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

James Meernik

Political Science Professor

Selma Tucker

Grad Works for City of Grand Rapids

Abby Oliver

Abby Oliver Presents Honors Thesis Research at MPSA

Nick Girimont

1L at MSU College of Law

Dorothy Sewe

Aids Refugee Relocation Efforts

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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

PLS Excellence in a Discipline Award

April 23, 2018

Micaela Cole receives the Excellence in a Discipline Award

Hannah Patrick Presents Honors Thesis Research at MPSA

April 17, 2018

Hannah Patrick presents her Honors thesis research at the recent Midwest Political Science Association conference in Chicago

Bryce Hecht Presents Research at MPSA

April 13, 2018

Bryce Hecht presents his research at the recent Midwest Political Science Association conference in Chicago

Hecht and Paniagua-Pardo Win PLS/IR Outstanding Paper Award

April 09, 2018

Two papers were selected as the Outstanding Papers written in 2017

PLS 339 Winter 2019

March 14, 2018

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

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Events

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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Page last modified April 10, 2017