To make change, understand power. 

Our lives are affected by politics every day, and political events are happening all around us. Political Science is the study of politics and power 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, law, 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

Holland Pride Festival 2024

June 29, 2024 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Join GVSU at the Holland Pride Festival! This is a great opportunity to engage with the community and show how supportive GVSU is. Sign up to volunteer at our both or stop by to say hi! We hope to...

Writing Workshop for all August 16 Deadline Fellowships (Fulbright, Marshall, Rhodes)

July 7, 2024 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

You should have your essays for the Fulbright, Marshall and/or Rhodes Fellowships well underway! The internal GVSU deadline is August 16. It's not too late for feedback and guidance! If...

Writing Workshop for Fulbright US Student Program applicants (ETA and S/R)

July 25, 2024 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Have you begun work on your Fulbright U.S. Student Award essays? Would you welcome a review of the key components of the essays – and an opportunity to brainstorm opening sentences, paragraph...

Virtual Info Session: Gilman International Scholarship and other undergraduate fellowships that help with costs of study abroad - Interested in applying? Join me to learn more!

August 6, 2024 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Join me to learn more about the Gilman International Scholarship and other fellowships (external, competitive, high-impact opportunities) that help to defray the cost of undergraduate study abroad! The...

GVSU Alumni Chicago Cubs Night

August 20, 2024 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Join the Chicago Alumni Network for a fun night at Wrigley Field! Reconnect with fellow Chicago alums and watch the Chicago Cubs take on the Detroit Tigers.  Cost includes a $10 food voucher...

Canon Medical CME 2024

October 19, 2024 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Join the Medical Sonography Alumni Network for an event sponsored by Canon Medical! RSVP for this event

GVSU Medical Sonography Network Alumni Gala 2024

October 19, 2024 5:00 PM - 10:30 PM

Join us for the GVSU Medical Sonography Network Alumni Gala! We’ll have cocktails and dinner, an improv performance for entertainment, and lots of time to reconnect with your old classmates....

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News

Pullins Wins Outstanding Paper Award

Pullins Wins Outstanding Paper Award

Sarah D. Pullins is the winner of the Outstanding Paper Award for Political Science and International Relations.

May 3, 2024

Retirement Tribute: Professor Michelle Miller-Adams

Retirement Tribute: Professor Michelle Miller-Adams

The Political Science Department congratulates Professor Michelle Miller-Adams on her retirement.

Apr 15, 2024

GV in DC Scholarship Winner: Jackson Tisdale

GV in DC Scholarship Winner: Jackson Tisdale

Jackson Tisdale is the recipient of the GV in DC Scholarship for the 2023-24 academic year.

Apr 5, 2024

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Spotlights

Landon Hughes

Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard Medical School

Kirsten Zeiter

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

Megan Koops Fisher

Community Outreach Program Manager for Ready for School

Rebekah Bailey

Rebakah Bailey, Partner at Nichols Kaster in Minneapolis

Alan Dunklow

Assistant Attorney General for the State of Maryland

Chelsea Kendziorski

Student Summer Scholar 2014

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