Political science students at Calvin maintain a high level of involvement in campus life, both academic and extracurricular, and pursue higher levels of education after graduating.
» Over the past five years, political science or international relations majors have served Chimes, Calvin's student newspaper, as as editors-in-chief and news editors.
» Political science and international relations majors regularly become involved in Student Senate, Calvin's student government.
» Students in the international relations and political science majors lead on-campus organizations, such as the College Democrats, the College Conservatives, Amnesty International and the Model United Nations Club.
» During 2009 the Model United Nations program Calvin students won three awards at the American Model United Nations conference. This is a conference attended by 1200 students.
» Senior student, Kay Varela, was chosen to attend the Ralph Bunche Institute for minority students at Duke University. Sponsored by the American Political Science Association, the highly selective month-long institute prepares students for graduate school.
» In the summer, typically 2-3 political science and international relations majors are involved in research with a political science professor as part of the McGregor Summer Research Fellowship program
Students Study Abroad
» Two political science students, Eric Doornbos and Kelly Larsen majoring in international relations, participated in a month-long summer peace-building institute in Bosnia with the Global Youth Connect's Human Rights Delegation to Bosnia.
» Many political science and international relations majors spend a semester abroad.
- 20 of the 32 graduates in the 2009-2010 class studied in Honduras, Washington DC, China, Ghana, Hungary, Uganda, or Spain.
- Of the 25 graduates in the 2008-2009 class 19 spent a semester off campus in Chicago, Honduras, Washington DC, France, Ghana, Honduras, Hungary or Spain.
- 21 of the 36 graduates in the 2007-2008 class spent a semester in the Netherlands, Israel, Britain, Washington DC, France, Ghana, Honduras or Hungary.
» Paul Schrampfer, 2010 political science graduate, was selected as a fellow to participate in the prestigious John Jay Institute year–long internship program.
» Students majoring in political science often serve as campaign interns and workers.
- Matt Sowash, 2010 graduate, managed the Lori Wiersma for State Senate campaign.
- Paul Hartge, 2010 graduate, interned on the David LaGrand for State Senate campaign.
- Jeff Snyder, 2010 graduate, managed Ken Yonker’s State House campaign.
- Emily Higuera, 2010-2011 sophomore, works for the Justin Amash for Congress campaign.
- Jordan Wood, 2010-2011 junior, James Wood, 2010-2011 junior, Josh Boerman, 2010-2011 junior, and Lindsay Marks, 2010-2011 senior, interned with the Pat Miles for Congress campaign.
- Eric Kamstra, 2010-2011 senior, worked with the Rick Snyder for Michigan Governor campaign as well as the Justin Amash for Congress campaign.