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

Hidden Wounds of War Conference

May 6, 2021 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

How can we better serve those who serve and have served us? This question challenges us to think about those who gave some, and those who gave all, to serve our communities and our nation. Veterans,...

Ronald C. White: Lincoln in Private

May 13, 2021 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Abraham Lincoln was known as a deeply private man, even among those who worked closest with him. Lincoln’s “best thoughts,” as he called them, came in the form of short notes; it...

Midwest History Conference

May 26, 2021 All Day

As in 2016, the 2020 election year shined a spotlight on the Midwest. This conference continues a vibrant discussion which has grown significantly over the last six years, a collaborative conference...

Midwest History Conference

May 27, 2021 All Day

As in 2016, the 2020 election year shined a spotlight on the Midwest. This conference continues a vibrant discussion which has grown significantly over the last six years, a collaborative conference...

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News

This Year's Outstanding Paper Award Winner

This Year's Outstanding Paper Award Winner

Congratulations to Samantha Post!

May 5, 2021

Bowen and Boss Named 2021-22 Batchelder Scholars

Bowen and Boss Named 2021-22 Batchelder Scholars

The Political Science Department is pleased to recognize Rebekkah Bowen and Kylie Boss as our Batchelder Scholars for the 2021-2022 school year.

Apr 28, 2021

Sumner Wins Political Science Excellence-in-a-discipline Award

Sumner Wins Political Science Excellence-in-a-discipline Award

The Political Science Department congratulates Starr Sumner, this year's winner of the Excellence-in-a-Discipline Award for Political Science.

Apr 5, 2021

Moine Receives Thomas M. Seykora Award

Moine Receives Thomas M. Seykora Award

Congratulations to Lauren Moine on being this year's recipient of the Thomas M. Seykora Award.

Apr 5, 2021

Miller-Adams Publishes New Book

Miller-Adams Publishes New Book

Professor Michelle Miller-Adams' new book, The Path to Free College, has just been published by Harvard Education Press.

Mar 22, 2021

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Spotlights

Jill Grifhorst

Jill Grifhorst

Jill Grifhorst

Robert Monaghan

Robert Monaghan

Corporate Executive and Nonprofit Leader

Alan Dunklow

Alan Dunklow

Assistant Attorney General for the State of Maryland

Dorothy Sewe

Dorothy Sewe

Aids Refugee Relocation Efforts

Shaun Brodie

Shaun Brodie

Shaun Brodie

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