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Grand Rapids Community College

Program Guide: International Relations

First Year

First Semester
EN 100 or 101 3
Foreign Language 101 4
PS 110 3
MA 110 4
Elective 3
17
Second Semester
EN 102 3
Foreign Language 102 4
EC 251 3
PS 202 3
GE 135 3
16
 

Second Year

First Semester
Foreign Language 231 4
EC 252 3
Science Lab elective 4
Humanities elective 3
14
Second Semester
U.S. Diversity elective 3
Foreign Language 232 4
Science elective 3
Elective 5
15
 

NOTES:

  • Degree offered: B.A.
  • Elective options: GE 296 or  PS 245 or PS 215
  • A fourth semester proficiency in a modern, spoken language is required
  • This guide fulfills the Michigan Transfer agreement (MTA).  Science electives must be selected from different disciplines.  Humanities elective must be a non-foreign language course.  Please check with your community college advisor for additional associate degree requirements.  GVSU will still honor the MACRAO agreement.
  • IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT STUDENTS SEE THE GRCC COUNSELING AND CAREER CENTER FOR A LIST OF COURSES THAT WILL FULFILL ELECTIVES.
  • U.S. Diversity electives:  AN 280, COM 235, EN 251, EN 261, EN 270, EN 271, EN 272, EN 278, GE 281, HS 215, HS 249, HS 250, HS 281, PL 207, SO 254, SO 260, SO 261, SO 262, SO 265, SO 270

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

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.

STUDY ABROAD

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 DeLas 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.

Admissions Office • 1 Campus Drive • Allendale MI 49401-9403
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