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 - Civil Dialogue - INT 100/201 APPROVED!

December 2, 2020 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

A session to encourage productive conversations and challenge people to think critically about issues facing our community and nation. INT 100/201 approved! RSVP on LakerLink

Tea Time! - What Are We Thankful For?

December 3, 2020 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Tea Time is a new addition to the CSLC's projects. Tea Time is a live feed that occurs biweekly on Thursdays at 7 p.m. During our live feeds, our host and guest will discuss topics in current events...

GVSU Peer to Peer Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiative application

December 4, 2020 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

As a part of the GVSU Presidential Partners in Action Against Racism effort, partners from across campus are working together to develop a peer-to-peer diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI)...

Kasey Pipes: The Resurrection of Richard Nixon--Our Elder Statesman - INT 100 APPROVED!

December 10, 2020 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

In August of 1974, Richard Nixon became the first and only president to resign from office. Nevertheless, within a decade of his resignation, Nixon found himself advising on campaign strategy, foreign...

Tea Time! - Perspectives, Acceptance, and Inclusion

December 10, 2020 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Tea Time is a new addition to the CSLC's projects. Tea Time is a live feed that occurs biweekly on Thursdays at 7 p.m. During our live feeds, our host and guest will discuss topics in current events...

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News

Retirement Tribute: Professor Richard Hiskes

November 11, 2020

The Political Science Department congratulates Professor Rich Hiskes on his retirement.

Retirement Tribute: Professor Erika King

November 11, 2020

The Political Science Department congratulates Professor Erika King on her retirement.

Judge Bocanegra Feature

November 10, 2020

Bocanegra was recently elected to serve as a Judge for the 58th District Court in Ottawa County.

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

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Spotlights

Thomas Bell

Higher Education Consultant

Mollie Smith

Student Founds Breast Cancer Awareness Organization.

James Meernik

Political Science Professor

Jay Fleming

Jay Fleming

Richard Damstra

Richard Damstra

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