For aspiring leaders and seekers of justice, studying political science at Calvin allows you to dig into and debate ideas that motivate movements and knit societies together. At Calvin, learn a whole new way of understanding the complexities of justice and power, while living in community and working closely with professors.
Political science major
Politics today need not be loud, confusing or difficult. Discover the many ways to be a faithful follower of Christ while navigating politicial systems. Dig even deeper with a concentration in policy studies and civic leadership.
International relations major
Discover the interworkings of politics in the wider world with the international relations major. Choose from two concentrations: comparative politics, governments and globalization or international cooperation and conflict.
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Majors, minors and concentrations
Explore the department’s majors, minors and concentrations, and see just how deep and broad the study of politics can be.
Semester in Washington, D.C.
Plan your semester in Washington, D.C., where you can build relationships and experience relevant to your career in our nation’s capital.
Explore the many ways to get involved on Calvin’s campus, including those specifically oriented towards political science and international relations majors.
Political Science Department Contributes to Civic Engagement
The Just Citizenship events came out of the "Challenges for the Next President" series that were organized by Kevin den Dulk and Micah Watson. Most Just Citizenship events met in the Chapel on Monday afternoons through the semester. The topics covered included democracy, fake news, refugees and health care policy. While most were panel discussions, three were special lectures.
International Relations Alumnus Profile: Daniel Kim '15
“I wanted to attend a Christian liberal arts college because I knew that every subject is connected to another and seeing the big picture is necessary for international work,” he said. “Calvin was very intentional about this.”
Political Science alumnus profile Jim Ligtenberg
“Working with the Supreme Court structure is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” he said. “It is humbling, intellectually energizing and challenging. The best part was getting to know Justice Alito personally.”
New online app empowers returning citizens transitioning out of prison
The Calvin Prison Initiative and the Henry Institute have created the Returning Citizens Resources online application to empower returning citizens in their transition out of prison and into society.
News & Stories, January 26, 2018
Calvin students debate whether free speech is worth the cost
The debate, “The Constitution and Free Speech: Is It Worth the Cost?,” was the third and final event in the department’s Constitution debate series and grappled with issues of free speech.
News & Stories, November 28, 2017
Calvin student contributes to reforming Oklahoma's death penalty protocol
In Spring 2017, senior Andrew Oppong pursued his passion of criminal justice reform through the college's Semester in D.C. program.
News & Stories, October 19, 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
Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse will deliver the 2017 Paul B. Henry Lecture
Calvin's Paul B. Henry Institute director Kevin den Dulk reflects on the upcoming lecture and symposium.
News & Stories, April 25, 2017
Students at the epicenter of American politics
From meeting with think tanks to members of Congress to attending the presidential inauguration, Calvin College students are gaining a new perspective on American politics this January.
News & Stories, January 20, 2017
Alumni journalists with ABC News, Washington Post return to discuss election
On Friday, Sept. 23, Calvin alums Ryan Struyk and John Muyskens will discuss faithful fact checking.
News & Stories, September 22, 2016
Walking Boldly: Nathan Maring
Nathan Maring '16 feels called to be a police officer as he pursues his passion of helping people and seeking justice and solutions for problems plaguing communities.
News & Stories, August 5, 2016
Calvin grads renewing our city
VERGE, Winter 2014
Faculty Profile: Becca McBride
VERGE, Fall 2014
From Calvin to Harvard Law School
How a political science grad's passion for social justice led her to Harvard Law School
VERGE, Winter 2012
John Calvin and Christian Public Engagement
3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Tue, March 6, 2018
Kingdom Mistakes and Their Consequences
3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Tue, March 13, 2018
Commons Annex Alumni Board Room
Searching for a Reconfigured "We the People": Embracing Counter Narratives for Just and Civil Discourse
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Tue, April 10, 2018
The Loss of American Consensus: Were We Better Off with the Cold War and without the Internet?
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Tue, April 17, 2018
Portraits of American Muslims: Civility in a Pluralistic Community
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Tue, April 24, 2018
Reviving the Civic Mission of Christian Schools: A Workshop in Civics Education
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Mon, June 11, 2018