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.


Erik Lazdins

Lobbyist for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Jacob Simon

Jacob Simon

Dan Matthews

National Assistant Principal of the Year

Ethan Haan

Clerk's Assistant with Oakland Township

Greg Robinson

Greg Robinson

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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.


Scholarship Opportunities for 2021-22 for Political Science and International Relations students

January 25, 2021

Applications are being accepted for four named scholarships.

Mangala Wins Distinguished Contribution in a Discipline Award

December 21, 2020

Mangala Wins Distinguished Contribution in a Discipline Award

PLS 221 students hold model EU meeting online

December 15, 2020

PLS 221 students hold model EU meeting online

Giving Tuesday!

December 01, 2020

Giving Tuesday - GV in DC Endowed Scholarship

Retirement Tribute: Professor Richard Hiskes

November 11, 2020

The Political Science Department congratulates Professor Rich Hiskes on his retirement.

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Polish Club Meeting

January 28, 2021 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Come join us for our first club meeting this semester! We will be going over what we plan to do over the course of the semester and mainly get to know everyone! Hope to see you there. RSVP...

Virtual Mardi Gras Celebration

February 8, 2021 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Even though Mardi Gras is on February 16, we will be celebrating is this week by exploring what it actually is, how different areas celebrate it, and why it's important. A Kahoot (with a prize)...

Bill Barker: Presidents' Day Celebration--Man and Legacy

February 18, 2021 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

In times of great strife, Americans have often looked to our nation’s founding fathers for guidance. In doing so, we inevitably address the paradoxes they posed. The same Thomas Jefferson who...

Intercultural Meeting with Polish Club

February 22, 2021 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Just as we did last semester with Spanish Club, we will be hosting an intercultural meeting with the Polish Club!! This will include cultural comparisons about food, society, politics, and possibly...

Kelsey Perdue: Local Leadership from Global Experience

February 26, 2021 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Kelsey Perdue personifies the phrase “thinking global, acting local.” Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Perdue went on to graduate from Howard University in Washington D.C. and later receive...

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