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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

James Spaanstra

James Spaanstra

Energy and Natural Resources Attorney

Derrick Mathis

Derrick Mathis

Keeping the Community Warm

Emily Brown

Emily Brown

Master's Student Working for State Department

Megan Koops Fisher

Megan Koops Fisher

Community Outreach Program Manager for Ready for School

Richard Damstra

Richard Damstra

Foreign Service Office, U.S. Department of State

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News

PLS 325 Winter 2018

PLS 325 Winter 2018

October 16, 2017

PLS 325 Human Rights and Democracy in Russia and the Post-Communist World

Batchelder Scholarship Winners

Batchelder Scholarship Winners

May 19, 2017

Gabrielle Lewis and Estefany Paniagua-Pardo are the winners of the John T. Batchelder Scholarship.

PLS Excellence in a Discipline Award

PLS Excellence in a Discipline Award

May 12, 2017

Audrey Tappenden received the Excellence in a Discipline Award.

Alum Eri Veliaj Delivers Commencement Address

Alum Eri Veliaj Delivers Commencement Address

May 08, 2017

GVSU Political Science alumnus Eri Veliaj delivered the April Commencement address.

Midwest Model EU

Midwest Model EU

May 08, 2017

GVSU Delegation Attends Midwest Model European Union.

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Events

PPIA on November 1, 2017

PPIA Program

November 1, 2017 All Day

PPIA (Public Policy and International affairs) Junior Summer Institute (JSI) is a rigorous, intensive seven-week summer program of classes and co-curricular activities promoting the professional and...

PPLC Flyer on February 8, 2018

Public Policy and Leadership Conference

February 8, 2018 All Day

The Public Policy and Leadership Conference (PPLC) seeks to provide students from underrepresented, underserved, low socioeconomic status areas access and opportunity to graduate programs focused on...

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