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

Educational Specialist in Leadership (Ed.S.) Online Information Session

August 3, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The Grand Valley State University College of Education Educational Specialist in Leadership (Ed.S.) Graduate Program Director is hosting an online information session. Join our dynamic faculty as they...

ESL Endorsement Online Information Session

August 5, 2021 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

The Grand Valley State University College of Education Graduate Program Directors are hosting an online information session regarding the ESL endorsement. Join our dynamic faculty as they provide an...

M.Ed. Instruction and Curriculum Online Information Session

August 10, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The Grand Valley State University College of Education Graduate Program Directors are hosting an online information session. Join our dynamic faculty as they provide an overview of the program, admission...

Ethics, Practical Reasoning, Agency: Wilfrid Sellars' Practical Philosophy (Online Workshop)

August 11, 2021 All Day

Ethics, Practical Reasoning, Agency: Wilfrid Sellars' Practical Philosophy August 11-14, 2021 Throughout his career, Wilfrid Sellars devoted much of his work to issues in practical philosophy....

Is Graduate School Right for Me?

August 14, 2021 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

You’ll learn practical tips on how to prepare for grad school, how to enhance your grad application and profile, and, hopefully, answer the question is graduate school right for me. Whether...

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News

Alumni Heading to Law School

Alumni Heading to Law School

Clockwise from top left: Marie Edouard, Jenia Thompson, Madeline Clark, Lauren Moine, Ethan Haughie, Alexys Neal

Aug 2, 2021

LEAP Students to Attend MSU Law

LEAP Students to Attend MSU Law

Political Science LEAP students Marissa Accardo (l) and Nick Raak (r) will start at MSU Law this fall.

Aug 2, 2021

GVSU Students Intern in DC through The Washington Center

GVSU Students Intern in DC through The Washington Center

The department of Political Science and International Relations is pleased to have four of our students participating in TWCs summer program. 

Jul 19, 2021

Salam Recipient of GV in DC Scholarship

Salam Recipient of GV in DC Scholarship

Congratulations to Shireen Salam!

Jun 22, 2021

This Year's Outstanding Paper Award Winner

This Year's Outstanding Paper Award Winner

Congratulations to Samantha Post!

May 5, 2021

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Spotlights

Reginald Oates

Reginald Oates

Program Evaluator for Government-funded Programs

Alan Dunklow

Alan Dunklow

Assistant Attorney General for the State of Maryland

Jacob Simon

Jacob Simon

Jacob Simon, Associate Attorney at The Law Office of Susan E. Cohen and Adjunct Professor at Michigan State University College of Law

Rebekah Bailey

Rebekah Bailey

Rebakah Bailey, Partner at Nichols Kaster in Minneapolis

Erin (Meteer) Hendges

Erin (Meteer) Hendges

Campaign Fundraiser Founds Consulting Firm

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