Merritt Taylor, Ph.D.

Merritt Taylor, Ph.D.

"Grand Valley students are well prepared, they work hard, and it's a great opportunity and privilege as a professor to be able to show them opportunities that they may not have seen before." - Merritt Taylor, Biomedical Sciences Department Read More

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Southwestern Michigan College

Program Guide: International Relations

First Year

First Semester
ENGL 103 3
Elective 3
MATH 105 3
GERM 101 or SPAN 101 4
Elective 3
Second Semester
ENGL 104 3
U.S. Diversity elective 3
GERM 102 or SPAN 102 4
Elective 3
Elective 3

Second Year

First Semester
ECON 201 3
Elective 3
Science Lab elective 4
GERM 201 or SPAN 201 4
Second Semester
Humanities elective 3
Elective 3
Math/Science elective 4
ECON 202 3
GERM 202 or SPAN 202 4


  • Degree offered: B.A.
  • U.S. Diversity electives:  SOCI 202, SOCI 203, SOCI 240
  • This guide fulfills the MACRAO agreement.  Please check with a community college advisor for additional associate degree requirements.
  • Students may want to transfer after one year of basic courses.



Career opportunities in the field of international relations have expanded as interaction among nations has increased. Many international relations majors will pursue careers with multicultural corporations in fields of international marketing, finance, and business. International careers in the public sector include opportunities in the Department of State, Department of Defense, 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.

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