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.



November 19, 2019 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Do you know your Career Advisor? Everyone has one. Stop by the Career Center Open House a fun, interactive event to meet your advisor and the entire Career Center staff.    

Holiday Celebration: Beloved Songs of the Season - LIB 100 APPROVED!

December 2, 2019 7:30 PM

The spirit, brilliance, and festive nature of the holiday season is never more glorious than when the rich sounds of brass choir coupled with the sheer power and majesty of the organ fill our ears. Central...

HRT Film Series: United in Anger

December 4, 2019 6:30 PM

Pizza will be provided, and the event is Lib 101/201 approved.  In the 1980s, when the US government failed to take action to address the AIDS crisis, those at the center of the epidemic took...

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Paul B. Henry Internship Announcement

September 30, 2019

Paul B. Henry Internship

GV Students Spend Summer Interning in DC

September 27, 2019

GVSU Political Science and International Relations Summer 2019 Internships

Political Science Tutoring

September 17, 2019

Weekly Group Tutoring Sessions Available for PLS 102, 103, 105, and 211

Beyerlein and Mattler Named Batchelder Scholars for 2019-2020

September 09, 2019

Beyerlein and Mattler Named Batchelder Scholars for 2019-2020

Bretschneider and Mendez Win Malson Memorial Scholarship

September 09, 2019

Bretschneider and Mendez Win Malson Memorial Scholarship

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Selma Tucker

Grad Works for City of Grand Rapids

James Meernik

Political Science Professor

Andrew Wilson

Pursuing PhD and Studying Medicare Policy

Amanda Fortino

Major Gifts Officer for Farm Sanctuary

Steve Smith

Commissioned as Coast Guard Officer

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