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.


Toby Hutchins

Student Wins School Board Seat

Alan Dunklow

Assistant Attorney General for the State of Maryland

Erin (Meteer) Hendges

Campaign Fundraiser Founds Consulting Firm

Andrew Wilson

Pursuing PhD and Studying Medicare Policy

Mike Kolehouse

Political Organizer Founds Consulting Firm

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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.


Professors Richards and Zhao Publish Study of the Chinese Legal System

December 20, 2019

Professors Mark Richards and Yi Zhao teamed up for a research project on how the legal concept of the public figure, central to libel cases in the U.S., has now spread to the Chinese legal system.


November 26, 2019

Dean Fred Antczak is pleased to announce that serving as commencement marshals will be Professor Polly Diven of Political Science and Jeff Kelly Lowenstein of the School of Communication.

International Relations Students Simulate Response to Calamitous Global Event

November 18, 2019

International Relations Students Simulate Response to Calamitous Global Event

Paul B. Henry Internship Announcement

September 30, 2019

Paul B. Henry Internship

GV Students Spend Summer Interning in DC

September 27, 2019

GVSU Political Science and International Relations Summer 2019 Internships

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The Washington Center Informational Meeting

January 23, 2020 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM

Interested in interning in Washington D.C.? Interested in an in-depth academic seminar that you could get credit for in a short time period? Join us to learn from The Washington Center representative...


January 23, 2020 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

In May of 1896, the Supreme Court ruled on the case of Plessy V. Ferguson. Though the justices’ 7-1 decision created little stir among the public, it helped lay the foundation for racial...


January 29, 2020 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

The Global Express is a public forum on global affairs and current events on Wednesdays through the winter semester. Join us when Dr. Mark Schaub, Interim Dean for the Brooks College of interdisciplinary...

HRT Film Series: Blood Diamond

January 29, 2020 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Set during the 1990’s civil war in Sierra Leone, this film tells the story of two men, a white South African mercenary (Leonardo DiCaprio) and a black Mende fisherman (Djimon Hounsou) who form...

What Can I Do with an International Relations or Political Science Degree?

February 11, 2020 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Come hear from a panel of GVSU IR and PLS alumni about their career paths since graduating. Alumni Panelists include: Ileana Cardenas McAlary, Associate General Counsel, Wolverine Worldwide Kara...

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