In international development studies, you'll learn about the factors that contribute to global hunger, poverty, and oppression. Discover how you can build a world in which every human being has the opportunity to flourish.
Equipping agents of renewal
The statistics can be jarring: 1.2 billion people struggle to make ends meet on less than $1.25 a day, while an additional 2.7 billion do it on less than $2.50 per day. At Calvin, we want to give you the skills and the knowledge to do something about it.
With an interdisciplinary array of courses, experiential off-campus learning, community development internships, vocational retreats, and an annual Faith and International Development Conference, Calvin's IDS program prepares you be a servant of God in a global context. Many graduates go on to work in fields such as community health, environmental science, and international law.
Many students also choose to pair their IDS studies with a specialization in another field such as business, international relations, or political science.
If you have a particular area of interest, talk to your advisor about how it might fit with IDS.
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Discovering beauty at the intersection of disciplines
Beginning in January 2021, Calvin senior Jason Entingh will be heading to Eastern Europe for six months as an English Teaching Assistant through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. His journey started with a love of language.
News & Stories, April 29, 2020
Joe Kuilema named Professor of the Year
Calvin social work professor Joe Kuilema voted 2019 Professor of the Year by students.
News & Stories, May 14, 2019
Conference calls students to be servants, not saviors
From February 7-9, the student-led Faith and International Development Conference will offer students, scholars, and international development organizations the opportunity to network and engage with pressing issues in the field.
News & Stories, February 2, 2019
Young Alumni Award: Jacqueline Klamer '08
Spark, December 01, 2018
Global Religion Research Initiative Grant spurs intercontinental collaboration
Notre Dame's Global Religion Research Initiative awarded international development studies professor Tracy Kuperus, in collaboration with faculty from five other institutions, a grant to study youth, faith, and politics in Africa.
News & Stories, February 28, 2018
Student-led conference explores the many complexities of home
From February 8-10, 2018, Calvin College hosts the 13th-annual Faith and International Development Conference. Student directors talk about the exciting things attendees can expect at the conference.
News & Stories, February 5, 2018
Alum's Fulbright focuses on conservation in Nicaragua
Interest in biology and faith-based missions help research
Spark, September 01, 2017
Walking Boldly: Nolan Coallier
Because of a mission trip to Honduras, Nolan Coallier ’17 knew he wanted to pursue medical missions. Calvin, and a full-tuition scholarship to the Medical College of Wisconsin, are helping him achieve that goal.
News & Stories, July 6, 2017
Walking Boldly: Brooke Bonnema
Through a semester program in Honduras, Brooke Bonnema '17 discovered her passion for immigration law. Every step of her Calvin journey brought her closer to that pursuit.
News & Stories, July 3, 2017
Calvin celebrates the Class of 2017
On Saturday, May 20, 2017, more than 900 students participated in the college's 97th annual Commencement ceremony.
News & Stories, May 19, 2017
Does Global Service Help or Hurt?
When Helping Heals
Spark, December 01, 2016
No upcoming events at this time.