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Academics: International Relations

International relations major (33 semester hours)

The international relations major at Calvin consists of 33 semester hours plus nine cognate hours of course work or an approved off-campus semester program. See graduation requirements for more specific information about which courses you must take.

Admission to the program
Graduation requirements
Internship experience


Admission to the program

To be admitted to the international relations major you must have completed one (non interim term) political science course with a minimum grade of C (2.0).

Graduation requirements

To graduate with an international relations major, you must take the following courses

  • International Cooperation and Conflict (207
  • Governments and Globalization (214)
  • Foundations of Political Science Research (251)
  • Senior Seminar in Political Science (399)
  • One from American politics (101, 202, 212, 234, 237, or 310)
  • One from political thought (110, 240, 306)
  • Economics 222

Twelve additional hours of political science coursework (which may include one interim course and/or three hours of internship credit) or completion of one of two concentrations: Comparative Politics, Governments, and Globalization or International Cooperation and Conflict.

In addition, students complete three approved cognate courses or an approved off-campus semester program.

Internship experience

International majors, particularly those who do not anticipate pursuing either law school or some graduate program shortly after graduation, are encouraged to enroll in internship programs.

Students can complete an internship for a maximum of 3 semester hours in Internship in Politics and Government (380), as well as internships through our Washington, DC semester program. Interested students should contact the department's Internship Director, Prof. Pelz.


Information on the specifics and guidelines for graduating with honors can be found on the political science department 's honors page.