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.


Introduction to Fellowships Information Session

January 19, 2022 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Fellowships are many things! The opportunities included in this word span support for academic study, internships, research experiences at major federal labs, immersive language study, summer institutes...

Mno'Chigewin-Cultural Teachings with Jason Wesaw: (1 of 4) Continuing talking circles with Indigenous knowledge keeper

January 20, 2022 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

We will be continuing the work we started last academic year with cultural teachings from a local Indigenous knowledge keepers. This will be a special time to gather, find community, and build...

Elijah Anderson: Black in White Space INT 100/201 APPROVED!

January 20, 2022 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Powerful stereotypes of “the ghetto,” long-entrenched in generations of Americans’ psyche, continue to permeate. Today, routine activities, like birdwatching in Central Park or jogging...

Italian Movie Night

January 24, 2022 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Come join us from 7-9 in MAK A2117 for an Italian movie. All welcome! Free popcorn! RSVP on LakerLink

MHA, MPA, MPNL Online Information Session

January 25, 2022 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

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

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Paul B. Henry Congressional Internship

Paul B. Henry Congressional Internship

Apply for the Paul B. Henry Congressional Internship today!

Dec 15, 2021

Alumni Heading to Law School

Alumni Heading to Law School

Clockwise from top left: Marie Edouard, Jenia Thompson, Madeline Clark, Lauren Moine, Ethan Haughie, Alexys Neal

Aug 2, 2021

LEAP Students to Attend MSU Law

LEAP Students to Attend MSU Law

Political Science LEAP students Marissa Accardo (l) and Nick Raak (r) will start at MSU Law this fall.

Aug 2, 2021

GVSU Students Intern in DC through The Washington Center

GVSU Students Intern in DC through The Washington Center

The department of Political Science and International Relations is pleased to have four of our students participating in TWCs summer program. 

Jul 19, 2021

Salam Recipient of GV in DC Scholarship

Salam Recipient of GV in DC Scholarship

Congratulations to Shireen Salam!

Jun 22, 2021

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Jacob Simon Spotlight

Jacob Simon

Jacob Simon, Associate Attorney at The Law Office of Susan E. Cohen and Adjunct Professor at Michigan State University College of Law

Andrea Haverdink Spotlight

Andrea Haverdink

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

Alan Dunklow Spotlight

Alan Dunklow

Assistant Attorney General for the State of Maryland

Jacob Johnston Spotlight

Jacob Johnston

Jacob Johnston

Robert Monaghan Spotlight

Robert Monaghan

Corporate Executive and Nonprofit Leader

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