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

Patrick Miller

Patrick Miller

Teaching at United States Military Academy

Steve Smith

Steve Smith

Commissioned as Coast Guard Officer

Adam Hukkula

Adam Hukkula

First-year Student Interns for MI House Democrats

Selma Tucker

Selma Tucker

Grad Works for City of Grand Rapids

Natalie Cleary

Natalie Cleary

Teach for America

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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

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

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

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Events

Undergraduate Research Opportunity in Comparative Philanthropy

Undergraduate Research Opportunity in Comparative Philanthropy

November 1, 2014 All Day

Join Dr. Michelle Miller-Adams (Associate Professor, Political Science), recipient of GVSU’s Mawby Fellowship for 2014-15, in a project comparing the philanthropic cultures of Grand Rapids and...

People's Law School

People's Law School

November 5, 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

People's Law School will be hosted by Sinas Dramis law firm for the first time ever in Grand Rapids. People's Law School is a 5 week program consisting of 5 classes that will...

UDM Law

UDM Law

November 6, 2014 11:30 AM

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law will be visiting GVSU Allendale and Pew Campuses Thursday, November 6, 2014 Kirkof Center from 11:30am-2:00pm DeVos Center Building C from 4:00pm-7:00pm Learn...

Francis Fukuyama: Political Order and Political Decay

Francis Fukuyama: Political Order and Political Decay

November 6, 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies’ upcoming American Conversations keynote features Stanford University political scientist Francis Fukuyama, who will present on his most recent...

People's Law School

People's Law School

November 12, 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

People's Law School will be hosted by Sinas Dramis law firm for the first time ever in Grand Rapids. People's Law School is a 5 week program consisting of 5 classes that will...

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