Prospective Students

Welcome to GVSU International Relations

Are you ready to:

  • Study how terrorist networks are created and how they attract new members?
  • Examine the impact of climate change and how nations are cooperating to slow global warming?
  • Learn why so many of Michigan’s manufacturing jobs have been lost to China, Mexico, and other countries?
  • Read books by famous world leaders and diplomats?
  • Specialize in a region and learn intensely about its language, history, and culture?
  • Travel abroad and learn about international cultures and organizations first hand?

If you answered yes to these questions, then you should consider majoring in International Relations at GVSU. Our program will provide you with the education and skills you need to be successful in a variety of international fields!

The GVSU IR program is Interdisciplinary; to fulfill the major students need to earn credits in:

  • Political Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • Economics and Business
  • Foreign Language

Read more about us, or consult the popular pages below. 


Jillian Zirnhelt Spotlight

Jillian Zirnhelt

Jillian Zirnhelt is a Research Officer at the International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Clair (Radyko) Scheiderer Spotlight

Clair (Radyko) Scheiderer

Attorney for Freedom House Represents Asylum Seekers

Richard Damstra Spotlight

Richard Damstra

Foreign Service Office, U.S. Department of State

Madeline Vander Velde Spotlight

Madeline Vander Velde

2016 Graduate Working and Living in Brussels

Lizzie Heyboer Spotlight

Lizzie Heyboer

National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Fellowship

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Break The Fast Dinner

September 16, 2021 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

GVSU Hillel Presents: Break the Fast dinner for Yom Kippur. We are ending the Jewish High-Holy-day, Yom Kippur, with a dinner catered by Campus Catering! This event will be held on Thursday, September...


September 17, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Each On the Wall Artist Talk features an artist whose work is currently on view on campus discussing their creative process and how their work is influenced by other fields of study. This On...

Let's Play Pétanque (Outside Event)

September 21, 2021 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Want to learn a popular French game? Come join us outside to play pétanque (also known as bocce ball in the United States). We hope to see you there! RSVP on LakerLink

Conversations of Color

September 22, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Conversations of Color are open and honest discussions about race, popular culture, identity, and current events. Conversations of Color happen monthly and are scheduled on Wednesday from 12:00...

BE 365 Go Get It event

September 22, 2021 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 in HHLL from 6:00-7:30pm 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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