Grand Valley International Relations

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Students in the international relations program examine the sources of tension that create conflict among nations, interdependence among nations, and ways in which international management and diplomacy can promote cooperation.

Program Offerings at Grand Valley

International relations graduates receive a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree. We also offer a minor in international relations. In addition to the general international relations curriculum, students may select emphases in:

  • Area studies such as Latin American studies, Middle East studies, African studies, and East Asian studies
  • Economics and business
  • History and geography
  • Political science

Spotlights

Amy Bush

Amy Bush

Intern at Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies

Sam Stephenson

Sam Stephenson

Serving in the Air Force and Learning Farsi and Dari

Quinlyn Mork

Quinlyn Mork

Studying Abroad in Ghana

Annie Hakim

Annie Hakim

Selected as one of 33 participants in the "Challenge Detroit" fellowship program

David Johnson

David Johnson

Attorney in Global Sourcing and Technology Transactions

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Coursework

The curriculum is designed to give students a broad base of knowledge. Some of the subjects included are:

  • Emerging markets issues
  • Geography
  • International law
  • Macro and microeconomics
  • U.S. foreign policy

Career Options

Students may work in fields such as:

  • Government service
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Public policy
  • Teaching

Why Study International Relations at Grand Valley?

  • A broad curriculum that prepares students for a wide variety of careers.
  • An excellent study abroad program that gives students the once-in-a-lifetime experiences that significantly enrich their educations.
  • An active internship program where students get credits for internship experience.

News

Chelsea Kendziorski's Research Published In Pi Sigma Alpha: The Undergraduate Journal of Politics

Chelsea Kendziorski's Research Published In Pi Sigma Alpha: The Undergraduate Journal of Politics

July 16, 2015

Recent PLS graduate, Chelsea Kendziorski, has had an article published in Pi Sigma Alpha's Undergraduate Journal

Study Abroad Scholarship Winners

Study Abroad Scholarship Winners

May 01, 2015

This year's study abroad scholarship recipients are Santicouk Saycocie, David Leestma, and Chelsea Michalec

Model EU

Model EU

April 20, 2015

GVSU students travel to Indiana University for Model EU.

PLS 385 Russian and Post-Soviet Politics

PLS 385 Russian and Post-Soviet Politics

March 28, 2015

Offered winter semester 2016, Mondays and Wednesdays at 1:30-2:45 p.m.

PLS 382 Politics of Post-Communist Europe

PLS 382 Politics of Post-Communist Europe

March 28, 2015

Offered this fall semester, Mondays and Wednesdays at 4:30-5:45 p.m.

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Events

Nonprofit Volunteer and Internship Fair

Nonprofit Volunteer and Internship Fair

September 9, 2015 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The Nonprofit Volunteer and Internship Fair is an opportunity for students to connect with various agencies in the greater Grand Rapids area. Up to 50 agencies offering volunteer and/or internship...

Peace Corps Information Session

Peace Corps Information Session

September 9, 2015 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

A panel of representatives from Peace Corps, Teach for America, AmeriCorps, Literacy Center from West Michigan, and Challenge Detroit will provide information about these volunteer opportunities.

Nonprofit Volunteer and Internship Fair

Nonprofit Volunteer and Internship Fair

September 10, 2015 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The Nonprofit Volunteer and Internship Fair is an opportunity for students to connect with various agencies in the greater Grand Rapids area. Up to 50 agencies offering volunteer and/or internship...

International Relations Open House

International Relations Open House

September 16, 2015 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM

Calling all Business Majors!! Consider adding an INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS Major or Minor to your degree! For more information please click the link below: International Relations...

Political Science and International Relations Mixer

Political Science and International Relations Mixer

September 23, 2015 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Career and internship information will be provided. Prospective majors/minors welcome! Please click the link below for more information: Political Science and International Relations Mixer 2015

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