Calvin's program in international development prepares you to "act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God" (Micah 6:8) in a global context.

Overview

Calvin's unique international development program combines foundational knowledge in areas such as intercultural communication, economic development and democratization with theoretical understanding and practical skills. In international development studies, you will take courses in a variety of areas, including sociology, political science, biology and economics. You will also study off campus and study international development where it is happening. You may also pursue an internship in a developing nation.

Careers in International Development Studies

  • Peace Corp Volunteer
  • Diplomat
  • Agricultural Economist
  • International Businessperson
  • More

See job placement rates for Calvin grads.

Student involvement

Study development in Honduras or spend a semester in China, Ghana and Thailand; Help plan the student-led Faith and International Development Conference; Intern with the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee; Participate in Rangeela; Apply for the Grassroots Living-Learning Community.

Scholarships

Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2014-15 academic year.

Business as Mission Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need required; planning to go on the off-campus 3rd world development program
  • application available from the international development studies department in the spring term
Patricia S. Duthler International Development Leadership Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,600
  • senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; preference to those with effective oral and written communication skills, enage in volunteer activities and demonstrate a strong commitment to integrate the Christian faith into their life practice
  • application available from the international development studies department in the spring term
Forever 21 International Development Scholarship
  • award amount: $6,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; demonstrate the ability to "act justly, love mercy and to walk humbly with your God" (Micah 6:8) in a global context; be strongly committed to finding an international development placement after graduation
  • application available from the international development studies department
Hollingsworth International Development Studies Scholarship
Dr. Vincent P., Jr. and Alida W. Miller Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,900
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need not required; enrolled in an off-campus semester program
  • application available from the international development studies department in the spring term
Doris Tuinstra Cross Cultural Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; exhibit strong potential for Kingdom service and leadership in the global arena
  • application available from the international development studies department in the spring term
Vander Pol International Development Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,400
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; demonstrate care and concern of third world countries through acts of volunteerism, course work or summer employment
  • application available from the international development studies department in the spring term
Calvin and Shirley Van Heukelem Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need not required; exhibit strong potential for Kingdom service and leadership in the global arena
  • application available from the international development studies department in the spring term
Reverend Alfred and Henrietta Walcott Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,200
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; exhibit a Christian commitment in their academic and personal life
  • application available from the international development studies department in the spring term
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Faculty

Henk Aay

Henk Aay
Professor Emeritus
Department of Geology Geography & Environmental Studies
NH 058
aay@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7033

Johnathan Bascom

Johnathan Bascom
Professor
department chair
Department of Geology Geography & Environmental Studies
NH 085
jbascom@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7053

David Dornbos

David Dornbos
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
DH 205
dld9@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8578

Roland Hoksbergen

Roland Hoksbergen
Professor; director of International Development Studies program
Department of Economics
NH 164
hoksro@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6369

Joe Kuilema

Joe Kuilema
Instructor
Department of Social Work
SC 225
jkuile04@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6489

Tracy Kuperus

Tracy Kuperus
Associate Professor
Department of International Development Studies
NH 260
tlk5@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8848

Daniel Miller

Daniel Miller
Professor
Department of History
HH 474
mill@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6196

James Skillen

James Skillen
Assistant Professor
Department of Geology Geography & Environmental Studies
NH B77
jrs39@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7546

Evert Van Der Heide

Evert Van Der Heide
Professor
Department of Economics
NH 182
evheide@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6099

Todd Vanden Berg

Todd Vanden Berg
Professor, on leave spring 2013
department chair
Department of Sociology
SC 227
tvdberg@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6705

Kurt Ver Beek

Kurt Ver Beek
Professor
Director of Calvin's Honduras Program
Department of Sociology
c/o Sociology Dept
kverbeek@calvin.edu

Pablo Villalta

Pablo Villalta
Assistant Professor
Department of Spanish
HH 409
pvillalt@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7717

Talk to us

Roland Hoksbergen Roland Hoksbergen
Program Director
Department of International Development Studies
NH 164
hoksro@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6369

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