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

Mario Amaya-Velazquez

Mario Amaya-Velazquez

Graduate Soaks Up Languages Abroad

Dorothy Sewe

Dorothy Sewe

International Refugee Work in Grand Rapids

Amanda Miralrio

Amanda Miralrio

Compliance Office for U.S. Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control

Nerina Cevra

Nerina Cevra

Human Rights Lawyer and Advocate

Sheila Garcia

Sheila Garcia

Intern at the West Michigan Refugee Education and Cultural Center

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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

Phelan ('11) Awarded Fulbright Teaching Scholarship

Phelan ('11) Awarded Fulbright Teaching Scholarship

June 24, 2014

Kathryn Phelan will be teaching English in Brazil.

GVSU Team Wins World Quest 2014

GVSU Team Wins World Quest 2014

May 09, 2014

PIC Corp Team wins the 2014 World Quest competition hosted by the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan

PLS 339 Comparative Democratization

PLS 339 Comparative Democratization

May 07, 2014

PLS 339 offered this fall semester, Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:30-5:45 p.m.

IR Students Awarded PIC Study Abroad Scholarship

IR Students Awarded PIC Study Abroad Scholarship

April 29, 2014

Three IR students have been awarded PIC Study Abroad Scholarships for 2014-15

Leestma Awarded Boren Scholarship

Leestma Awarded Boren Scholarship

April 29, 2014

IR major David Leestma wins nationally competitive Boren Scholarship.

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Events

WMWTA Panel Discussion:

WMWTA Panel Discussion:

September 30, 2014 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Background: The recent annexation of Crimea, subsequent downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, and ongoing unrest in East Ukraine have significantly altered US and European Union (EU) relations...

Boren Scholarship Information Session

Boren Scholarship Information Session

October 1, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The Frederik Meijer Office of Fellowships will host two information sessions on Boren Scholarship to discuss the purpose of the scholarship and the application process ·         Wednesday,...

International Relations Discussion Series: International Sex Selection Abortion: Causes and Controversies

International Relations Discussion Series: International Sex Selection Abortion: Causes and Controversies

October 1, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM

The video “It’s a Girl” and the book “Unnatural Selection” have attempted to draw greater attention to the  phenomenon of sex selective abortion. Widespread in India,...

What is the Peace Corps Really Like?

What is the Peace Corps Really Like?

October 2, 2014 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Three recent IR alumnae have all completed their Peace Corps service in the past year.  They have agreed to come to GVSU and discuss their experiences on Thursday, October 2, 7-8:30 pm.  The...

Study Abroad Fair

Study Abroad Fair

October 9, 2014 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Thinking about studying abroad? Be sure to attend this fall's Study Abroad Fair. Remember that studying in another country not only helps you to gain important language and intercultural communication...

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