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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:
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.
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Meet our faculty
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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.
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.
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
May 09, 2014
PIC Corp Team wins the 2014 World Quest competition hosted by the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan
May 07, 2014
PLS 339 offered this fall semester, Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:30-5:45 p.m.
May 07, 2014
Samuel Hannah, Marc Plooster, and Marissa Swartz participate in Student Scholars Day
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.
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...
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...
Interested in a Washington, D.C. internship? Click on the link below for more information The Washington Center Informational Meeting
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...
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,...