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

MLK Jr. Day of Service and Solidarity - LIB 100/201 APPROVED!

January 25, 2020 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

The MLK Jr. Day of Service and Solidarity is part of a national day of service where campuses across America gather together to serve and stand in solidarity with their communities in honor of Dr....

ReACT! presents: Stalking Education - LIB 100/201 APPROVED!

January 29, 2020 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

What is stalking? When do actions officially become stalking? What can you do to help people who may be experiencing stalking? Come join ReACT! (GVSU's anti-violence theatre troupe) in an interactive...

ReACT! presents: Like, Love, Lust, or Bust - LIB 100/201 APPROVED!

February 27, 2020 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Now that Valentine's Day celebrations (or lack thereof) have recently passed, here’s a chance to define the romance (or lack therof) in reationships in your life. How do you know whether...

ReACT! presents: Sexual Violence, Trauma, and the Brain - LIB 100/201 APPROVED!

March 30, 2020 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Brain research gives us insight into seemingly confusing and contradictory behaviors exhibited by people who have survived a sexual assault. ReACT!, GVSU's anti-violence peer theatre troupe...

ReACT! presents: Peep Show - LIB 100/201 APPROVED!

April 9, 2020 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

ReACT’s “Year in Review” will use high energy, low risk interactive performance to share their most effective (and sometime, least effective) program moments from the school year...

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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

David Root

2002 Graduate Administers Multiple Peace Corps Programs in North Macedonia

Amy Fuerstenau

1999 Graduate Former Advisor to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Now Senior Political Strategist at the Energy Foundation

Jillian Zirnhelt

Jillian Zirnhelt is a Research Officer at the International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Meghan Neuhaus

Meghan (Thatcher) Neuhaus, International Education Specialist

Richard Damstra

Foreign Service Office, U.S. Department of State

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