As a political science or international relations major, you are encouraged to study off-campus through one of Calvin's many semester or interim abroad programs.
Calvin offers a number of semester long programs. You can study in Britain, China, France, Ghana, Honduras, Hungary, New Mexico, Spain, Thailand or Washington, D.C. Investigate each semester program to find out which program is for you.
Calvin also offers numerous off-campus courses during interim.
You may also participate in many non-Calvin programs.
Semester in France
- Everywhere you look, you'll see mountains: the Chartreuse range sits to the north and to the west towers the Vercors range; the Belledonne range fills in the view to the east. The Drac and Isère rivers intersect in the picturesque town of Grenoble, in a valley carved out by a glacier. Here, you will thrive as you deepen your understanding of the French language and culture.
Semester in China
- For years, China was shrouded in mystery to westerners, but now this 1.3 billion person nation has opened itself up to the outside world. Spend a semester alongside expert professors and curious peers studying all things Chinese, both traditional and modern.
The Henry Semester in Washington, D.C.
- In Washington, D.C. you'll gain a real-world perspective on the ideas you've learned in the classroom at Calvin. Political science major or not, you can work with Career Development to find a place to gain valuable experience in your field of study. And all this with the nation's capital as the backdrop. You might work at CNN, the Canadian Embassy, the Department of Transportation, Amnesty International or even the White House—the possibilities are endless.
Semester in Hungary
- Get to know a major European city better than you know your own neighborhood. A hub for food, politics, fine arts, and thermal baths, Budapest, Hungary offers the opportunity to learn alongside inspiring Hungarians who serve refugees, teach in schools, and advocate for positive social change.
Semester in Honduras: Justice Studies
- Learn about justice issues in Tegucigalpa by studying abroad in one of two Calvin semester programs in Honduras. Whether through an interview with a worker in a garment factory or a lecture from one of Honduras' top politicians, this semester will open your eyes to a new way of thinking about justice: as something that's possible.
POLS W40 Democratic Transition: the 2017 Presidential Inauguration
- This course offers students an opportunity to learn about the major political transition of the American political system, the inauguration of a new president. A significant portion of the class (16 days from January 9 to 24) will take place in Washington, D.C., before and after the January 20, 2017 presidential inauguration.
IDIS W49 Legacies of Empire: Political Economy and Society in Curacao and Trinidad
- This course undertakes interdisciplinary exploration of the historical and contemporary legacies of European empires in the Caribbean region through a cross-national comparative analysis of political economy and society on the islands of Curacao and Trinidad.
HNRS 250A Learning in Place: Political Economy and Society in Curacao and Trinidad [CLOSED]
- This course undertakes interdisciplinary exploration of the historical and contemporary legacies of European empires in the Caribbean region through a cross-national comparative analysis of political economy and society of the islands of Curacao and Trinidad.