If you are interested in pursuing a career in government, business or non-profit organizations, think about adding a public administration concentration to your political science major. Learn how to serve God and your community as you consider how faith can transform institutions and policy.

Overview

As a public administration student at Calvin, you'll take classes in politics, business, economics and public policy. You can also gain valuable experience in the field by doing an internship as part of Calvin's semester programs in Chicago or Washington, D.C. or by participating in Calvin's many political student organizations.

Careers in Public Administration

  • State Representative
  • Police Officer
  • Judge
  • Special Interests Advocate
  • More

See job placement rates for Calvin grads.

Student involvement

Spend a semester in Washington D.C.; Participate in Model UN or Amnesty International; Run for Student Senate; Write for or edit the Chimes.

Course Requirements 2013-14

Public Administration major

(33 semester hours)

  • POLS-101 American Politics
  • One course from:
  • POLS-207 Introduction to International Politics
  • POLS-209 Public Administration
  • POLS-212 American Public Policy
  • POLS-240 Political Ideas in Historical Perspective
  • POLS-251 Methods in Political Analysis
  • One course from:
  • One course from:
  • One internship in either State/Local Government or Washington, D.C. (minimum 6 hours)
  • One political science elective (if needed to fulfill 33 hr. major requirement)

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Scholarships

Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2013-14 academic year.

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
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
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
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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

Simona Goi

Simona Goi
Associate Professor, Sabbatical leave 2013-14
Department of Political Science
DCC 261J
sgoi@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6459

Mikael Pelz

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

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

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