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, ( for additional information.


CANCELLED: ReACT! presents: Sexual Violence, Trauma, and the Brain

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...

P.E.P. Talks Program - LIB 100/201 APPROVED!

April 6, 2020 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Peer Education and Prevention Talks (P.E.P. Talks) is a 90 minute program presented by Peer Educators who are GVSU students and are trained on understanding sexual assault and its impact on college...

CANCELLED: ReACT! presents: Peep Show

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...

Canceled - Conversations of Color -LIB 100/201 APPROVED!

April 15, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Conversations of Color are conversations initiated and facilitated by students.  Topics and issues will vary every session. This small and open venue offers students the opportunity to share,...

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International Relations Scholarships Study Abroad and Internship Program

March 09, 2020

International Relations Scholarships Study Abroad and Internship Program

Staff member's passion for advocating for undocumented students leads to securing grant

February 24, 2020

Adriana Almanza, assistant director for the Office of Multicultural Affairs, also serves as chair of the Michigan Coalition for Undocumented Student Success.

Outstanding Paper Award

February 23, 2020

Outstanding Paper Award Submissions due by Thursday, March 12

Scholarship Opportunities for 2020-21 for Political Science and International Relations Students

February 10, 2020

Scholarship Opportunities for 2020-21 for Political Science and International Relations Students

Alumnus Donor and Students Connect over Coffee

February 04, 2020

Student scholarship winners meet with donor Tim Zeeb.

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Meghan Ramil

2016 Graduate Promoted to Assistant Account Executive for Political Consulting Firm in DC

Kaylin Klein

Kaylin Klein now working for Fidelity Investments

Andrew Light

2016 Graduate Pursues Graduate Study at University of Michigan

Matthew Brainovich

Program Analyst, National Preparedness Assessment Division, FEMA

Jessica Soto Smith

2011 Graduate at the Buffett Institute for Global Studies at Northwestern University

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