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

Tyler Nickerson

Tyler Nickerson

Advocating for Affordable Housing

Dorothy Sewe

Dorothy Sewe

Aids Refugee Relocation Efforts

Amanda Fortino

Amanda Fortino

Major Gifts Officer for Farm Sanctuary

Thomas Bell

Thomas Bell

Higher Education Consultant

Erin (Meteer) Hendges

Erin (Meteer) Hendges

Campaign Fundraiser Founds Consulting Firm

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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

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.

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.

Kendziorski Wins PLS/IR Outstanding Paper Award

Kendziorski Wins PLS/IR Outstanding Paper Award

March 19, 2015

Chelsea Kendziorski's paper, "The Politics of Exclusion in Georgia and Moldova," has been selected as the Outstanding Paper written in 2014.

The Washington Center in the Lanthorn

The Washington Center in the Lanthorn

February 19, 2015

The Lanthorn recently published an article about internship opportunities at the Washington Center

Human Rights Minor Being Developed

Human Rights Minor Being Developed

February 18, 2015

GVSU Student Senate supports developing a Human Rights minor.

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Events

Great Decisions Discussion Series

Great Decisions Discussion Series

March 30, 2015 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM

Organized by the West Michigan World Affairs Council. All Discussions will be held at: Aquinas College Performing Arts Center 1607 Robinson Road SE Grand Rapids, MI  49506 Check out...

Legal Panel

Legal Panel

March 30, 2015 9:00 PM - 10:30 PM

Attorneys, Paralegals, & Admissions Officers will talk about their experiences in the field & answer any questions that you might have! Please click the link below for more information: Legal...

Peace Corps at GVSU

Peace Corps at GVSU

April 1, 2015 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Want to become engaged in the type of work that really matters? Stop by to speak to a recruiter and learn more about Peace Corps!

WMWTA Scholarship

WMWTA Scholarship

April 3, 2015 All Day

The West Michigan World Trade Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining West Michigan’s competitive edge in the global marketplace. As part of this commitment, the...

Miller Johnson Paid Pre-law Intern

Miller Johnson Paid Pre-law Intern

April 10, 2015 1:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Miller Johnson Pre-Law Student Intern Program Description Miller Johnson partners with Grand Valley State University to provide an academic semester-long internship opportunity (two opportunities...

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