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

Public Service & Human Rights Opportunities Information Session

September 29, 2021 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Many competitive national fellowships support students committed to engagement in the world, advancing social science research interests, developing skills in public service and international diplomacy,...

Democracy 101: Doing Democracy Through Student Voter Engagement

September 29, 2021 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Voting is a critical aspect of a democracy, but can be difficult to jump into. Join us as we learn more about challenges to full voter participation and how Michigan student voters influence the...

Webinar: Wind Turbines, Water, and Weird Weather: The Future of Energy in a Warming Michigan

September 30, 2021 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM

Join us as we discuss the future of energy sources in Michigan. What role will the major utilities play? What are the politics involved? Which sources show the most potential? Will...

Public Service & Human Rights Opportunities Information Session

September 30, 2021 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Many competitive national fellowships support students committed to engagement in the world, advancing social science research interests, developing skills in public service and international diplomacy,...

Hispanic Heritage Celebration: Invisible

September 30, 2021 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Rukia Kufakunoga is an up-and-coming children�s book author. Her debut book, Latina Looks Like Me: Latina Como Yo, was written as an ode to her 10-year-old self, as she navigated the complexities...

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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

Lindsay (Schachtner) Ryan Spotlight

Lindsay (Schachtner) Ryan

Lindsay Ryan, Chief of Staff, Congressman John Moolenaar

Rebekah Bakker Spotlight

Rebekah Bakker

Rebekah Bakker, Business Development Manager at Custer, Inc.

Mollie Smith Spotlight

Mollie Smith

Sales account manager at Learning Care Group in Novi, Michigan

Joshua Lunger Spotlight

Joshua Lunger

Joshua Lunger, Senior Director of Government Affairs, Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce.

Kirsten Zeiter Spotlight

Kirsten Zeiter

Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist for the U.S. State Departments Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).

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