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

Legal Assistance Center Volunteers

July 26, 2019 All Day

The Legal Assistance Center is seeking student volunteers for fall. Apply and get more information ONLINE at: https://legalassistancecenter.org/volunteer/ The LAC volunteer application deadline...

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News

Greendyk and Pattison win PLS/IR Outstanding Paper Award

May 01, 2019

Two papers were selected as the Outstanding Papers written in 2018

Hartline and Zomer Honored at Student Awards Convocation

April 11, 2019

Hartline and Zomer Honored at Student Awards Convocation

Jones Selected as Truman Finalist

April 04, 2019

Political Science and International Relations major Cameron Jones is a finalist for the prestigious Truman Scholar competition.

WKTV Interviews Professor Gasim

April 02, 2019

Dr. Gamal Gasim interviewed as part of WKTV's Journal In Focus series.

PLS 325 Winter 2020

March 23, 2019

PLS 325 Human Rights and Democracy in Russia and the Post-Communist World

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Spotlights

James Spaanstra

Energy and Natural Resources Attorney

Dan Matthews

National Assistant Principal of the Year

Steve Smith

Commissioned as Coast Guard Officer

Robert Monaghan

Corporate Executive and Nonprofit Leader

Maro Houhanisin

Attorney for Probate, Estate Planning and Domestic Relations

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