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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 10, 2016
Professors Diven and Constantelos attend the European Conference of Political Research conference in Prague.
October 10, 2016
GVSU 2011 IR graduate Kelly McCurdy is working on the Clinton campaign in Pennsylvania.
September 19, 2016
PLS 325 Human Rights and Democracy in Russia and the Post-Communist World
September 18, 2016
Political Science professors, Dr. Donald Zinman and Dr. Erika King, discuss the presidential campaign with Rick Albin on "To the Point"
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.
Learn about $20k scholarships and fellowships for language study and research abroad! Tuesday, October 25th Niemeyer Multipurpose Room Each session will present information on both Undergraduate...
Election Panel: Allendale Campus Event Perspectives on the 2016 Election Polls consistently show that two of every three Americans believe our country is on the wrong track. Not surprisingly,...
Wednesday, October 26 1:30-2:45 PM Lake Michigan Hall Room 114 FREE and open to the Public Mobilizing Democracy Lessons from Uganda How can government become more responsive to the voices...
Election Panel: Grand Rapids Campus Event Perspectives on the 2016 Election All too frequently, it appears that the presidential election cycle has left our public language coarse and rigid,...
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