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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.

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Students are admitted directly into this program.
Available as a minor.

Program Overview

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
  • Geography
  • 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.

Career Insights

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Location & Format

Undergraduate students in this major study at Grand Valley's Allendale Campus.

  • Face To Face


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

  • Modern history
  • U.S. foreign policy
  • World geography
  • International law
  • Comparative economic systems

Combined Degree Programs

Many GVSU undergraduate programs can be combined with an existing master’s degree program to save on tuition and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, you can save $8,500 by pursuing a combined degree and take up to four fewer courses than if earning the degrees separately.

Talk with an advisor about how you can build your combined degree from existing programs to further personalize your education and create your own niche area of expertise.


Hands-on learning and other fieldwork not only deepen your mastery of your discipline but also give you the edge employers seek. Visit our experience matters page to see the work GVSU students are doing in their co-ops and internships.

Admission Requirements

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For More Information

Department of Political Science
1121 AuSable Hall
(616) 331-2320

Dr. Polly Diven, International Relations Program Director
[email protected]

Admissions and Recruitment Office


“The faculty has been great. They are so welcoming. I notice that the professors are very helpful and open to students.”


“My program has given me the foundation I need to build my life. The self journey I have taken at Grand Valley is very important to me.”