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Mission and Vision

Mission – Political Science Department

The mission of the Department of Political Science is to prepare students for citizenship, post-baccalaureate education and professional careers through a wide range of course offerings, advising, internships, and experience in local, state, national and international contexts.

Vision – Political Science Department

The Department of Political Science is committed to setting a standard of excellence in the undergraduate study of Political Science. Students gain comprehensive knowledge of American and global governance and politics through coursework in American politics, political theory, comparative politics and international relations. We prepare students to be well-informed citizens and to make meaningful contributions to local, state, national, and international communities. We foster a diverse community engaged in inquiry, expression, and rigorous scholarship.

Mission – International Relations Program

The mission of the International Relations Program, an interdisciplinary program housed in the Department of Political Science, is to prepare students for citizenship, post-baccalaureate education, and professional careers through interdisciplinary coursework in international relations, advising, and participation in internships, with an emphasis on study abroad and other international experiences.

Vision – International Relations Program

We are committed to setting a standard of excellence in the interdisciplinary undergraduate study of International Relations, including the geography, history, economics, languages and politics of global interactions. International Relations students gain comprehensive knowledge of the complex economic, social, cultural and political relationships among citizens, societies, states and international institutions. Students attain both theoretical and experiential knowledge of International Relations and critical analytic skills through study on campus and, in most cases, study abroad. We prepare students to be well-informed citizens and to make meaningful contributions to the increasingly globalized world. We foster a diverse international community engaged in inquiry, expression, and rigorous scholarship.

Spotlights

Emily Brown

Emily Brown

Master's Student Working for State Department

Patrick Miller

Patrick Miller

Teaching at United States Military Academy

Quinlyn Mork

Quinlyn Mork

Studying Abroad in Ghana

Kristen Zeiter

Kristen Zeiter

Selected as UN Delegate

Maro Houhanisin

Maro Houhanisin

Attorney for Probate, Estate Planning and Domestic Relations

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Values

Values – Political Science and International Relations

In the Department of Political Science and the International Relations Program at Grand Valley State University, we strive toward acquiring and utilizing knowledge of Political Science and International Relations in a setting of academic freedom, methodological and theoretical pluralism, while encouraging disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration.

  • We value excellence in education facilitated through
    • Active student-teacher engagement and academic achievement in a rigorous and challenging course of study that emphasizes the development of critical and analytical thinking and writing.
    • Student exposure to a variety of theoretical and political perspectives for the purpose of enhancing critical and analytical thinking and writing skills.
    • A comprehensive coverage of the disciplines and access to a wide variety of upper-level courses.
    • Emphasis on internships, co-curricular and civic education opportunities in our local, state, national and global communities.
  • Excellence in faculty scholarship.
  • Service to the discipline, unit, college, university and community.
  • Student development as well-informed, global citizens in a democratic society.

News

Veronica Beltran Receives Thomas M. Seykora Award for Outstanding Contribution

Veronica Beltran Receives Thomas M. Seykora Award for Outstanding Contribution

May 05, 2015

Political Science and Spanish major, Veronica Beltran, is a recipient of the Seykora Award

Quinlyn Mork Receives Excellence-in-a-Discipline Award

Quinlyn Mork Receives Excellence-in-a-Discipline Award

May 05, 2015

Graduating Senior, Quinlyn Mork, was recognized as the outstanding student majoring in Political Science

Andrew Plague Presented with Kenneth R. Venderbush Student Leadership Award

Andrew Plague Presented with Kenneth R. Venderbush Student Leadership Award

May 05, 2015

Political Science Major, Andrew Plague, is the 2015 recipient of the Venderbush Award

Model EU

Model EU

April 20, 2015

GVSU students travel to Indiana University for Model EU.

PLS 382 Politics of Post-Communist Europe

PLS 382 Politics of Post-Communist Europe

March 28, 2015

Offered this fall semester, Mondays and Wednesdays at 4:30-5:45 p.m.

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