Transfer Plans

Select a school and program

For additional information and possible next steps, please refer to the following information:

  • If you are considering transferring to GVSU, please visit our Transfer Admissions resource page for all the information you need to get started.
  • For information on how your courses transfer to GVSU, please review the Course Equivalencies online.
  • If you decide to transfer to GVSU prior to completing your Associates Degree, you should consider taking advantage of the reverse transfer agreement we have with all Michigan community colleges.
  • Our online catalog provides a wealth of information on GVSU's academic programs, policies and procedures, course descriptions, etc.
  • Each college at GVSU has an academic advising center that serves specific majors in that college. If you have specific questions about program requirements, you could contact the advising center to seek additional information.
  • Each academic department at GVSU provides additional information about specific programs of study and links to important resources. You may access a comprehensive list here.
  • Our Career Center provides comprehensive support and resources for all students at GVSU. It is recommended that you connect with the counselors there as soon as you transition to GVSU.
  • The Career Guides by Major allow students to investigate possible career or graduate/professional school opportunities based on specific programs of study.

Transfer plans are meant to provide you with a suggested outline of courses for your respective academic interest. They are simply a guide while you attend community college. If you have additional questions regarding the content of this transfer plan, please contact the GVSU Admissions & Recruitment Office by phone at 616-331-2025 or by email at [email protected].


Northwestern Michigan College

Program Guide for International Relations

First Year, First Semester

Course Credits
ENG 111 4
MTA math course 4
Elective 3
Foreign Language I 4
Total 15

First Year, Second Semester

Course Credits
ENG 112 4
PLS 211 3
Science Lab elective 4
Foreign Language II 4
Total 15

Second Year, First Semester

Course Credits
ECO 201 3
Elective 3
Foreign Language III 4
HST 235 3
Science elective 4
Total 17

Second Year, Second Semester

Course Credits
ECO 202 3
GEO 109 3
Humanities elective 3
U.S. Diversity elective 3
Foreign Language IV 4
Total 16


  • Degree offered: B.A.  A fourth semester proficiency in a modern spoken language is required.
  • This guide fulfills the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA).  Humanities elective must be a non-foreign language course.  Science electives must be selected from different disciplines.  Please check with your community college advisor for additional associate degree requirements.  GVSU will still honor the MACRAO agreement.
  • U.S. Diversity electives:  Please see general education guide for list of approved courses
  • Students should consider a minor.
  • Students should consider transferring after one year.



Career opportunities in the field of international relations have expanded as interaction among nations has increased. Many international relations majors will pursue careers with multinational corporations in the fields of international marketing, finance, and business. International careers in the public sector include opportunities in the Department of State, Department of Defense, the Department of Commerce, and the Central Intelligence Agency, among others. Some graduates of the international relations program will pursue careers with international civic and nonprofit organizations. In addition, there is an increasing demand for professionals with international relations backgrounds in the fields of journalism, teaching, information technology, and research.


Students in the international relations program are strongly encouraged to take advantage of opportunities to study abroad. GVSU has institutional agreements with: East China University of Science and Technology, China; Eastern Institute of Technology, Hawke¿s Bay, New Zealand; ESSCA Business School, Angers, France; Groupe ESC Grenoble, France; Kingston University, England; International Christian University, Japan; the Japan Center for Michigan Universities, Japan; St. Petersburg State University, Russia; Universidad de Las Americas, Mexico; University of Economics, Poland; University of Finance and Economics, Russia; University of Sarajevo, Bosnia; University of Stuttgart, Germany; and the Uppsala University, Sweden. Opportunities are available with all institutions.

In addition, students may enroll in many other universities worldwide, for academic credit. Appropriate course taken abroad can be credited toward requirements for the major or minor. Students are encouraged to study the language and culture of a select geographic area as a component of their degree program.