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 somethign 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 out how it might fit with IDS.
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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
Calvin alum's Fulbright focuses on conservation efforts in Nicaragua
Through a Fulbright scholarship, Joel Betts '14 will be assessing the extent of agricultural and hurricane-induced forest loss in an indigenous territory in Nicaragua.
News & Stories, May 10, 2017
Conference educates, inspires, equips students for international development
From February 9-11, hundreds of students from across North America are coming to Calvin for the annual, student-organized FIDC.
News & Stories, February 8, 2017
Does Global Service Help or Hurt?
When Helping Heals
Spark, December 01, 2016
Expert provides insight into Boko Haram
Edlyne Anugwum, a Nigerian anthropologist, believes the best way to find out what a group is up to is to ask them—so he did. On Wednesday, November 2, Anugwum will present his lecture, “Boko Haram and the Gospel of Terror in Nigeria.”
News & Stories, October 31, 2016
A just response to natural disasters
Using first-hand experience and primary research, Haitian national Daniel Jean-Louis confronts the inadequacies of current foreign aid strategies and offers effective alternatives.
News & Stories, October 27, 2016
Engaging the church in global justice through media
Jason Fileta '05 recently produced a documentary about climate change and the church.
News & Stories, August 12, 2016
Thinking deeply and helping employees thrive
Jamie Cheeney '15 is an employment specialist at Kamps Pallets, drawing on Christian business practices she learned at Calvin.
News & Stories, August 4, 2016
An unexpected source infuses inspiration
Sarah Kluitenberg will be pursuing a masters degree at the University of London after three years of teaching at CRC Primary School in Kabala, Sierra Leone.
News & Stories, June 30, 2016
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