Eric VanMiddendorp

Eric VanMiddendorp

"I chose Grand Valley primarily because of their co-op system. I like that by the time you graduate you have over a year of experience." - Eric VanMiddendorp, engineering major Read More

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Northwestern Michigan College

Program Guide: International Relations

First Year

First Semester
ENG 111 4
MTH 121 4
Elective 3
Foreign Language I 4
Second Semester
ENG 112 4
PLS 211 3
Science Lab elective 4
Foreign Language II 4

Second Year

First Semester
ECO 201 3
Elective 3
Foreign Language III 4
HST 235 3
Science elective 4
Second Semester
ECO 202 3
GEO 109 3
Humanities elective 3
U.S. Diversity elective 3
Foreign Language IV 4


  • 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:  ART 214, ENG 245, HST 111, HST 112, HST 211, HST 212, HST 213, MUS 111, SOC 201, SOC 220



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.

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