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

Chelsea Kendziorski

Chelsea Kendziorski

Student Summer Scholar 2014

Adam Hukkula

Adam Hukkula

First-year Student Interns for MI House Democrats

Steve Smith

Steve Smith

Commissioned as Coast Guard Officer

Rebekah Bailey

Rebekah Bailey

Attorney for State and Federal Employment Law

Kristen Zeiter

Kristen Zeiter

Selected as UN Delegate

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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

Myott ('09) Represents Couple in Gay Marriage Suit

Myott ('09) Represents Couple in Gay Marriage Suit

June 25, 2014

Attorney Stephanie Myott ('09) recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of her clients who want the State of Michigan to recognize their out-of-state marriage

GVSU Team Wins World Quest 2014

GVSU Team Wins World Quest 2014

May 09, 2014

PIC Corp Team wins the 2014 World Quest competition hosted by the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan

PLS 339 Comparative Democratization

PLS 339 Comparative Democratization

May 07, 2014

PLS 339 offered this fall semester, Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:30-5:45 p.m.

PLS Students Present at Student Scholars Day 2014

PLS Students Present at Student Scholars Day 2014

May 07, 2014

Samuel Hannah, Marc Plooster, and Marissa Swartz participate in Student Scholars Day

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.

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Events

What is the Peace Corps Really Like?

What is the Peace Corps Really Like?

October 2, 2014 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

 Three recent IR alumnae have all completed their Peace Corps service in the past year.  They have agreed to come to GVSU and discuss their experiences on Thursday, October 2, 7-8:30...

Study Abroad Fair

Study Abroad Fair

October 9, 2014 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Thinking about studying abroad? Be sure to attend this fall's Study Abroad Fair. Remember that studying in another country not only helps you to gain important language and intercultural communication...

The Washington Center Informational Meeting

The Washington Center Informational Meeting

October 15, 2014 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Interested in a Washington, D.C. internship? Click on the link below for more information The Washington Center Informational Meeting

International Relations Discussion Series: Is "Culture" An Excuse for Abuse? Preserving Cultural Diversity While Protecting Human Rights

International Relations Discussion Series: Is "Culture" An Excuse for Abuse? Preserving Cultural Diversity While Protecting Human Rights

October 15, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM

Can the idea of cultural rights be compatible with the concept of “inherent” human rights? When traditional  practices violate universal human rights, what should be preserved and...

Ladies Love Politics

Ladies Love Politics

October 20, 2014 6:30 PM

A Discussion on Women’s Involvement in the Political Arena The BSWSO would like to invite you to join us in discussing the experiences of our speakers in regards to their political involvement,...

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