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.

Spotlights

Rebekah Bailey

Attorney for State and Federal Employment Law

Joshua Lunger

Joshua Lunger, Senior Director of Government Affairs, Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce.

Emily Brown

Master's Student Working for State Department

Marc Plooster

Marc Plooster

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. 

For more information:

Internships, jobs and careers
Pre-law

Faculty

  • 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.

Pre-law

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.

News

Poll Workers Needed! Campus Compact Launches Effort to Staff Polling Places

August 19, 2020

Poll workers needed for 2020 election.

Financial Assistance for Students

June 15, 2020

Financial Assistance for Students

Pattison Wins Political Science and International Relations Outstanding Paper Award, Student Summer Scholars Grant

June 08, 2020

Pattison Wins Political Science and International Relations Outstanding Paper Award, Student Summer Scholars Grant

Michigan Townships Association Robinson Scholarship available to students seeking a career in local government

May 29, 2020

Michigan Townships Association Robinson Scholarship available to students seeking a career in local government

Congratulations to Graduating Political Science Majors!

April 25, 2020

The Political Science faculty heartily congratulates all of our graduating Political Science majors.

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Events

Democracy 101 - Student Senate Panel

September 30, 2020 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Learn about Student Senate and how you can make a change on campus about the things you�re passionate about. INT 100/201 approved! RSVP on LakerLink

Democracy 101 - Student Senate Panel

September 30, 2020 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Learn about Student Senate and how you can make a change on campus about the things you�re passionate about. INT 100/201 approved! RSVP on LakerLink

Democracy 101 - Election Security: Does my vote really count?

October 7, 2020 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us to learn about Voter Suppression today and how your vote makes an impact. INT 100/201 approved! RSVP on LakerLink

Democracy 101 - Election Security: Does my vote really count?

October 7, 2020 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us to learn about Voter Suppression today and how your vote makes an impact. INT 100/201 approved! RSVP on LakerLink

Blood Drive with Versiti Blood Center of Michigan

October 13, 2020 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The following Blood Drive is being held in partnership with Versiti Blood Center of Michigan. It will be held in a blood bus in the Marketplace parking lot (see lot MP on this campus map)...

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