Political science majors study systems of power, both domestic and international. It's just one other way of understanding how the world works.

Overview

As a political science student at Calvin, you'll have the opportunity to study the political foundations of a variety of nations and historical periods. You'll also be challenged to explore the ways in which your faith can impact policy and promote justice in society.

Careers in Political Science

  • State Representative
  • Police Officer
  • Judge
  • Federal Program Administrator
  • Special Interests Advocate
  • Reporter
  • More

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Student involvement

Study abroad for a semester in Washington D.C.; participate in Model UN or Amnesty International; run for Student Senate; write for or edit the Chimes.

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By the numbers

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Consecutive years Calvin students have brought home awards for their representation at the American Model United Nations
3
Political science and international relations majors who take part in full-time research with faculty through the McGregor Summer Research Fellowship Program
3
Political science/international relations majors who have served as U.S. State Department interns in the last two years

Course Requirements 2013-14

Political Science major

(33 semester hours)

  • POLS-101 American Politics
  • POLS-207 Introduction to International Politics
  • POLS-240 Political Ideas in Historical Perspective
  • POLS-251 Methods in Political Analysis
    • As a supplement to POLS-251, MATH-143 Introduction to Probability and Statistics is strongly encouraged.
  • One course from:
  • Eighteen additional semester hours from the department, which may include one interim course
  • A maximum of six semester hours of internship credit may be applied to the major.

Political Science minor

(21 semester hours)

  • One course from:
  • One course from:
  • One course from:
    • POLS-110 Persons in Political Community
    • 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
  • Twelve additional semester hours from the department, which may include one interim course

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Scholarships

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

Bere' Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $900
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 2.50+
  • planning to attend law school; financial need secondary factor; Christian character, motivation, potential for service as a lawyer
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Ronald Buikema Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,700
  • senior pursuing a pre-law program or graduate program in politics or government
  • GPA 3.0+
  • financial need not required; preference to graduates of any Chicago are high schools
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Thomas F. Caldon, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • first-year
  • HS GPA 3.3+
  • financial need required
  • automatic consideration
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
Honorable John Feikens Memorial Pre-Law Scholarship
  • award amount: $4,000
  • junior or senior
  • financial need considered; pursuing a pre-law program or a degree in political science;planning to attend law school
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
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
Kenneth L. Ryskamp Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,900
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.3+
  • financial need required; demonstrate Christian faith and indicate how their Christian faith will be used in the practice of law and how they plan to use their law degree to benefit the Kingdom
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Charles Strikwerda Scholarship in Political Science
Jacob and Rena Van Dellen Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,100
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 3.0+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
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
Wallace (Dutch) and Olive Waalkes Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,700
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 3.0+
  • financial need required; preference to seniors
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Johan and Wilma Westra Scholarship
  • award amount: $900
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; preference to those who are active in volunteer work and with a career goal in public service
  • apply through the political science department
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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