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

NPHC Stroll Off

February 24, 2024 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Fun, and exciting Cultural Step show hosted by the National Pan-Hellenic Council to showcase there organizational strolls on the big stage for the GVSU community to see in a competitive light....

Utopia: A Music and Dance Ambient Experience

February 25, 2024 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Two performance times: 11:30 AM and 2:30 PM Inspired by the Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park commissioned sculpture "Utopia" by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, GVSU faculty members Hannah...

Virtual Information Session: Fulbright US Student Program (English Teaching Assistantship and Study/Research)

February 27, 2024 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Interested in teaching English abroad as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA)? Curious about the Fulbright Study/Research (S/R) grants for US students seeking support for a year of funded graduate...

Learning from the Lessons of Time

February 28, 2024 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

While today’s market headlines may feel new, they are not unprecedented. History shows that markets will rise and fall, and crises will come and go. That’s why having a disciplined approach...

Virtual Information Session: Fulbright US Student Program (English Teaching Assistantship and Study/Research)

February 28, 2024 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Interested in teaching English abroad as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA)? Curious about the Fulbright Study/Research (S/R) grants for US students seeking support for a year of funded graduate...

Film & Video and Illustration Alumni Gathering - Los Angeles

March 5, 2024 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Join us for an opportunity to meet and mingle with fellow GVSU alumni!  Meet and connect with Film & Video and Illustration alumni and welcome a group of current Film/Video and Illustration...

JCPenney Suit Up - Winter 2024

March 24, 2024 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

All Grand Valley students and alumni are invited to attend a GVSU/JCPenney Suit-Up Event! This event will include options to participate virtually or in-person. In-person: Come to JCPenney at RiverTown...

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News

Tafel Recognized for Excellence in Teaching

Tafel Recognized for Excellence in Teaching

Dr. Tafel wins Pew Teaching Excellence Award

Feb 19, 2024

Outstanding Student Paper Competition

Outstanding Student Paper Competition

Eligibility is open to all students who major in political science or international relations.

Feb 13, 2024

John T. Batchelder Political Science Scholarship

John T. Batchelder Political Science Scholarship

The John T. Batchelder scholarship is funded by a generous grant from the Batchelder family. The scholarship honors Dr. John Thayer Batchelder who served as a Grand Valley State University professor until his retirement in 1997.

Feb 13, 2024

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Spotlights

Erin (Meteer) Hendges

Campaign Fundraiser Founds Consulting Firm

Toby Hutchins

Toby Hutchins, Vice President of Fennville Board of Education

Ryan Meyer

Ryan Meyer, Program Manager for the American College of Cardiology.

Andrea Haverdink

Andrea Haverdink, Digital Director at Americans For Tax Fairness and Creative Director for Unfiltered Media

Jordan Meagher

Parks Planner for Metro Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee

Kara Cook

Policy Advisor, Executive Office of Governor Whitmer

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