About Us

Mission and Vision

Mission – Political Science Department

The mission of the Department of Political Science is to prepare students for citizenship, post-baccalaureate education and professional careers through a wide range of course offerings, advising, internships, and experience in local, state, national and international contexts.

Vision – Political Science Department

The Department of Political Science is committed to setting a standard of excellence in the undergraduate study of Political Science. Students gain comprehensive knowledge of American and global governance and politics through coursework in American politics, political theory, comparative politics and international relations. We prepare students to be well-informed citizens and to make meaningful contributions to local, state, national, and international communities. We foster a diverse community engaged in inquiry, expression, and rigorous scholarship.

Mission – International Relations Program

The mission of the International Relations Program, an interdisciplinary program housed in the Department of Political Science, is to prepare students for citizenship, post-baccalaureate education, and professional careers through interdisciplinary coursework in international relations, advising, and participation in internships, with an emphasis on study abroad and other international experiences.

Vision – International Relations Program

We are committed to setting a standard of excellence in the interdisciplinary undergraduate study of International Relations, including the geography, history, economics, languages and politics of global interactions. International Relations students gain comprehensive knowledge of the complex economic, social, cultural and political relationships among citizens, societies, states and international institutions. Students attain both theoretical and experiential knowledge of International Relations and critical analytic skills through study on campus and, in most cases, study abroad. We prepare students to be well-informed citizens and to make meaningful contributions to the increasingly globalized world. We foster a diverse international community engaged in inquiry, expression, and rigorous scholarship.

Spotlights

Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson

Pursuing PhD and Studying Medicare Policy

Emily Brown

Emily Brown

Master's Student Working for State Department

Ryan Meyer

Ryan Meyer

Earning Master's of Public Policy at Georgetown University

Selma Tucker

Selma Tucker

Grad Works for City of Grand Rapids

Reginald Oates

Reginald Oates

Program Evaluator for Government-funded Programs

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Values

Values – Political Science and International Relations

In the Department of Political Science and the International Relations Program at Grand Valley State University, we strive toward acquiring and utilizing knowledge of Political Science and International Relations in a setting of academic freedom, methodological and theoretical pluralism, while encouraging disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration.

  • We value excellence in education facilitated through
    • Active student-teacher engagement and academic achievement in a rigorous and challenging course of study that emphasizes the development of critical and analytical thinking and writing.
    • Student exposure to a variety of theoretical and political perspectives for the purpose of enhancing critical and analytical thinking and writing skills.
    • A comprehensive coverage of the disciplines and access to a wide variety of upper-level courses.
    • Emphasis on internships, co-curricular and civic education opportunities in our local, state, national and global communities.
  • Excellence in faculty scholarship.
  • Service to the discipline, unit, college, university and community.
  • Student development as well-informed, global citizens in a democratic society.

News

Senior Political Science Major Wins School Board Seat

Senior Political Science Major Wins School Board Seat

November 11, 2014

Senior political science major Toby Hutchins wins Fennville School Board position

PLS Alumna Kristin Sage (Mahn)

PLS Alumna Kristin Sage (Mahn)

November 11, 2014

Look who's in the news for representing Wayne State University Law School!

Research Student Position at GVSU's Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy

Research Student Position at GVSU's Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy

October 07, 2014

The Johnson Center for Philanthropy is seeking an undergraduate or graduate student to assist in its community-based research and evaluation projects.

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

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Events

Trafficking in Human Beings

Trafficking in Human Beings

December 4, 2014 6:00 PM

Trafficking In Human Beings: Human Rights Colloquium Honoring James Kofi Annan FREE ADMISSION LIB 100 & 201 Approved  Please click the link below for more information: Trafficking...

Humanity in Action Fellowship

Humanity in Action Fellowship

January 8, 2015 All Day

Intensive and demanding, the Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of college students and recent graduates to explore national histories of discrimination and resistance—including...

Outstanding Paper Award

Outstanding Paper Award

February 9, 2015 All Day

The Department of Political Science and International Relations program are holding the second annual Outstanding Paper Award competition. We invite all students who major or minor (including teachable...

Frozen Time Screening

Frozen Time Screening

February 12, 2015 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Grand Valley is proud to present the screening of: Frozen Time, Liquid Memories: 1942-2012 a film by Dragan Kujund~i� Kujund~i� is a Professor of Film and Media Studies, Jewish, Germanic and Slavic...

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