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, ([email protected]) for additional information.


Reckoning on War Crimes (public lecture) INT 100/201 APPROVED!

February 6, 2023 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Deborah Amos, awarding-winning international correspondent for National Public Radio, will discuss war crimes in on-going conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East.

Asian Night Market *INT 100/201 APPROVED*

February 10, 2023 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Vietnamese Cultural Association in collaboration with other GVSU Asian Organizations are back again this year with our 2nd Annual Asian Night Market! Our event will be on Friday, February...

INT 100: Oil, Monarchs, & Muftis: The Persistent Role of Religion in Oil-Wealthy Gulf States

February 16, 2023 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

The Middle East Studies program is pleased to host Dr. Courtney Jean Freer for a public talk as part of the Michigan Model Arab League.   On Thursday, February 16, 2023, from 11:30 - 1:00,...

ASU's Asian New Year Festival

February 18, 2023 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

ASU's annual Asian New Year Festival (ANYF) is an event to celebrate Lunar New Year with traditional food, live performances, and a cultural fashion show! All students, faculty, and friends are...

Virtual Info Session: Graduate Fellowships for Foreign Service: Payne, Rangel, Pickering

April 5, 2023 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program seeks to attract outstanding individuals who are interested in pursuing careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency...

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Reuben Wins Scholarship to Attend the World Affairs Council National Conference

Reuben Wins Scholarship to Attend the World Affairs Council National Conference

Tristan Reuben wins scholarship to attend the National Conference of the World Affairs Conference in Washington, DC.

Oct 13, 2022

GVSU Students Attend the National Security Seminar in Washington, DC

GVSU Students Attend the National Security Seminar in Washington, DC

11 GVSU students spent one week in Washington studying US national security issues.

Sep 12, 2022

New Faculty Member: Professor Camarillo

New Faculty Member: Professor Camarillo

Professor C. Tyler Godines Camarillo joins the Political Science Department as a new assistant professor this semester. Professor Camarillo attended the University of Texas at San Antonio for his undergraduate degree in Political Science.

Aug 26, 2022

Craig Wins GV in DC Scholarship

Craig Wins GV in DC Scholarship

The Political Science Department is pleased to announce that Samantha Craig is our GV in DC Scholarship winner for 2022.

Jun 21, 2022

Recent Grad Interns with Czech Consulate

Recent Grad Interns with Czech Consulate

Stepan Loffelmann is busy with his summer internship at the Consulate of the Czech Republic in Chicago.

May 24, 2022

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Matthew Brainovich Spotlight

Matthew Brainovich

Program Analyst, National Preparedness Assessment Division, FEMA

Kendall Minor Spotlight

Kendall Minor

2018 Graduate is Promoted from Intern to Program Coordinator

Laura Carlson Spotlight

Laura Carlson

2012 IR Graduate is Research Projects Manager at Feeding America, Gulf Coast

Paul Bratt Spotlight

Paul Bratt

2013 Graduate Now Judicial Clerk in U.S. District Court

Ellyanne Rosenthal Spotlight

Ellyanne Rosenthal

Working for Lidl UK Global Mobility Team

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