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GVSU International Relations 

irdept@gvsu.edu

Phone: (616) 331-2320

1121 AuSable Hall
1 Campus Dr
Allendale, MI 49401-9403

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Why GVSU International Relations?

Students in the international relations program examine the sources of tension that create conflict among nations, interdependence among nations, and ways in which international management and diplomacy can promote cooperation.

Program Offerings at Grand Valley

International relations graduates receive a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree. We also offer a minor in international relations. In addition to the general international relations curriculum, students may select emphases in:

  • Area studies such as Latin American studies, Middle East studies, African studies, and East Asian studies
  • Economics and business
  • History and geography
  • Political science

Coursework

The curriculum is designed to give students a broad base of knowledge. Some of the subjects included are:

  • Emerging markets issues
  • Geography
  • International law
  • Macro and microeconomics
  • U.S. foreign policy

Career Options

Students may work in fields such as:

  • Government service
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Public policy
  • Teaching

Why Study International Relations at Grand Valley?

  • A broad curriculum that prepares students for a wide variety of careers.
  • An excellent study abroad program that gives students the once-in-a-lifetime experiences that significantly enrich their educations.
  • An active internship program where students get credits for internship experience.

Spotlights

Jessica Soto Smith Spotlight

Jessica Soto Smith

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

Shingi Mavima Spotlight

Shingi Mavima

2010 Graduate Finishing his Doctorate at Michigan State University

Jasmine (Tolbert) Caldwell Spotlight

Jasmine (Tolbert) Caldwell

2006 Graduate Technical Expert at the Social Security Administration in Chicago

Claudia Hasbun Spotlight

Claudia Hasbun

Global Law Scholar at Georgetown University Law School Secures Position with London Law Firm

Ellyanne Rosenthal Spotlight

Ellyanne Rosenthal

Working for Lidl UK Global Mobility Team

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Mission and Vision

Mission – International Relations Program

The mission of the International Relations Program, an interdisciplinary program housed in the Department of Political Science, is to prepare students for citizenship, post-baccalaureate education, and professional careers through interdisciplinary coursework in international relations, advising, and participation in internships, with an emphasis on study abroad and other international experiences.

Vision – International Relations Program

We are committed to setting a standard of excellence in the interdisciplinary undergraduate study of International Relations, including the geography, history, economics, languages and politics of global interactions. International Relations students gain comprehensive knowledge of the complex economic, social, cultural and political relationships among citizens, societies, states and international institutions. Students attain both theoretical and experiential knowledge of International Relations and critical analytic skills through study on campus and, in most cases, study abroad. We prepare students to be well-informed citizens and to make meaningful contributions to the increasingly globalized world. We foster a diverse international community engaged in inquiry, expression, and rigorous scholarship.

Values

Values – Political Science and International Relations

In the Department of Political Science and the International Relations Program at Grand Valley State University, we strive toward acquiring and utilizing knowledge of Political Science and International Relations in a setting of academic freedom, methodological and theoretical pluralism, while encouraging disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration.

  • We value excellence in education facilitated through
    • Active student-teacher engagement and academic achievement in a rigorous and challenging course of study that emphasizes the development of critical and analytical thinking and writing.
    • Student exposure to a variety of theoretical and political perspectives for the purpose of enhancing critical and analytical thinking and writing skills.
    • A comprehensive coverage of the disciplines and access to a wide variety of upper-level courses.
    • Emphasis on internships, co-curricular and civic education opportunities in our local, state, national and global communities.
  • Excellence in faculty scholarship.
  • Service to the discipline, unit, college, university and community.
  • Student development as well-informed, global citizens in a democratic society.

CLAS

The International Relations Program is part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Events

Chicago Christmas Market 2021

December 4, 2021 8:00 AM - 11:00 PM

WHEN: Saturday, December 4th 2021 TIME: Meet at 8am, at Kirkhof and return to GVSU at 10-11pm COST: $30 per person DEADLINE: Sign-up deadline is November 29th, 2021 SIGN-UP: Fill out forms...

Festa di Natale (Christmas Party)

December 6, 2021 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Come and join us for an Italian holiday party. We will be listening to Italian holiday music, playing holiday games, and having Italian Christmas cookies. All food is prewrapped and nut-free! RSVP...

THE GLOBAL EXPRESS: COVID-19 A TESTIMONY OF GLOBAL HEALTH IN RECENT TIMES

December 8, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The Global Express is a public forum on global affairs and current events virtually on Wednesdays this Fall 2021. Join us on December 8 when Professor Azizur Molla from the School of Public...

Mno'Chigewin Student Success Program: End of Semester Celebration

December 9, 2021 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

For all our Mno'Chigewin students who participated in our Nwiijkiwenh Mentorship Program we will take this time to celebrate reaching the end of the semester! This will be fun and relaxing...with...

Mno'Chigewin-Cultural Teachings with Jason Wesaw: (1 of 4) Continuing talking circles with Indigenous knowledge keeper

January 20, 2022 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

We will be continuing the work we started last academic year with cultural teachings from a local Indigenous knowledge keepers. This will be a special time to gather, find community, and build...

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News

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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