We live, work and worship in a global community. Calvin's international relations program prepares students to be Christ's ambassadors in the world.


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.


New students are automatically considered for general academic scholarships ranging from $1,000-15,000 based on a careful review of their application materials.

For a complete listing of departmental scholarships available to first-year students, use the Scholarship Search ».


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
(616) 526-6234

Becca McBride

Becca McBride
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
DC 261-G
(616) 526-7023

Mikael Pelz

Mikael Pelz
Assistant Professor, Internship Director for Political Science
Department of Political Science
DC 261I
(616) 526-6232

Joel Westra

Joel Westra
Associate Professor
Pre-law advisor
Department of Political Science
DC 261-H
(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
(616) (616) 526-6234


Connect with your counselor via email, phone, or in person. They'd love to hear from you and answer your questions!

Or, ask us your questions on Facebook.

In the fall and spring our counselors travel throughout the world to meet with students—see if they'll be in your area!

Teach This

Interested in teaching? You can gain certification in International Relations as a:

Calvin's teacher education program also contains education-specific course requirements that you must complete prior to certification. See course requirements for:

Professor Robert Keeley talks about the education program.

Learn More

Explore Calvin's teacher education program.

Read the teacher education guidebook for more detailed information about certification.

You may also be interested in: