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Experiential Learning: Clubs and Activities

Amnesty International
Amnesty International is a club of devoted students from different walks of life and faith, standing up for humanity and human rights. our purpose is to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied. We will attempt to connect and discover investigations and to help expose abuses, awareness of injustices on campus and city-wide scale, educate and mobilize the public, and help transform societies to create a safer, more just world. See our Facebook Page!

Calvin College Conservatives
The Calvin College Conservatives are committed to making a positive difference in student lives so that they can actively discern and engage God’s world. We promote Christian conservative intellectualism by connecting political issues, speakers, debate and activism guided by conservative principles.

Calvin College Democrats
This club seeks to reevaluate what it means to be a democrat in the Calvin College community. They strive to understand, examine, and discern the beliefs and policies of the Democratic Party through their Christian world-view. Currently not active.

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The Calvin College Republicans' goal on Calvin's campus is to make this community more aware of conservative issues and the reasons behind them through various ways. They bring conservative speakers on campus for students and faculty to listen to, offers a conservative view on various issues, and are contacted when a conservative opinion is needed.

Calvin College Chimes
Many political science students contribute to the Calvin student newspaper, Chimes. For more information on writing or working for Chimes email the Chime's editor.

Democracy Matters
Democracy Matters is a national non-partisan organization that works towards getting private money out of politics and the people back in. The Calvin College Chapter was founded in Spring 2008. Help keep discussion about the United States Constitution and democracy alive on campus by joining Democracy Matters. Contact advisor Professor Corwin Smidt for more information.

Model UN Club: Calvin College
Model United Nations: Calvin College seeks to provide the opportunity for students to develop their knowledge of the international politics and issues faced by nations of the world, strengthen their skills in public speaking, research, diplomacy, alliance forming, and adaptability, through simulation in Model United Nations conferences around the country. 2010 Student leaders include Calab Eom and Stephanie Rentschler

Middle East Club
The Middle East Club is comprised of members who strive to gain a fuller understanding of the Middle East and its people. Club members will participate in field trips, service projects, film showings and discussions with guest speakers.

Paul B. Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity and Politics
The Paul B. Henry Institute was established by Calvin College in 1997 in honor of former Congressman Paul Henry, who taught in the political science department at Calvin College prior to serving as a State Representative, State Senator, and Congressman. The Paul Henry Institute seeks to promote scholarship that focuses on the interplay, both normatively and empirically, between the Christian faith and public life as well as to engage students in pursuing a career in Christian public service. The Institute hosts noted public figures as guest speakers, sponsors conferences, offers courses, and mentors students. For more information, contact Kevin den Dulk in DeVos Center Room 261 E or Contact him at: 616-526-6234 or email him at:

Pi Sigma Alpha Award

2014 inductees
2014 Pi Sigma Alpha inductees are:
Alicia Smit, Alden Hartopo, HaEun Nam.
Not pictured are Mark Greidanus and Erick Kraayeveld

Pi Sigma Alpha is the national honor society for undergraduate and graduate students of political science, giving students the opportunity for valuable administrative experience. There are over 650 chapters across the country. Students of government, political science, public administration, and international relations are accepted into the membership when they attain high standards of learning and academic distinction in political science and overall educational work. To become a recipient of this award 1) you must have completed at least one-half of the total credits required for a degree at Calvin (so you must be a junior or senior), 2) you must have completed at least ten semester-credits of work in political science including at least one upper-division course, with an average grade of B or higher in those courses 3) you must have achieved an overall GPA placing you in the top one-third of your whole glass (e.g., junior or senior class) 4) you need not be a political science major to qualify for membership.

For more information contact Calvin College's Chapter Advisor, Prof. McBride, in DeVos Center Room 261 G or contact her at: 616-526-7023 or email her at:

Pi Sigma Alpha is a student organization that provides a place for students to spend time with other students who are driven and motivated in political science. It gives students opportunities to volunteer in a wide variety of leadership and communication positions. Often at meetings ideas for events and services are discussed.

The national Pi Sigma Alpha society published The Pi Sigma Alpha Undergraduate Journal of Politics. Undergraduates of any class or major are encourages to submit manuscripts for publication. their goal is "to publish manuscripts of the highest quality. In general, papers selected for publication have been well-written with a well-developed thesis, compelling argument, and original analysis. The maximum page length for submissions is 35 pages. Manuscripts should include an abstract of approximately 150 words. Citations and references should follow the American Political Science Association Style Manual for Political Science. Authors may be asked to revise their manuscript before it is accepted for publication. Submissions must be in the form of a Microsoft Word document and should be e-mailed to Please include name, university, and contact details (i.e., mailing address, e-mail address, and phone number."

Social Justice Coalition
The Social Justice Committee works together to foster dialogue and action on issues of human rights and societal injustices, both locally and globally. This is done through education, advocacy, consciousness-raising, and networking with campus, community and national organizations.

Student Senate
Find out what it's like to run for elected office and participate in student government at Calvin. Student Senate holds elections for leadership positions in the spring of each year.