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

Ryan Meyer

Ryan Meyer

Earning Master's of Public Policy at Georgetown University

Kristen Zeiter

Kristen Zeiter

Selected as UN Delegate

Megan Koops Fisher

Megan Koops Fisher

Community Outreach Program Manager for Ready for School

Dan Matthews

Dan Matthews

National Assistant Principal of the Year

Rebekah Bailey

Rebekah Bailey

Attorney for State and Federal Employment Law

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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...

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