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

Study Abroad Fellowships: Gilman, Freeman-Asia, Bridging, Fund for Education Abroad and more!

June 27, 2022 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Planning to study abroad on a GVSU-approved program? Interested in exploring external, competitive, prestigious programs of support for international study? Join us to learn more! RSVP...

Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Literacy Studies with an emphasis in Reading/Language Arts Online Information Session

June 28, 2022 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The Grand Valley State University Graduate Education Program Directors are hosting an online information session. Join our dynamic faculty as they provide an overview of the Master of Education (M.Ed.)...

Explore US-UK Fulbright Award offerings and meet UK Universities!

June 28, 2022 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Greetings from the US-UK Fulbright Commission! Interested to learn more about the Fulbright Award offerings in the UK? Want to better understand how the US-UK Fulbright Commission handles recommended...

MHA, MPA, MPNL, PMASI Online Information Session

June 29, 2022 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM

The Grand Valley State University Master of Health Administration (MHA), Master of Public Administration (MPA), Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership, and Professional Master...

Is Graduate School Right for Me?

July 7, 2022 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

You’ll learn practical tips on how to prepare for grad school, how to enhance your grad application and profile, and, hopefully, answer the question is graduate school right for me. Whether...

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

July 13, 2022 3:00 PM - 4:00 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...

M.Ed. in Educational Leadership & Educational Specialist in Leadership (Ed.S.) Online Information Session

July 21, 2022 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The Grand Valley State University College of Education Leadership (M.Ed.) & Educational Specialist in Leadership (Ed.S.) Graduate Program Directors are hosting an online information session. Join...

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News

Craig Wins GV in DC Scholarship

Craig Wins GV in DC Scholarship

The Political Science Department is pleased to announce that Samantha Craig is our GV in DC Scholarship winner for 2022.

Jun 21, 2022

Hiskes Wins Distinguished Human Rights Scholar Award

Hiskes Wins Distinguished Human Rights Scholar Award

Professor Richard Hiskes, who retired in 2020 from the GVSU Political Science Department, has been awarded the 2022 Distinguished Human Rights Scholar Award from the Human Rights Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA)

Jun 7, 2022

Recent Grad Interns with Czech Consulate

Recent Grad Interns with Czech Consulate

Stepan Loffelmann is busy with his summer internship at the Consulate of the Czech Republic in Chicago.

May 24, 2022

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Spotlights

Steve Smith

Executive Assistant to the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Worldwide Digital Content, Advertising, and Corporate Development

Reginald Oates

Program Evaluator for Government-funded Programs

Rebekah Bakker

Rebekah Bakker, Business Development Manager at Custer, Inc.

James Spaanstra

Energy and Natural Resources Attorney

Derrick Mathis

Keeping the Community Warm

Lindsay (Schachtner) Ryan

Lindsay Ryan, Chief of Staff, Congressman John Moolenaar

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