Grand Valley International Relations

Welcome to the International Relations (IR) at GVSU!

Are you interested in international events and trends? Can you envision a career in global affairs, international business, or law? Have you imagined working for a multinational corporation or an international non-profit institution? The IR program is a good place for you to start.

IR equips majors and minors with the tools they need to understand global and international trends. Our students seek to understand issues of global importance, including development, the environment, security, human rights, migration, and the interconnections between  governance, economics, power, and identity.

Our curriculum includes a strong interdisciplinary core, enhanced by a flexible set of electives that allow you to configure your studies to meet your own interests. 

Please explore our website and contact our Program Director, Professor Polly Diven, (divenp@gvsu.edu) for additional information.

Events

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., - Upcycling Event

January 20, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Upcycling is creating products that represent a variety of items needed by community members and non profit organizations.  Items used to eliminated waste to produce different, necessary...

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., - Panel Discussion

January 20, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

#NowIsTheTime. GVSU faculty, staff and student's will discuss current social issues we are facing in higher education today.   

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., - Campus Lunch

January 20, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Free Campus Lunch

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., - Silent March from Zumberge Hall to Fieldhouse

January 20, 2020 1:30 PM - 1:45 PM

GVSU MLK Silent March - Assemble at James H. Zumberge Hall

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., - Yusef Salaam Presentation - LIB 100/201 APPROVED!

January 20, 2020 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Yusef Salaam was 15 years old in 1989 when he and four other teenagers were wrongly accused and convicted of attacking and raping a woman in New Your City's Central Park.  Collectively know...

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News

DEAN ANNOUNCES COMMENCEMENT MARSHALS FOR FALL 2019

November 26, 2019

Dean Fred Antczak is pleased to announce that serving as commencement marshals will be Professor Polly Diven of Political Science and Jeff Kelly Lowenstein of the School of Communication.

International Relations Students Simulate Response to Calamitous Global Event

November 18, 2019

International Relations Students Simulate Response to Calamitous Global Event

Emmons and Coulter win the Zeeb IR Study Abroad Scholarships for 2019

September 11, 2019

Emmons and Coulter win the Zeeb IR Study Abroad Scholarships for 2019

Bretschneider and Mendez Win Malson Memorial Scholarship

September 09, 2019

Bretschneider and Mendez Win Malson Memorial Scholarship

Three GVSU IR Majors Win Gilman Scholarship

August 21, 2019

Three GVSU IR Majors Win Gilman Scholarships

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Spotlights

Kristen Childs

2017 Graduate Uses her IR and GIS Skills after Graduation

David Root

2002 Graduate Administers Multiple Peace Corps Programs in North Macedonia

Brendan Sawyer

Studying at Wayne State Law School

Jennifer Ventimiglia

Peace Corps Volunteer and Fulbright Scholar Now Studying Education at U.C. Berkeley

Ellyanne Rosenthal

Working for Lidl UK Global Mobility Team

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