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.


Careers in MIS: Consulting, Technology, and Supply Chain

September 25, 2023 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

The Careers in MIS event provides Grand Valley State University Management Information Systems, Supply Chain Management, and other students and alumni interested in the areas of supply chain, consulting,...

JCPenney Suit Up - Fall 2023

October 1, 2023 3:00 PM - 6:00 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...

Graduate School Fair

October 3, 2023 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM

The Grand Valley State University Career Center will be hosting its annual Graduate School Fair on Tuesday, October 3rd, 2023 from 10:30am - 1:30pm in the Henry Hall Atrium in Allendale. We...

Discussion on the China-Taiwan Conflict

October 3, 2023 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

This discussion will address the history and evolution of the conflict between the People's Republic of China and Taiwan. In addition to the historical origins of the conflict, participants will...

Inspiration Station Kickoff with Shannon Cohen

October 5, 2023 2:00 PM

Join us for an Inspiration Session: Remaining Curious, Creative, & Cutting-Edge GVSU Alumna, Shannon Cohen Thursday, October 5th, 2 PM, Grand River Room (KC). Shannon’s new “Hope...

U.S. Student Fulbright EXTERNAL Deadline

October 10, 2023 5:00 PM

The US Student Fulbright program is the flagship international exchange program of the US State Department. There are two basic types of Fulbright awards: English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Award and...

GVSU Fall 2023 Career and Internship Fair

October 12, 2023 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Fall Career & Internship Fair is an excellent place to kick off your job or internship search, or to begin networking with organizations looking to hire Grand Valley students and alumni of...

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IR & PLS Alumni Attending Law School at FIU, Indiana and Tennessee

IR & PLS Alumni Attending Law School at FIU, Indiana and Tennessee

Clockwise from top left: Emma Everhart-Deckard (Indiana), Charlie Anderson (Indiana), Zachary Schmidt (Tennessee), Tyler Newland (FIU)

Sep 1, 2023

PLS Alumni Starting Law School at Michigan, MSU and UDM

PLS Alumni Starting Law School at Michigan, MSU and UDM

Clockwise from top left: Zachary Richardson (UDM), Alexis Krichevsky (UDM), Tyler Hines (Michigan), Julian Sanders (MSU)

Sep 1, 2023

IR & PLS Alumni Heading to Wayne Law

IR & PLS Alumni Heading to Wayne Law

Clockwise from top left: Katie Koczak, Joel Pagel, Haris Kljuvic

Sep 1, 2023

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Natalie Cleary

Natalie Cleary, Buyer for Meijer

Nick Girimont

1L at MSU College of Law

Jay Fleming

Jay Fleming, Attorney

Madelaine Cleghorn

Attorney for The Bruman Group, PLLC

Toby Hutchins

Toby Hutchins, Vice President of Fennville Board of Education

Robert Monaghan

Corporate Executive and Nonprofit Leader

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