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

French Music (With Info On Manie Musicale)

March 8, 2021 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

At this meeting, we will go through some popular French music artists and talk about our favorite French music. Here, we will also introduce the rules and information for our Manie Musicale (a...

David Eisenhower: Eisenhower, Hauenstein, and the Men and Women Who Saved Civilization - INT 100/201 APPROVED!

March 18, 2021 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The story of our namesake, Colonel Ralph W. Hauenstein, is also the story of the European Theater of U.S. Operations, led by General Dwight D. Eisenhower. Under General Eisenhower, Ralph served as...

Drop-In Service

March 19, 2021 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Join us for a drop-in service event! We will be doing a variety of projects that will benefit various non-profits in the Greater Grand Rapids Area! RSVP on LakerLink

French Art (and Film Festival) Discussion

March 22, 2021 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Come join us to talk about and view some (virtual) French art!! We will also attempt to take a virtual tour of the Louvre museum. If there is time, we will discuss the films that have shown so...

H.W. Brands: The Zealot and the Emancipator - INT 100/201 APPROVED!

April 22, 2021 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Hauenstein Center, along with our partners at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and Library, are proud to bring back a close friend in Professor...

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News

2021 Outstanding Paper Award

2021 Outstanding Paper Award

2021 PLS and IR Outstanding Paper Award

Feb 15, 2021

Free Political Science Tutoring

Free Political Science Tutoring

Tutors can help with content questions, study strategies, and exam review.

Feb 9, 2021

International and Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities

International and Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities

International and Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities

Feb 1, 2021

Scholarship Opportunities for 2021-22 for Political Science and International Relations students

Scholarship Opportunities for 2021-22 for Political Science and International Relations students

Applications are being accepted for four named scholarships.

Jan 25, 2021

Mangala Wins Distinguished Contribution in a Discipline Award

Mangala Wins Distinguished Contribution in a Discipline Award

Mangala Wins Distinguished Contribution in a Discipline Award

Dec 21, 2020

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Spotlights

Thomas Bell

Thomas Bell

Higher Education Consultant

Dan Matthews

Dan Matthews

National Assistant Principal of the Year

Lindsay Ryan

Lindsay Ryan

Lindsay Ryan

Joshua Lunger

Joshua Lunger

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

Andrea Haverdink

Andrea Haverdink

Andrea Haverdink

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