Studying political science at Calvin College means going beyond partisan and ideological divisions to give students a new way of seeing how political systems work—and how they should work.
You will develop skills in reading comprehension, quantitative analysis, oral and written communication, and you will be challenged to engage the study of politics by considering how faith can impact political institutions and public policy in a way that promotes justice throughout society. Our courses will help provide you a balanced and comprehensive understanding of politics, policy, and political inquiry.
International Relations Major
Discover the interworkings of politics in the wider world with the international relations major. Students who major in international relations may also choose to follow a program of concentration in Comparative Politics, Governments and Globalization or Peace, Conflict, and Diplomacy.
Political Science Major
Majoring in political science will help you expand your knowledge of American politics, comparative government, international politics, political theory and methods of political analysis. Students who major in political science may also choose to follow a program of concentration in policy studies and civic leadership.
Policy Studies and Civic Leadership
Equip yourself with the leadership skills and know-how to advance public policy.
Comparative Politics, Governments and Globalization
Compare the internal workings of states across the world, studying how states form, democratize, and handle violent and non-violent contention and how globalizing forces such as human rights and climate change impact domestic politics.
Peace, Conflict, and Diplomacy
Investigate political, economic, and military interactions among states at a global level, with particular attention to resolving global problems through international cooperation.