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

Natalie Cleary

Natalie Cleary

Teach for America

Mike Kolehouse

Mike Kolehouse

Political Organizer Founds Consulting Firm

Erion Veliaj

Erion Veliaj

Albanian Minister of Youth and Social Welfare

Adam Hukkula

Adam Hukkula

First-year Student Interns for MI House Democrats

Megan Koops Fisher

Megan Koops Fisher

Community Outreach Program Manager for Ready for School

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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

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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