Worldwide mass communications, technological advances, and burgeoning international trade have increased the frequency and complexity of international relations. As the interaction among nations increases, the potential for international cooperation and conflict expands as well. The international relations program at Grand Valley provides students with the opportunity to gain a broad base of knowledge about the history, economics, and politics of interaction among nation-states. Students in the international relations program examine the sources of tension that create conflict among nations, and learn about the ways in which international management and diplomacy can promote international cooperation.
International relations is an interdisciplinary program that includes courses in political science, history, economics, marketing, geography, and foreign language. As part of their studies, students are encouraged to become proficient in a foreign language and study abroad at one of the universities with which Grand Valley has an institutional exchange agreement. The capstone course in international relations allows students to bring together the threads of knowledge they have gathered in interdisciplinary coursework and gives them a chance to pursue independent research on an international relations topic of their choice.
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