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GVSU International Relations 

irdept@gvsu.edu

Phone: 616-331-2320

1121 AuSable Hall
1 Campus Dr
Allendale, MI 49401-9403

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Why GVSU International Relations?

Students in the international relations program examine the sources of tension that create conflict among nations, interdependence among nations, and ways in which international management and diplomacy can promote cooperation.

Program Offerings at Grand Valley

International relations graduates receive a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree. We also offer a minor in international relations. In addition to the general international relations curriculum, students may select emphases in:

  • Area studies such as Latin American studies, Middle East studies, African studies, and East Asian studies
  • Economics and business
  • History and geography
  • Political science

Coursework

The curriculum is designed to give students a broad base of knowledge. Some of the subjects included are:

  • Emerging markets issues
  • Geography
  • International law
  • Macro and microeconomics
  • U.S. foreign policy

Career Options

Students may work in fields such as:

  • Government service
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Public policy
  • Teaching

Why Study International Relations at Grand Valley?

  • A broad curriculum that prepares students for a wide variety of careers.
  • An excellent study abroad program that gives students the once-in-a-lifetime experiences that significantly enrich their educations.
  • An active internship program where students get credits for internship experience.

Spotlights

Meghan Augsburger

Meghan Augsburger

2016 Outstanding Student with Rwanda Experience Now Working with Political Strategy Firm in DC

Annie Hakim

Annie Hakim

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

Kristina Bray

Kristina Bray

STAIR IR Grad Works as Customs Compliance Officer

Quinlyn Mork

Quinlyn Mork

Grand Rapids Paralegal Volunteers with Iraqi Refugee Community

Tim Zeeb

Tim Zeeb

IR Grad Pursues Career in Finance, Becomes Managing Director at Conway MacKenzie

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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.

 

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.
 

Events

Democracy 101: Do Protests Matter?

Democracy 101: Do Protests Matter?

February 22, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Democracy 101 A Series of Critical Conversations (and free pizza!)  “Do Protests Matter?”  Presenter: Dr. Louis Moore, Associate Professor of History & Coordinator...

The World Affairs Council - South China Sea: Clash of Strategies

The World Affairs Council - South China Sea: Clash of Strategies

February 27, 2017 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM

Concerned About “Fake News”? Here’s what we’re doing about it. The World Affairs Council brings in experts who have the real scoop: diplomats; policy makers and...

Democracy 101 - The Path to Dictatorship: How Hitler Consolidated Power (1933-34)

Democracy 101 - The Path to Dictatorship: How Hitler Consolidated Power (1933-34)

February 28, 2017 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Democracy 101 A Series of Critical Conversations (and free pizza!) “The Path to Dictatorship: How Hitler Consolidated Power (1933-34)”   Presenter: Dr. Gary Stark, Professor...

Democracy 101: The Role of Media in a Democracy

Democracy 101: The Role of Media in a Democracy

March 1, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Democracy 101 A Series of Critical Conversations (and free pizza!) “The Role of Media in a Democracy” Presenters:  Dr. Len O’Kelly, Assistant Professor of Multimedia...

Social science and global health: a very real need

Social science and global health: a very real need

March 2, 2017 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM

Social science and global health: a very real need Guest Lecture by Dr. Juliet Bedford   Date: Thursday, March 2nd Time:  11:30-12:45 Location: Kirkhof Center room 2204 Pere...

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News

Paul B. Henry Congressional Internship

Paul B. Henry Congressional Internship

January 18, 2017

The Henry Internship places a GVSU student in the Washington, D.C. offices of one of Michigans U.S. Representatives or Senators during the spring/summer 2017 session.

Professor Walhof's Book: The Democratic Theory of Hans-Georg Gadamer

Professor Walhof's Book: The Democratic Theory of Hans-Georg Gadamer

January 17, 2017

Walhofs book examines the distinctive contribution that the writings of Hans-Georg Gadamer make to democratic theory.

Scholarships from the Grand Rapids Sister City Perugia Committee

Scholarships from the Grand Rapids Sister City Perugia Committee

December 13, 2016

Two visiting students from the University of Perugia receive scholarships from the Grand Rapids Sister City Perugia Committee

GVSU Interns in Washington DC, Fall 2016

GVSU Interns in Washington DC, Fall 2016

October 25, 2016

Washington Center Interns Fall 2016

GVSU IR Grad Working on Clinton Campaign

GVSU IR Grad Working on Clinton Campaign

October 10, 2016

GVSU 2011 IR graduate Kelly McCurdy is working on the Clinton campaign in Pennsylvania.

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