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)

Cultures: World Perspectives
PLS 103 Issues in World Politics (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)
PLS 382 Politics of Post-Communist Europe
PLS 385 Russian and Post-Soviet Politics

Themes 
PLS 211 International Relations 
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

James Spaanstra

James Spaanstra

Energy and Natural Resources Attorney

Robert Monaghan

Robert Monaghan

Corporate Executive and Nonprofit Leader

Nick Girimont

Nick Girimont

1L at MSU College of Law

Tyler Nickerson

Tyler Nickerson

Advocating for Affordable Housing

Jeanine Anderson

Jeanine Anderson

Assistant DA in New York

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News

Professor Erika King Evaluates Primary Results

Professor Erika King Evaluates Primary Results

February 11, 2016

In an interview, Political Science professor Erika King discusses the New Hampshire primary results

Student Scholars Day Registration

Student Scholars Day Registration

February 05, 2016

Registration for Student Scholars Day is opening soon! REMEMBER: it is so important that you showcase your academic work! Do not miss this amazing opportunity!

Professor Erika King Discusses Caucus Results

Professor Erika King Discusses Caucus Results

February 02, 2016

Professor Erika King Discusses What Comes Next for Presidential Candidates

Miller-Adam's Research appears in The White House

Miller-Adam's Research appears in The White House

January 26, 2016

The Political Science Department is proud to announce Professor Miller-Adam's research was a leading influence in the White House this past week! Download her book here!

The Heir Apparent Presidency

The Heir Apparent Presidency

January 22, 2016

The Political Science Department is proud to announce the publication of Professor Donald Zinman's book: The Heir Apparent Presidency

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Events

Paul B. Henry Congressional Internship

Paul B. Henry Congressional Internship

February 15, 2016 All Day

The Henry Internship places a GVSU student in the Washington, D.C. offices of one of Michigan’s U.S. Representatives or Senators during the spring/summer 2016 session.  Students may also...

Great Decisions Global Discussion Series: "Climate Change: Local Solutions to Global Problems"

Great Decisions Global Discussion Series: "Climate Change: Local Solutions to Global Problems"

February 15, 2016 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM

When it comes to climate change, the local can impact the global! Former Mayor Heartwell draws on his decades of work creating a more sustainable Grand Rapids and insights gained for...

Great Decisions Global Discussion Series: "Never Again: the UN's Role in Genocide Prevention"

Great Decisions Global Discussion Series: "Never Again: the UN's Role in Genocide Prevention"

February 22, 2016 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM

Though 70% of Americans believe the U.S. should prevent mass atrocities world wide, according to a recent study by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, how do we do it? Dr. O'Bannon discusses...

Career Fair

Career Fair

February 25, 2016 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Career Fair is for Everyone! First & Second Year Students: explore job titles, career paths & employers Juniors: meet employers & learn about internship opportunities Seniors &...

Human Rights Minor Kickoff Event

Human Rights Minor Kickoff Event

February 25, 2016 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Brooks College Human Rights Program, Department of Political Science & GVSU Student Senate are sponsoring Human Rights Minor Kickoff Events! Join us as we welcome two dynamic guest speakers...

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