Grand Valley International Relations

Welcome to 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, ( for additional information.


Hispanic Heritage Celebration: Invisible

September 30, 2021 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Rukia Kufakunoga is an up-and-coming children�s book author. Her debut book, Latina Looks Like Me: Latina Como Yo, was written as an ode to her 10-year-old self, as she navigated the complexities...

Japanese Cultural Association General Meeting

September 30, 2021 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Japanese Cultural Association will be having its first general meeting September 30th 8:00pm-9:30pm in Kirkhof 2264. Hope to see some new and familiar faces! RSVP on LakerLink

African Student Council General Meeting

October 4, 2021 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Hey everyone it story telling time. This week we will be sharing some of the monsters and african based mythology. So if you wanna know what monsters go bump in the night on the continent of Africa...

French Film Night

October 5, 2021 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Come take a break from classes and life to chill and watch a French film or musical. Exact film TBA. Location may change as well. RSVP on LakerLink

Laker Connections: Counseling Center (Mental Health)

October 6, 2021 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

10/6/2021 from 6-8pm in 2263 KC RSVP on LakerLink

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IR Alumni Heading to Law School

IR Alumni Heading to Law School

Alexys Neal (l) '21 will attend Michigan State University College of Law and Marie Edouard (r) '20 will attend Boston University School of Law.

Aug 2, 2021

GVSU Students Intern in DC through The Washington Center

GVSU Students Intern in DC through The Washington Center

The department of Political Science and International Relations is pleased to have four of our students participating in TWCs summer program.

Jul 19, 2021

Salam Recipient of GV in DC Scholarship

Salam Recipient of GV in DC Scholarship

Congratulations to Shireen Salam!

Jun 22, 2021

Bowen and Boss Named 2021-22 Batchelder Scholars

Bowen and Boss Named 2021-22 Batchelder Scholars

The Political Science Department is pleased to recognize Rebekkah Bowen and Kylie Boss as our Batchelder Scholars for the 2021-2022 school year.

Apr 28, 2021

Linderman Wins International Relations Excellence-in-a-Discipline Award

Linderman Wins International Relations Excellence-in-a-Discipline Award

Congratulations to Elyssa Linderman, who is this year's winner of the Excellence in a Discipline award for International Relations.

Apr 7, 2021

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Cody Gradwell Spotlight

Cody Gradwell

2015 Graduate Working in the Peace Corps and Teaching World History in Mongolia

Tim Zeeb Spotlight

Tim Zeeb

2002 Graduate Becomes Managing Director at Conway MacKenzie

Amanda Miralrio Spotlight

Amanda Miralrio

Compliance Office for U.S. Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control

Kristina Bray Spotlight

Kristina Bray

2013 Graduate Working as Customs Compliance Officer

Courtney Johnston Spotlight

Courtney Johnston

Entrepreneur Founds Copywriting Business

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