Grand Valley International Relations

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Students in the international relations program examine the sources of tension that create conflict among nations, interdependence among nations, and ways in which international management and diplomacy can promote cooperation.

Program Offerings at Grand Valley

International relations graduates receive a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree. We also offer a minor in international relations. In addition to the general international relations curriculum, students may select emphases in:

  • Area studies such as Latin American studies, Middle East studies, African studies, and East Asian studies
  • Economics and business
  • History and geography
  • Political science

Spotlights

Courtney Johnston

Courtney Johnston

Entrepreneur Founds Copywriting Business

Dorothy Sewe

Dorothy Sewe

International Refugee Work in Grand Rapids

Claudia Hasbun

Claudia Hasbun

International Program Coordinator in DC

Jamie Bash

Jamie Bash

Program Coordinator for Medical Teams International

Kimberly McKenzie

Kimberly McKenzie

Assistant to U.S. Supreme Court Justice

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Coursework

The curriculum is designed to give students a broad base of knowledge. Some of the subjects included are:

  • Emerging markets issues
  • Geography
  • International law
  • Macro and microeconomics
  • U.S. foreign policy

Career Options

Students may work in fields such as:

  • Government service
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Public policy
  • Teaching

Why Study International Relations at Grand Valley?

  • A broad curriculum that prepares students for a wide variety of careers.
  • An excellent study abroad program that gives students the once-in-a-lifetime experiences that significantly enrich their educations.
  • An active internship program where students get credits for internship experience.

News

Bratt Recognized as 2014 IR Outstanding Student

Bratt Recognized as 2014 IR Outstanding Student

April 14, 2014

IR major, Paul Bratt, is the 2014 International Relations Outstanding Student.

Szost Awarded IR Study Abroad Scholarship

Szost Awarded IR Study Abroad Scholarship

April 14, 2014

IR major Elena Szost will study in Japan for the 2014-15 academic year.

Stott Awarded IR Study Abroad Scholarship

Stott Awarded IR Study Abroad Scholarship

April 14, 2014

IR major Kyle Stott will study in Japan this summer.

Bectel Awarded IR Study Abroad Scholarship

Bectel Awarded IR Study Abroad Scholarship

April 14, 2014

IR major Christine Bectel will study in Germany for the 2014-15 academic year.

Mork Wins PLS/IR Outstanding Paper Award

Mork Wins PLS/IR Outstanding Paper Award

April 14, 2014

Quinlyn Mork's paper, "Democracy in Ghana: A Product of Elite Construction?" has been selected as the Outstanding Paper written in 2013.

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Events

Commencement

Commencement

April 26, 2014 3:00 PM

Commencement Ceremonies. Congratulations to our International Relations graduates!

Spring Classes Begin

Spring Classes Begin

May 5, 2014 All Day
Summer Classes Begin

Summer Classes Begin

June 23, 2014 All Day

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