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

Khalil Rahal

Khalil Rahal Leads Economic Development in Detroit.

Rebekah Bailey

Attorney for State and Federal Employment Law

Megan Koops Fisher

Community Outreach Program Manager for Ready for School

Jacob Johnston

Member of Peace Corps

Patrick Miller

Teaching at United States Military Academy

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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

Apply for the Summer 2019 Henry Congressional Internship Award

December 07, 2018

Henry Fellow applications now being accepted

Willoughby Awarded Malson Memorial Scholarship

November 16, 2018

Willoughby Awarded Malson Memorial Scholarship

Immigration, Trafficking and Human Rights Panel and Mixer

November 05, 2018

Immigration, Trafficking and Human Rights Panel and Mixer

Rides to Polls for GVSU Students on Election Day

November 04, 2018

GVSU offers transportation to polls on election day.

Naturalization Ceremony at GVSU

October 26, 2018

The International Relations program and Political Science Department host a naturalization ceremony at GVSU.

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Events

JON MEACHAM: THE SOUL OF AMERICA

January 10, 2019 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Far too many citizens remain unfamiliar with the profound connections to history that shape this confusing time. Our American story, filled with dramatic conflicts between hope and fear, assures victory...

Human Rights Movie Series: The Visitor

January 23, 2019 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

HUMAN RIGHTS MOVIE AND PIZZA NIGHTS - CO-SPONSORED BY RELIGIOUS STUDIES When professor Walter Vale (Richard Jenkins) travels to New York for a lecture, he's stunned to find illegal immigrants...

ANNETTE GORDON-REED AND PETER S. ONUF: JEFFERSON, SLAVERY, AND THE MORAL IMAGINATION

January 24, 2019 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Thomas Jefferson – the most revered expositor of the early republic’s Enlightenment ideals – was deeply involved in the nation’s original sin of slavery. DNA testing has established...

Human Rights Movie Series: The Kite Runner

February 21, 2019 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

HUMAN RIGHTS MOVIE AND PIZZA NIGHTS - CO-SPONSORED BY RELIGIOUS STUDIES Afghani immigrant Amir is summoned from his California home to Pakistan by Rahim Khan, an old, dying friend of his father....

Human Rights Movie Series: Gattaca

March 26, 2019 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

HUMAN RIGHTS MOVIE AND PIZZA NIGHTS - CO-SPONSORED BY RELIGIOUS STUDIES Vincent Freeman (Ethan Hawke) has always fantasized about traveling into outer space, but is grounded by his status as a genetically...

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