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

See job placement rates for Calvin grads.

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 have served as U.S. State Department interns in the last two years

Scholarships

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

Bere' Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $900
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a pre-law program; planning to attend law school; Christian character, motivation, potential for service as a lawyer
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Ronald Buikema Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,200
  • senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is not required; pursuing a pre-law program or graduate program in politics or government; demonstrate leadership skills and involvement in community or extracurricular college activities; preference is given to graduates from the Chicago area high schools
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Florence M. and Thomas F. Caldon, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • first-year
  • GPA of 3.30+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a pre-med or pre-law program or a degree in engineering or accounting; preference is give to first generation college students
  • automatic consideration
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
Gerrit, Beulah, and Robert Dragt Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,600
  • first-year
  • GPA of 3.50+
  • financial need is not required; preference is given to those pursuing a degree in mathematics, physical or biological sciences, nursing or political science
  • automatic consideration
Honorable John Feikens Memorial Pre-Law Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,900
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.50+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a pre-law program or a political science major; planning to attend law school
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
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
Kenneth L. Ryskamp Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,600
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.30+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a pre-law program; demonstrate Christian faith; 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
  • 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
Jacob and Rena Van Dellen Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,900
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; political science major or pursuing a pre-law program
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
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
Waalkes Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,800
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a pre-law program; preference is given to seniors; planning to attend law school after graduating from Calvin
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Johan and Wilma Westra Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; political science major or pursuing a pre-law program; preference is given to students active in volunteer work and interested in a career of public service
  • apply through the political science department
Donald and Nancy Wierenga Business and Public Service Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a business and/or political science major; demonstrate an interest and aptitude in business leadership and public/community service; from Byron Center, MI
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
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

Tracy Kuperus

Tracy Kuperus
Associate Professor of International Development Studies
Department of International Development Studies
NH 181
tlk5@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8848

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

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

Admissions

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