GVSU Political Science Department
1121 AuSable Hall
1 Campus Dr
Allendale, MI 49401-9403
Mission – Political Science Department
The mission of the Department of Political Science is to prepare students for citizenship, post-baccalaureate education and professional careers through a wide range of course offerings, advising, internships, and experience in local, state, national and international contexts.
Vision – Political Science Department
The Department of Political Science is committed to setting a standard of excellence in the undergraduate study of Political Science. Students gain comprehensive knowledge of American and global governance and politics through coursework in American politics, political theory, comparative politics and international relations. We prepare students to be well-informed citizens and to make meaningful contributions to local, state, national, and international communities. We foster a diverse community engaged in inquiry, expression, and rigorous scholarship.
Mission – International Relations Program
The mission of the International Relations Program, an interdisciplinary program housed in the Department of Political Science, is to prepare students for citizenship, post-baccalaureate education, and professional careers through interdisciplinary coursework in international relations, advising, and participation in internships, with an emphasis on study abroad and other international experiences.
Vision – International Relations Program
We are committed to setting a standard of excellence in the interdisciplinary undergraduate study of International Relations, including the geography, history, economics, languages and politics of global interactions. International Relations students gain comprehensive knowledge of the complex economic, social, cultural and political relationships among citizens, societies, states and international institutions. Students attain both theoretical and experiential knowledge of International Relations and critical analytic skills through study on campus and, in most cases, study abroad. We prepare students to be well-informed citizens and to make meaningful contributions to the increasingly globalized world. We foster a diverse international community engaged in inquiry, expression, and rigorous scholarship.
Values – Political Science and International Relations
In the Department of Political Science and the International Relations Program at Grand Valley State University, we strive toward acquiring and utilizing knowledge of Political Science and International Relations in a setting of academic freedom, methodological and theoretical pluralism, while encouraging disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration.
The Department of Political Science and the International Relations Program are part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
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IR and PLS students are encouraged to drop into the political science office for registration-related advising on Tuesday, March 27 from 11am-2pm. No appointment is needed. 1121 AuSable:...
I want to remind you of the upcoming April 1 application deadline for the John H. Logie Fellows Programs and ask that you share this information with your colleagues and students. The...
March 14, 2018
PLS 339 Democracy and the Authoritarian Challenge: Tuesdays / Thursdays 4:00-5:15 p.m.
February 08, 2018
Professor John Constantelos was recognized with GVSU's Internationalization Award.
February 07, 2018
Professor Darren Walhof of GVSU's political science department talks on anti-discrimination laws and religious laws.
January 18, 2018
GVSU alumnus and mayor Erion Veliaj transforms Albania's capital city.
October 31, 2017
We were thrilled to welcome our Distinguished Alumnus-in-Residence, Tim Zeeb.