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.



April 15, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

The Global Express is a public forum on global affairs and current events on Wednesdays through the winter semester. Join us on April 15 when Dr. David Alvarez, Professor of English, talks...

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Jones Wins Venderbush Student Leadership Award

April 07, 2020

Cameron Jones is the 2020 recipient of the Venderbush Student Leadership Award.

Bryan Wins PLS Excellence-in-a-Discipline Award

April 07, 2020

Miranda Bryan is the 2020 recipient of the Excellence-in-a-Discipline Award for Political Science

Outstanding Paper Award

February 23, 2020

Outstanding Paper Award Submissions Due by April 10.

Scholarship Opportunities for 2020-21 for Political Science and International Relations Students

February 10, 2020

Scholarship Opportunities for 2020-21 for Political Science and International Relations Students

Alumnus Donor and Students Connect over Coffee

February 04, 2020

Student scholarship winners meet with donor Tim Zeeb.

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Khalil Rahal

Khalil Rahal Leads Economic Development in Detroit.

Robert Monaghan

Corporate Executive and Nonprofit Leader

Adam Hukkula

First-year Student Interns for MI House Democrats

Kirsten Zeiter

Selected as UN Delegate

Jill Grifhorst

US Supreme Court

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