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, (divenp@gvsu.edu) for additional information.

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News

Financial Assistance for Students

June 15, 2020

Financial Assistance for Students

Pattison Wins Political Science and International Relations Outstanding Paper Award, Student Summer Scholars Grant

June 08, 2020

Pattison Wins Political Science and International Relations Outstanding Paper Award, Student Summer Scholars Grant

Congratulations to the Graduating International Relations Majors!

April 27, 2020

Congratulations to the Class of 2020 International Relations graduates.

Kalusniak Wins Excellence-in-a-Discipline Award

April 08, 2020

Rachel Kalusniak is the 2020 Excellence-in-a-Discipline Award winner for International Relations.

Jones Wins Venderbush Student Leadership Award

April 08, 2020

Cameron Jones is the 2020 recipient of the Venderbush Student Leadership Award.

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Spotlights

Quinlyn Mork

Grand Rapids Paralegal Volunteers with Iraqi Refugee Community

Richard Damstra

Foreign Service Office, U.S. Department of State

Amy Fuerstenau

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

Aing-On Thammarattananon

Assistant to Political Affairs, Royal Thai Embassy in D.C.

Meghan Neuhaus

Meghan (Thatcher) Neuhaus, International Education Specialist

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