International Relations, B.A.
International relations students examine interactions among states and peoples in an interdependent world. They study how governments, nongovernment organizations, and corporations resolve conflicts and foster cooperation. Graduates are well-informed citizens who are able to make meaningful contributions in a globalized environment.
Students can choose a Bachelor of Arts degree or a minor in international relations. In addition to the international relations curriculum, there are emphases available in the following:
- Political science
- History and culture
- Business and economics
- Area studies such as Latin American studies, Middle East studies, African studies, and East Asian studies
Why Study International Relations at Grand Valley?
- The program equips students with the tools they need to understand global and international trends.
- Students learn to understand issues of global importance, including development, the environment, security, human rights, migration, and the interconnections between governance, economics, power, and identity.
- The curriculum includes a strong interdisciplinary core, enhanced by a flexible set of electives that allow students to configure their studies to meet their own interests.
- Study abroad programs provide unique experiences that significantly enrich an education.
- Internship program allows students to earn credits while gaining valuable real-world work experience.