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International Relations, B.A.

International relations students examine interactions among states and peoples in an interdependent world. We study how governments, non-government organizations, and corporations resolve conflicts and foster cooperation. IR majors become well-informed citizens who are able to make meaningful contributions in a globalized environment.

Visit the program website for more information.

Available as a minor.

Program Overview

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

  • 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?

  • A broad curriculum that prepares students for a wide variety of careers.
  • Excellent study abroad programs that provide students with once-in-a-lifetime experiences that significantly enrich their educations.
  • An active internship program where students earn credits while getting work experience.

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

Career Options

Students may work in fields such as:

  • Government service
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Journalism
  • Public policy
  • Law
  • Teaching
  • Marketing, trade, and finance

Combined Degree Programs

This undergraduate degree can be combined with a master's degree to save you time and money, and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, students save $8,500 in our combined degree programs and take up to four fewer classes than if earning the degrees separately.

You can even build your own combined degree from programs in different disciplines to further personalize your education and meet specific career goals.

Admission Requirements

Visit the Admissions website for undergraduate requirements.

For More Information

Department of Political Science
1121 AuSable Hall
(616) 331-2320
Dr. Polly Diven, IR Program Director

Admissions Office


“The faculty has been great. They are so welcoming. I notice that the professors are very helpful and open to students. Also, they come from different areas, not just West Michigan, so you get different perspectives.”


“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.”