We live, work and worship in a global community. Calvin's international relations program prepares students to be Christ's ambassadors in the world.

Overview

The international relations program at Calvin features courses in history, economics, politics, business, sociology and more. As an international relations major/minor, you'll be invited to:

  • spend a semester interning in Washington D.C.
  • compete in the Model U.N. conference in Chicago
  • gain valuable leadership and problem solving skills while studying under Christian faculty members

Careers in International Relations

  • Diplomat
  • Peace Corp Volunteer
  • International Businessperson
  • NGO Worker
  • 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.

De Kryger Monsman Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,800
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; political science major
  • apply through the political science department
Peace and Justice Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,400
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need not required; political science major; be actively involved with global peace and justice issues
  • apply through the political science department
Dr. James Penning Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.20+
  • financial need is not required; political science major; be interested in a career in state and local government; preference may be given to students interested in an internship
  • apply through the political science department
Charles Strikwerda Scholarship in Political Science
  • award amount: $1,300
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is not required; political science or international relations major; excellent student in and out of class as demonstrated by regular, thoughtful, and cheerful contributions in class discussions and by participation in campus and/or community activities; contributues significantly to the classroom and campus environment
  • apply through the political science department
Lyle and Barbara (Duimstra) Voskuil Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; economics or political science major; preference is given to those interested in international and global relationships and how the world can work together
  • to apply, economics and political science majors should complete the application through the political science department
Dr. Bernard Zylstra, S.J.D., Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is not required; history, philosophy or political science major; evidence of Christian character and promise and growth; must submit a 1,200 word essay that reflects on some article by Bernard Zylstra concerning political theory; provide a statement of potential career goals that indicates some relevance to political theory and of how this scholarship would help accomplish those career goals
  • to apply, complete the application and the recommendation form through the political science department
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Faculty

Kevin den Dulk

Kevin den Dulk
Department Chair and Executive Director of the Henry Institute
Paul Henry Chair in Christianity and Politics
Department of Political Science
DC 261
krd33@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6234

Becca McBride

Becca McBride
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
DC 261-G
ram38@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7023

Mikael Pelz

Mikael Pelz
Assistant Professor, Internship Director for Political Science
Department of Political Science
DC 261I
mlp23@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6232

Kurt Pyle

Kurt Pyle
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
DC 261J
kp34@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6015

Joel Westra

Joel Westra
Associate Professor
Pre-law advisor
Department of Political Science
DC 261-H
jhw3@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6727

Talk to us

Kevin den Dulk Kevin den Dulk
Program Director
Paul Henry Chair in Christianity and Politics
Department of Political Science
DC 261
krd33@calvin.edu
(616) (616) 526-6234

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