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.

Course Requirements 2013-14

International Relations major

(33 to 36 semester hours)

  • One course from:
    • POLS-207 Introduction to International Politics
    • POLS-304 International Peace and Security
    • POLS-319 International Political Economy
  • POLS-272 Global Democratization
  • POLS-251 Methods in Political Analysis or completion of a foreign language course beyond the 202 level
  • One course from:
  • One course from:
    • POLS-240 Political Ideas in Historical Perspective
    • POLS-306 History of Modern Political Thought
    • POLS-312 Men, Women, and the Law
    • POLS-320 Contemporary Political Thought
  • One set of courses from:
  • Three of the following courses, at least one from each category:
    • Comparative politics:
    • International politics:
    • *POLS-399 (The Christian Faith and Public Life) may count in either comparative politics or international politics, depending on the substance of the semester project, but may not be the only course in its elective category.
  • POLS-285 may not be the ONLY course in its elective category for the international relations major.
  • One approved interim course may count as an elective in the international relations major. Cognates (9-12 semester hours) Three courses from a list of approved cognates (see the department website for a complete IR cognate list) OR completion of an approved off-campus semester program

    Cognates(9-12 semester hours)

    Three courses from a list of approved cognates (see the department website for a complete IR cognate list) OR completion of an approved off-campus semester program

International Relations minor

(21 semester hours)

  • POLS-207 Introduction to International Politics
  • One course from:
  • Two courses from:
  • One course from:
  • Six additional semester hours within the department, which may include the semester in Washington, D.C. program and/or one (advisor-approved) interim course

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Scholarships

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

De Kryger Monsman Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,900
  • freshman, sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need required; demonstrate academic excellence
  • apply through the political science department
Peace and Justice Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,500
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need not required; 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 3.2+
  • financial need not required; be interested in a career in state and local government
  • apply through the political science department
Charles Strikwerda Scholarship in Political Science
Lyle and Barbara (Duimstra) Voskuil Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,700
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; preference to those interested in international and global relationships
  • political science majors apply through the political science department; economics majors apply through the Calvin Portal
Dr. Bernard Zylstra, S.J.D., Memorial Scholarship
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Faculty

Kevin den Dulk

Kevin den Dulk
Associate Professor
Paul Henry Chair in Christianity and Politics
Department of Political Science
DCC 261K
krd33@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6234

Becca McBride

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

Mikael Pelz

Mikael Pelz
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
DCC 261I
mlp23@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6232

Kurt Pyle

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

Joel Westra

Joel Westra
Associate Professor
Pre-law advisor
Department of Political Science
DCC 261H
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
DCC 261K
krd33@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6234

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