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Prospective Students

Welcome to GVSU International Relations

Are you ready to:

  • Study how terrorist networks are created and how they attract new members?
  • Examine the impact of climate change and how nations are cooperating to slow global warming?
  • Learn why so many of Michigan’s manufacturing jobs have been lost to China, Mexico, and other countries?
  • Read books by famous world leaders and diplomats?
  • Specialize in a region and learn intensely about its language, history, and culture?
  • Travel abroad and learn about international cultures and organizations first hand?

If you answered yes to these questions, then you should consider majoring in International Relations at GVSU. Our program will provide you with the education and skills you need to be successful in a variety of international fields!

The GVSU IR program is Interdisciplinary; to fulfill the major students need to earn credits in:

  • Political Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • Economics and Business
  • Foreign Language

Read more about us, or consult the popular pages below. 

Spotlights

Haley Gerlofs

Haley Gerlofs

Refugee Assistance at Bethany Christian with Americorps

Kristen Childs

Kristen Childs

IR and Geography graduate studying GIS on DAAD scholarship in Germany and Boren scholarship in Slovenia

Chris Williams

Chris Williams

IR Graduate with Internship Experience in Brazil

Megan Murphy

Megan Murphy

Project Manager at Community Research Institute

Courtney Johnston

Courtney Johnston

Entrepreneur Founds Copywriting Business

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Events

Legal and Bioethical Dilemmas Regarding Surrogacy

Legal and Bioethical Dilemmas Regarding Surrogacy

September 28, 2016 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

In the last thirty years, the desire to become a parent has been achieved in many cases through surrogacy, a phenomenon that has become a heated issue of law and bioethics.  The change in families,...

Sri Lanka: the Influence of a Small State Among Superpowers

Sri Lanka: the Influence of a Small State Among Superpowers

October 5, 2016 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Professor Diven will present her sabbatical research on Sri Lanka, including background on the history and culture of this "Pearl of the Indian Ocean." She will summarize her research into...

Human Rights Film Series: The Good Lie, starring Reese Witherspoon

Human Rights Film Series: The Good Lie, starring Reese Witherspoon

October 13, 2016 6:30 PM

The Good Lie, starring Reese Witherspoon Story of Sudanese refugees adapting to life in the US.  Poignant telling of the aftermath of genocide, immigrant rights, and the sometimes hilarious...

Human Rights Film Series: MacFarland, USA, starring Kevin Costner

Human Rights Film Series: MacFarland, USA, starring Kevin Costner

November 10, 2016 6:30 PM

MacFarland, USA, starring Kevin Costner Costner portrays a Southern California high school coach starting a cross country team for migrant farm workers.  True story. *LIB 100 and 201 approved

Human Rights Film Series: Rango, animated film starring Johnny Depp

Human Rights Film Series: Rango, animated film starring Johnny Depp

December 1, 2016 6:30 PM

Rango, animated film starring Johnny Depp Somewhat light take on environmental rights issues, including the right to water.  Everyone needs a night of animation before final exams. �*LIB...

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News

PLS 325 Winter 2017

PLS 325 Winter 2017

September 19, 2016

PLS 325 Human Rights and Democracy in Russia and the Post-Communist World

Professor Diven Researches and Teaches in Sri Lanka

Professor Diven Researches and Teaches in Sri Lanka

July 18, 2016

As part of her winter 2016 sabbatical project, Professor Polly Diven spent the month of February teaching and researching in Sri Lanka.

International Relations Summer Interns 2016

International Relations Summer Interns 2016

June 28, 2016

Many of our students are pursuing internships this spring/summer at a variety of Grand Rapids, DC, and international placements.

IR Major Khader Jabbar Receives Gilman Award

IR Major Khader Jabbar Receives Gilman Award

June 07, 2016

Khader Jabbar was one of two Grand Valley students who were recently selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Jiri Aberle Wins Thomas Seykora Award

Jiri Aberle Wins Thomas Seykora Award

June 07, 2016

Congratulations to Jiri Aberle, GVSU IR 2016, who won the Thomas Seykora Award for his "outstanding contribution to the campus community" and excellent academic standing.

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