Grand Valley Political Science Department

Welcome to the GVSU Political Science department.
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Why GVSU Political Science?

Faculty

  • Our courses are taught by professors, not graduate students.
  • The department is staffed with PhDs from top graduate programs.
  • Our focus is undergraduate education.
  • Multiple professors have won awards for their teaching.
  • Professors are published experts in their subfields.

Skill Development

  • Small class sizes enable skill development:
    • Critical thinking
    • Research
    • Data analysis
    • Digital literacy
    • Writing
    • Oral communication
  • Many classes feature debates, simulations and real-world problem solving.
  • Study abroad and improve your cross-cultural communication and problem-solving skills.

Spotlights

Emily Brown

Emily Brown

Master's Student Working for State Department

James Meernik

James Meernik

Political Science Professor

Toby Hutchins

Toby Hutchins

Student Wins School Board Seat

Derrick Mathis

Derrick Mathis

Keeping the Community Warm

Kristen Zeiter

Kristen Zeiter

Selected as UN Delegate

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Flexible Programs

  • Majors choose from a wide range of courses.
  • Choice of BA (language) or BS (statistics and research methods).
  • 36 credit, flexible major enables students to pursue double major if they prefer.
  • Minor options: general political science and a teachable minor for education.
  • We offer many courses for General Education.

Internships

  • Internships available locally, in Lansing, and throughout the state
  • Internships available in DC through our affiliation with the Washington Center

Careers or Graduate School

  • Many career options
  • Excellent preparation for a wide range of graduate programs

News

Chelsea Kendziorski's Research Published In Pi Sigma Alpha: The Undergraduate Journal of Politics

Chelsea Kendziorski's Research Published In Pi Sigma Alpha: The Undergraduate Journal of Politics

July 16, 2015

Recent PLS graduate, Chelsea Kendziorski, has had an article published in Pi Sigma Alpha's Undergraduate Journal

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.

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Events

Internship Information Meeting

Internship Information Meeting

September 2, 2015 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Recent interns will describe their internships with: The Open World Leadership Center, a diplomatic exchange organization in Washington, DC Kaliwatch International, a market research firm in...

International Relations Open House

International Relations Open House

September 16, 2015 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM

Calling all Business Majors!! Consider adding an INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS Major or Minor to your degree! For more information please click the link below: International Relations...

Political Science and International Relations Mixer

Political Science and International Relations Mixer

September 23, 2015 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Career and internship information will be provided. Prospective majors/minors welcome! Please click the link below for more information: Political Science and International Relations Mixer 2015

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