Grand Valley Political Science Department

Welcome to the GVSU Political Science department!

Our lives are affected by politics every day, and political events are happening all around us. Political Science is the study of politics in its many forms, including protest movements and revolutions, law-making and criminal justice, war and international conflicts, human rights violations and efforts to stop them, campaigns and elections in the U.S. and around the world, and competing political ideas and ideologies.

Our courses provide the tools to analyze and understand all of these things and more, and they also help students develop skills in research, analysis, writing, and speaking that are necessary for success in a variety of professions. Our graduates work in nonprofit organizations, international affairs, business, education, advocacy groups, and in local, state, and national government.

The GVSU Political Science Department offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in Political Science. We also host an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations.


Events

Democracy 101 - Student Senate Panel

September 30, 2020 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Learn about Student Senate and how you can make a change on campus about the things you�re passionate about. INT 100/201 approved! RSVP on LakerLink

Democracy 101 - Student Senate Panel

September 30, 2020 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Learn about Student Senate and how you can make a change on campus about the things you�re passionate about. INT 100/201 approved! RSVP on LakerLink

Democracy 101 - Election Security: Does my vote really count?

October 7, 2020 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us to learn about Voter Suppression today and how your vote makes an impact. INT 100/201 approved! RSVP on LakerLink

Democracy 101 - Election Security: Does my vote really count?

October 7, 2020 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us to learn about Voter Suppression today and how your vote makes an impact. INT 100/201 approved! RSVP on LakerLink

Blood Drive with Versiti Blood Center of Michigan

October 13, 2020 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The following Blood Drive is being held in partnership with Versiti Blood Center of Michigan. It will be held in a blood bus in the Marketplace parking lot (see lot MP on this campus map)...

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News

Poll Workers Needed! Campus Compact Launches Effort to Staff Polling Places

August 19, 2020

Poll workers needed for 2020 election.

Financial Assistance for Students

June 15, 2020

Financial Assistance for Students

Pattison Wins Political Science and International Relations Outstanding Paper Award, Student Summer Scholars Grant

June 08, 2020

Pattison Wins Political Science and International Relations Outstanding Paper Award, Student Summer Scholars Grant

Michigan Townships Association Robinson Scholarship available to students seeking a career in local government

May 29, 2020

Michigan Townships Association Robinson Scholarship available to students seeking a career in local government

Congratulations to Graduating Political Science Majors!

April 25, 2020

The Political Science faculty heartily congratulates all of our graduating Political Science majors.

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Spotlights

Andrea Vanderkolk

Studies Arabic in Jordan

Audrey Tappenden

Audrey Tappenden

Ethan Haan

Clerk's Assistant with Oakland Township

Chelsea Kendziorski

Student Summer Scholar 2014

Amanda Fortino

Amanda Fortino

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