About Us

Misson 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

Amy Bush

Amy Bush

Intern at Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies

David Leestma

David Leestma

Winner of Nationally Competitive Critical Language Scholarship

Anne Marie Carson

Anne Marie Carson

Graduate of the Georgetown Law Class of 2014 and member of the Georgetown Global Law Scholars

Quinlyn Mork

Quinlyn Mork

Studying Abroad in Ghana

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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

Phelan ('11) Awarded Fulbright Teaching Scholarship

Phelan ('11) Awarded Fulbright Teaching Scholarship

June 24, 2014

Kathryn Phelan will be teaching English in Brazil.

GVSU Team Wins World Quest 2014

GVSU Team Wins World Quest 2014

May 09, 2014

PIC Corp Team wins the 2014 World Quest competition hosted by the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan

PLS 339 Comparative Democratization

PLS 339 Comparative Democratization

May 07, 2014

PLS 339 offered this fall semester, Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:30-5:45 p.m.

IR Students Awarded PIC Study Abroad Scholarship

IR Students Awarded PIC Study Abroad Scholarship

April 29, 2014

Three IR students have been awarded PIC Study Abroad Scholarships for 2014-15

Leestma Awarded Boren Scholarship

Leestma Awarded Boren Scholarship

April 29, 2014

IR major David Leestma wins nationally competitive Boren Scholarship.

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Events

WMWTA Panel Discussion:

WMWTA Panel Discussion:

September 30, 2014 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Background: The recent annexation of Crimea, subsequent downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, and ongoing unrest in East Ukraine have significantly altered US and European Union (EU) relations...

Boren Scholarship Information Session

Boren Scholarship Information Session

October 1, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The Frederik Meijer Office of Fellowships will host two information sessions on Boren Scholarship to discuss the purpose of the scholarship and the application process ·         Wednesday,...

International Relations Discussion Series: International Sex Selection Abortion: Causes and Controversies

International Relations Discussion Series: International Sex Selection Abortion: Causes and Controversies

October 1, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM

The video “It’s a Girl” and the book “Unnatural Selection” have attempted to draw greater attention to the  phenomenon of sex selective abortion. Widespread in India,...

What is the Peace Corps Really Like?

What is the Peace Corps Really Like?

October 2, 2014 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Three recent IR alumnae have all completed their Peace Corps service in the past year.  They have agreed to come to GVSU and discuss their experiences on Thursday, October 2, 7-8:30 pm.  The...

Study Abroad Fair

Study Abroad Fair

October 9, 2014 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Thinking about studying abroad? Be sure to attend this fall's Study Abroad Fair. Remember that studying in another country not only helps you to gain important language and intercultural communication...

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