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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 Cultures: World Perspectives)
PLS 211 International Relations (also Cultures: World Perspectives)

Cultures: World Perspectives
PLS 103 Issues in World Politics (also Foundations: Social and Behavioral Sciences)
PLS 211 International Relations (also Foundations: Social and Behavioral Sciences)
PLS 281 Comparative Political Systems: Canada
PLS 283 Chinese Politics and US-China Relations
PLS 284 Latin American Politics
PLS 319 African Politics (also Issues: Globalization)

Themes 
PLS 306 American Constitutional Law I 
PLS 307 American Constitutional Law II 
PLS 311 International Conflict and Conflict Resolution 
PLS 315 International Political Economy
PLS 330 Religion and Politics in America 
PLS 338 Citizenship 
PLS 340 Mass Media and American Politics 
PLS 339 Comparative Democratization 

Issues (Specific Issue in parentheses)
PLS 301 Poverty, Inequality and US Public Policy (Identity)
PLS 303 Introduction to US Environmental Policy (Sustainability)
PLS 319 African Politics (Globalization; also Cultures: World Perspectives)

Spotlights

Nick Girimont

Nick Girimont

1L at MSU College of Law

Emily Brown

Emily Brown

Master's Student Working for State Department

Kirsten Zeiter

Kirsten Zeiter

Selected as UN Delegate

Toby Hutchins

Toby Hutchins

Student Wins School Board Seat

Chelsea Kendziorski

Chelsea Kendziorski

Student Summer Scholar 2014

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News

Professor Walhof's Book: The Democratic Theory of Hans-Georg Gadamer

Professor Walhof's Book: The Democratic Theory of Hans-Georg Gadamer

January 17, 2017

Walhofs book examines the distinctive contribution that the writings of Hans-Georg Gadamer make to democratic theory.

Scholarships from the Grand Rapids Sister City Perugia Committee

Scholarships from the Grand Rapids Sister City Perugia Committee

December 13, 2016

Two visiting students from the University of Perugia receive scholarships from the Grand Rapids Sister City Perugia Committee

Cornish to Give "Last Lecture"

Cornish to Give "Last Lecture"

November 15, 2016

Two professors will give a lecture as though it is the last one they will ever give.

Political Science Department Faculty Member Visits Washington, DC

Political Science Department Faculty Member Visits Washington, DC

November 01, 2016

Political Science Department faculty member Michelle Miller-Adams visited Washington, DC, on October 24-26 in her capacity as an expert on place-based scholarship programs.

GVSU Interns in Washington DC, Fall 2016

GVSU Interns in Washington DC, Fall 2016

October 25, 2016

Washington Center Interns Fall 2016

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Events

Chiaroscuro International Film Series: Güeros

Chiaroscuro International Film Series: Güeros

January 29, 2017 2:00 PM

Please join us this Sunday, January 29th!   For the second film in our 11th season, Güeros is a 2014 Mexican film directed by Alonso Ruizpalacios. The film showcases...

Summer Orientation Assistant

Summer Orientation Assistant

February 13, 2017 All Day

The application for the Summer Orientation Assistant position is now available.  It has been posted online at Laker Jobs and is attached below. The deadline to apply is Monday, February...

The Washington Center Information Meeting

The Washington Center Information Meeting

February 16, 2017 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

The Washington Center Information Meeting   Thursday, February 16, 2017 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. 309 Padnos Hall   Interested in interning in Washington D.C. or abroad? Interested...

Social science and global health: a very real need

Social science and global health: a very real need

March 2, 2017 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM

Social science and global health: a very real need Guest Lecture by Dr. Juliet Bedford   Date: Thursday, March 2nd Time:  11:30-12:45 Location: Kirkhof Center room 2204 Pere...

Outstanding Paper Award

Outstanding Paper Award

March 14, 2017 All Day

The Department of Political Science and International Relations program are holding our fourth annual Outstanding Paper Award competition. We invite all students who major or minor (including...

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