About Us

Mission and Vision

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

Annie Hakim

Annie Hakim

Selected as one of 33 participants in the "Challenge Detroit" fellowship program

Lizzie Heyboer

Lizzie Heyboer

National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Fellowship

Amanda Miralrio

Amanda Miralrio

Compliance Office for U.S. Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control

Aing-On Thammarattananon

Aing-On Thammarattananon

Assistant to Political Affairs, Royal Thai Embassy in D.C.

Edward Cardenas

Edward Cardenas

Media and Communications Expert

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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

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

Study Abroad Scholarship Winners

Study Abroad Scholarship Winners

May 01, 2015

This year's study abroad scholarship recipients are Santicouk Saycocie, David Leestma, and Chelsea Michalec

Model EU

Model EU

April 20, 2015

GVSU students travel to Indiana University for Model EU.

PLS 385 Russian and Post-Soviet Politics

PLS 385 Russian and Post-Soviet Politics

March 28, 2015

Offered winter semester 2016, Mondays and Wednesdays at 1:30-2:45 p.m.

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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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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