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Prospective Students

Welcome to GVSU Political Science

While you are here:

  • Courses taught by professors, not graduate students
  • Small class sizes enable skill development
  • Flexible major or minor
  • Excellent General Education courses
  • Internships in Michigan or Washington DC

Doors open to you:

  • Many career options
  • Excellent preparation for a wide range of graduate programs

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Programs Offered

Click here for requirements for all of our programs

  • Political Science major (BA or BS)
  • Political Science minor
  • Political Science teachable minor
  • International Relations major (BA)
  • International Relations minor
  • LEAP (Legal Education Admission Program). Dual degree:
    BA or BS from GVSU political science. JD from Michigan State University College of Law.


Audrey Tappenden

Audrey Tappenden

AmeriCorps VISTA in Alaska.

Selma Tucker

Selma Tucker

Grad Works for City of Grand Rapids

James Meernik

James Meernik

Political Science Professor

Adam Hukkula

Adam Hukkula

First-year Student Interns for MI House Democrats

Jeanine Anderson

Jeanine Anderson

Assistant DA in New York

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Internships, Jobs and Careers

Your career starts with you, develops in the classroom, and continues in the field. Political science is excellent preparation for a wide variety of jobs and careers. Many classes feature debates, simulations and real-world problem solving. Our small class sizes enable you to develop the skills needed to advance in your career and/or graduate school:

  • Critical thinking
  • Research
  • Data analysis
  • Digital literacy
  • Writing
  • Oral communication

We highly recommend internships for our students. Internships are available in Michigan and in DC through our affiliation with the Washington Center.

Political science is an excellent major for a wide range of graduate programs, including law school, business and public administration. 

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Internships, jobs and careers


  • The department is staffed with PhDs from top graduate programs.
  • Our focus is undergraduate education.
  • Multiple professors have won awards for their teaching.
  • Professors are published experts in their subfields.

Meet our faculty
Contact information, fields of specialization, and faculty profiles.

General Education

The Political Science Department offers a wide range of courses in the General Education curriculum. Many students who are not political science majors find our General Education courses stimulating and provocative. Majors and minors are able to take these courses to simultaneously fulfill General Education and major/minor requirements.


Political science is a very popular major or minor for pre-law students (students who plan to attend law school). The Political Science Department has a pre-law faculty advisor. The Department offers a dual degree (BA or BA plus JD from MSU College of Law). For more information, visit the pre-law page.


PLS 339 Winter 2019

PLS 339 Winter 2019

March 14, 2018

PLS 339 Democracy and the Authoritarian Challenge: Tuesdays / Thursdays 4:00-5:15 p.m.

Constantelos Wins Internationalization Award

Constantelos Wins Internationalization Award

February 08, 2018

Professor John Constantelos was recognized with GVSU's Internationalization Award.

GVSU professor lectures on marriage rights, religious liberty

GVSU professor lectures on marriage rights, religious liberty

February 07, 2018

Professor Darren Walhof of GVSU's political science department talks on anti-discrimination laws and religious laws.

Allendale to Albania

Allendale to Albania

January 18, 2018

GVSU alumnus and mayor Erion Veliaj transforms Albania's capital city.

Tim Zeeb

Tim Zeeb

October 31, 2017

We were thrilled to welcome our Distinguished Alumnus-in-Residence, Tim Zeeb.

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Mary Ann Peters on March 26, 2018

World Affairs Council: "Global Health: Equity, Ethics, and Eradication"

March 26, 2018 6:00 PM

The diseases that afflict the poorest of the poor are often neglected by the global health community. Virtually no one in the United States or Europe suffers from Guinea worm disease, or river blindness...

Political Science and International Relations Walk-in advising sessions on March 27, 2018

Political Science and International Relations Walk-in advising sessions

March 27, 2018 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

IR and PLS students are encouraged to drop into the political science office for registration-related advising on Tuesday, March 27 from 11am-2pm. No appointment is needed. 1121 AuSable:...

John H. Logie Fellows Programs on April 1, 2018

John H. Logie Fellows Programs

April 1, 2018 All Day

I want to remind you of the upcoming April 1 application deadline for the John H. Logie Fellows Programs and ask that you share this information with your colleagues and students.   The...

John T. Batchelder Scholarship on April 1, 2018

John T. Batchelder Scholarship

April 1, 2018 All Day

JOHN T. BATCHELDER SCHOLARSHIP The John T. Batchelder scholarship is funded by a generous grant from the Batchelder family. The scholarship honors Dr. John Thayer Batchelder who served...

Legal Assistance Center Volunteers on July 27, 2018

Legal Assistance Center Volunteers

July 27, 2018 All Day

The Legal Assistance Center is seeking student volunteers for summer and fall. Student Volunteer Opportunities Are you studying law or aspiring to a legal career? Are you passionate about...

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