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

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...

MHA, MPA, MPNL, PMASI Online Information Session

July 26, 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...

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

July 28, 2022 4:30 PM - 5:30 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.)...

Writing Workshop for all August 16 Deadline Fellowships (Fulbright, Mitchell, Marshall, Rhodes)

August 1, 2022 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

You should have your essays for the Fulbright, Marshall, Mitchell, and/or Rhodes Fellowships well underway! The internal GVSU deadline is August 16, 2022. It's not too late for feedback and guidance,...

M.Ed. Instruction and Curriculum Online Information Session

August 3, 2022 4:30 PM - 5:30 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 program, admission requirements...

M.Ed. in Educational Technology Virtual Information Session

August 3, 2022 7:00 PM - 8:00 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 program, admission...

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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

Quinlyn Mork

Studying Abroad in Ghana

Erin (Meteer) Hendges

Campaign Fundraiser Founds Consulting Firm

Selma Tucker

Director of Strategic Communications for the Michigan Municipal League

Emily Brown

Master's Student Working for State Department

Lyndsey Kitson Banes

Lyndsey Kitson, Partner/Attorney at AsherKelly

Jill Grifhorst

Jill Grifhorst, Event Coordinator for the U.S. Supreme Court

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