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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

David Johnson

David Johnson

Attorney in Global Sourcing and Technology Transactions

Sheila Garcia

Sheila Garcia

American Library Association "Spectrum Scholar"

Tim Zeeb

Tim Zeeb

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

Kaylin Klein

Kaylin Klein

2015 IR Graduate is Teaching English in Japan

Jessica Soto Smith

Jessica Soto Smith

Global Engagement Team, Buffett Institute for Global Studies at Northwestern University

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Events

Chiaroscuro International Film Series: Timbuktu

Chiaroscuro International Film Series: Timbuktu

February 26, 2017 2:00 PM

Please join us this Sunday, February 26th! Timbuktu is a 2014 French-Mauritanian drama film directed by Abderrahmane Sissako. It was selected to compete for the Palme...

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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