The political science program at Calvin goes beyond traditional partisan and ideological divisions to give students a new way of seeing how systems of power work—and how they should work.
Students are challenged to engage the world of politics as a whole, carefully considering how faith can impact institutions and policy in a way that promotes justice throughout society. The faculty has developed courses that give students a balanced and comprehensive understanding of politics.
International Relations Major
The international relations major consists of 33 semester hours plus three cognate courses or an approved off-campus semester program. Students who major in international relations may also choose to follow one of two programs of concentration: Comparative Politics, Governments, and Globalization Concentration or International Cooperation and Conflict Concentration
Political Science Major
This 33-hour major will help you expand your knowledge of American politics, comparative government, international politics, political theory and methods of political analysis. Students who major in political science may also choose to follow a program of concentration in policy studies and civic leadership.
Elementary Social Studies Group Major
Secondary Social Studies Group Major
International Relations Minor
Political Science Minor
This 21-semester-hour minor includes courses in American politics, comparative/international politics and political theory, plus nine semester hours of electives.
Secondary Education Political Science Minor
This 21-semester-hour minor must be paired with a secondary education major.
Policy Studies and Civic Leadership
If you are interested in pursuing your vocation by working in one of countless leadership positions in government, business or non-profit organizations, the department offers a political science major with a policy studies and civic leadership concentration.
Comparative Politics, Governments and Globalization
If you are interested in exploring the politics and governments of countries around the world, the department offers an international relations major with a comparative politics, governments and globalization concentration.
International Cooperation and Conflict
If you are interested in exploring political, economic and military interactions among states at a global level, the department offers an international relations major with an international cooperation and conflict concentration.