PLS General Education Courses

The Political Science Department offers a wide range of courses in the General Education curriculum. Many students who are not political science majors find our General Education courses stimulating and provocative. Majors and minors are able to take these courses to simultaneously fulfill General Education and major/minor requirements.

Foundations: Philosophy and Literature
PLS 105 Introduction to Human Rights

Foundations: Social and Behavioral Sciences
PLS 102 American Government and Politics
PLS 103 Issues in World Politics (also counts for Cultures: World Perspectives)

Cultures: World Perspectives
PLS 281 Comparative Political Systems: Canada
PLS 283 Chinese Politics and US-China Relations
PLS 284 Latin American Politics
PLS 319 African Politics
PLS 382 Politics of Post-Communist Europe
PLS 385 Russian and Post-Soviet Politics

Themes (Specific Theme in parentheses)
PLS 211 International Relations (Making War and Peace)
PLS 306 American Constitutional Law I (Democracy)
PLS 307 American Constitutional Law II (Civil and Human Rights Movement)
PLS 311 International Conflict and Conflict Resolution (Making War and Peace)
PLS 315 International Political Economy (Global Change)
PLS 330 Religion and Politics in America (Religion)
PLS 338 Citizenship (Ethics)
PLS 340 Mass Media and American Politics (Society and the Media)
PLS 339 Comparative Democratization (Democracy)

Issues (Specific Issue in parentheses)
PLS 301 Poverty, Inequality and US Public Policy (Identity)
PLS 303 Introduction to US Environmental Policy (Sustainability)

Spotlights

Mike Kolehouse

Mike Kolehouse

Political Organizer Founds Consulting Firm

Quinlyn Mork

Quinlyn Mork

Studying Abroad in Ghana

Thomas Bell

Thomas Bell

Higher Education Consultant

Patrick Miller

Patrick Miller

Teaching at United States Military Academy

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News

Myott ('09) Represents Couple in Gay Marriage Suit

Myott ('09) Represents Couple in Gay Marriage Suit

June 25, 2014

Attorney Stephanie Myott ('09) recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of her clients who want the State of Michigan to recognize their out-of-state marriage

GVSU Team Wins World Quest 2014

GVSU Team Wins World Quest 2014

May 09, 2014

PIC Corp Team wins the 2014 World Quest competition hosted by the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan

PLS 339 Comparative Democratization

PLS 339 Comparative Democratization

May 07, 2014

PLS 339 offered this fall semester, Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:30-5:45 p.m.

PLS Students Present at Student Scholars Day 2014

PLS Students Present at Student Scholars Day 2014

May 07, 2014

Samuel Hannah, Marc Plooster, and Marissa Swartz participate in Student Scholars Day

Mork Wins PLS/IR Outstanding Paper Award

Mork Wins PLS/IR Outstanding Paper Award

April 14, 2014

Quinlyn Mork's paper, "Democracy in Ghana: A Product of Elite Construction?" has been selected as the Outstanding Paper written in 2013.

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Events

A Common Ground Panel Discussion

A Common Ground Panel Discussion

September 23, 2014 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

A panel of political science professors from GVSU will provide fresh perspectives on this year’s major elections—for the governorship, and the US House and Senate—and discuss the...

Truman Scholarship Information Session

Truman Scholarship Information Session

September 24, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The Truman Scholarship Foundation recognizes college juniors with leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit advocacy sectors, education, or elsewhere in public...

Boren Scholarship Information Session

Boren Scholarship Information Session

October 1, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The Frederik Meijer Office of Fellowships will host two information sessions on Boren Scholarship to discuss the purpose of the scholarship and the application process ·         Wednesday,...

Study Abroad Fair

Study Abroad Fair

October 9, 2014 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Thinking about studying abroad? Be sure to attend this fall's Study Abroad Fair. Remember that studying in another country not only helps you to gain important language and intercultural communication...

The Washington Center Informational Meeting

The Washington Center Informational Meeting

October 15, 2014 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Interested in a Washington, D.C. internship? Click on the link below for more information The Washington Center Informational Meeting

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