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Your career starts with you, develops in the classroom, and continues in the field. Political science is excellent preparation for a wide variety of jobs and careers. Many classes feature debates, simulations and real-world problem solving. Our small class sizes enable you to develop the skills needed to advance in your career and/or graduate school:
We highly recommend internships for our students. Internships are available in Michigan and in DC through our affiliation with the Washington Center.
Political science is an excellent major for a wide range of graduate programs, including law school, business and public administration.
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The Political Science Department offers a wide range of courses in the General Education curriculum. Many students who are not political science majors find our General Education courses stimulating and provocative. Majors and minors are able to take these courses to simultaneously fulfill General Education and major/minor requirements.
Political science is a very popular major or minor for pre-law students (students who plan to attend law school). The Political Science Department has a pre-law faculty advisor. The Department offers a dual degree (BA or BA plus JD from MSU College of Law). For more information, visit the pre-law page.
October 31, 2017
We were thrilled to welcome our Distinguished Alumnus-in-Residence, Tim Zeeb.
October 16, 2017
PLS 325 Human Rights and Democracy in Russia and the Post-Communist World
May 19, 2017
Gabrielle Lewis and Estefany Paniagua-Pardo are the winners of the John T. Batchelder Scholarship.
May 12, 2017
Audrey Tappenden received the Excellence in a Discipline Award.
May 08, 2017
GVSU Political Science alumnus Eri Veliaj delivered the April Commencement address.
The Henry Internship places a GVSU student in the Washington, D.C. offices of one of Michigan’s U.S. Representatives or Senators during the spring/summer session. The Paul B. Henry...
We are currently seeking 2 Democracy Fellows to assist with voter engagement efforts on campus. We are looking to have students selected by Feb. 1. Students would be paid a $1200 stipend and would...
The Public Policy and Leadership Conference (PPLC) seeks to provide students from underrepresented, underserved, low socioeconomic status areas access and opportunity to graduate programs focused on...
The Department of Political Science and International Relations program are holding our fifth annual Outstanding Paper Award competition. We invite all students who major or minor (including...