Global Development Studies
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Discover how you can build a world in which every human being has the opportunity to flourish.
The statistics can be jarring: 734 million people struggle to make ends meet on less than $1.90 a day, while an additional 1.9 billion people do it on less than $3.20 a day. At Calvin, we want to give you the skills and the knowledge to do something about it.
In global development studies, you'll learn about the factors that contribute to global hunger, poverty, and oppression. 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 GDS 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.
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Looking to stretch yourself further? Find even more collaboration and academic depth in one of Calvin’s two distinct honors programs.
Learn more about the Honors Scholars and Collegiate Scholars programs.
Prepare for a career in diplomacy, international relations, activism, and more by pairing your GDS degree with international relations.
Business as missions
In an increasingly interconnected world, global development studies makes an excellent companion to a business degree.
With over 100 majors and programs, you’re bound to find something you love.
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