For aspiring leaders and seekers of justice, studying political science at Calvin allows you to dig into and debate ideas that motivate movements and knit societies together. At Calvin, learn a whole new way of understanding the complexities of justice and power, while living in community and working closely with professors.
Political science major
Politics today need not be loud, confusing or difficult. Discover the many ways to be a faithful follower of Christ while navigating the world’s systems of power. Dig even deeper with a concentration in policy studies and civic leadership.
International relations major
Discover the interworkings of politics in the wider world with the international relations program. Choose from two concentrations: comparative politics, governments and globalization or international cooperation and conflict. And what better way to learn about international relations than through international travel? You’ll take away more than knowledge—you’ll have a whole new perspective.
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Majors, minors and concentrations
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Semester in Washington, D.C.
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Henry Institute sponsors Challenges for the Next President series
Organizer Micah Watson, associate professor of political science, says the series aims to offer “more light than heat.”
News & Stories, April 7, 2016
Expert analyzes GOP nominee scenarios
With the Iowa Caucus about a week away, political science professor Doug Koopman analyzes GOP nominee scenarios.
News & Stories, January 21, 2016
Walking Boldly: Paulina Heule
Paulina Heule '15 is a paralegal at a large international law firm.
News & Stories, July 31, 2015
Pursuing truth at the intersection
The Henry Symposium provides scholars, practitioners and the general public with an opportunity to engage in timely conversations at the crossroads of religion and politics.
News & Stories, April 28, 2015
An expert's take on the state of the Republican party
Political science prof Kurt Pyle answers a trio of questions about the identity of the Republican party as they make a run at the White House in 2016.
News & Stories, April 22, 2015
Semester in D.C. opens new doors for students
Seniors Ryan Struyk and Cristina Ureña used Calvin's semester program in Washington, D.C. as a springboard to future internship and job opportunities.
News & Stories, May 20, 2014
Faculty Profile: Joel Westra
Joel Westra’s path to becoming a political science professor began from a childhood fascination with maps and militaries.
News & Stories, June 21, 2013
New Henry Chair takes a global focus
Kevin den Dulk says students must focus on Asia and the global south.
News & Stories, January 2, 2013
Faculty Profile: Becca McBride
VERGE, Fall 2014
From Calvin to Harvard Law School
How a political science grad's passion for social justice led her to Harvard Law School
VERGE, Winter 2012
Calvin grads renewing our city
VERGE, Winter 2014