Grand Valley Political Science Department

Welcome to the GVSU Political Science department.
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Why GVSU Political Science?

Faculty

  • Our courses are taught by professors, not graduate students.
  • 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.

Skill Development

  • Small class sizes enable skill development:
    • Critical thinking
    • Research
    • Data analysis
    • Digital literacy
    • Writing
    • Oral communication
  • Many classes feature debates, simulations and real-world problem solving.
  • Study abroad and improve your cross-cultural communication and problem-solving skills.

Spotlights

Adam Hukkula

Adam Hukkula

First-year Student Interns for MI House Democrats

Lyndsey Kitson

Lyndsey Kitson

Attorney for Employee Benefit, Labor and Employment Law

Selma Tucker

Selma Tucker

Grad Works for City of Grand Rapids

Emily Brown

Emily Brown

Master's Student Working for State Department

Ryan Meyer

Ryan Meyer

Earning Master's of Public Policy at Georgetown University

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Flexible Programs

  • Majors choose from a wide range of courses.
  • Choice of BA (language) or BS (statistics and research methods).
  • 36 credit, flexible major enables students to pursue double major if they prefer.
  • Minor options: general political science and a teachable minor for education.
  • We offer many courses for General Education.

Internships

  • Internships available locally, in Lansing, and throughout the state
  • Internships available in DC through our affiliation with the Washington Center

Careers or Graduate School

  • Many career options
  • Excellent preparation for a wide range of graduate programs
 

News

Mork Wins PLS/IR Outstanding Paper Award

Mork Wins PLS/IR Outstanding Paper Award

April 14, 2014

Quinlyn Mork's paper, "Democracy in Ghana: A Product of Elite Construction?" has been selected as the Outstanding Paper written in 2013.

Marsh Recognized as 2014 PLS Outstanding Student

Marsh Recognized as 2014 PLS Outstanding Student

April 14, 2014

PLS major, Alissa Marsh Mack, is the 2014 Political Science Outstanding Student.

Leestma Wins Language Scholarship

Leestma Wins Language Scholarship

March 26, 2014

IR major David Leestma wins nationally competitive Critical Language Scholarship.

Washington Center Deadline Extended

Washington Center Deadline Extended

March 21, 2014

The Washington Center confirms it is still accepting summer 2014 applications on a space-available basis.

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Events

Commencement

Commencement

April 26, 2014 3:00 PM

Commencement Ceremonies. Congratulations to our Political Science graduates!

Spring Classes Begin

Spring Classes Begin

May 5, 2014 All Day
Summer Classes Begin

Summer Classes Begin

June 23, 2014 All Day

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