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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

Dorothy Sewe

Dorothy Sewe

Aids Refugee Relocation Efforts

Mollie Smith

Mollie Smith

Student Founds Breast Cancer Awareness Organization.

Nick Girimont

Nick Girimont

1L at MSU College of Law

Chelsea Kendziorski

Chelsea Kendziorski

Student Summer Scholar 2014

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News

Constantelos Wins Internationalization Award

Constantelos Wins Internationalization Award

February 08, 2018

Professor John Constantelos was recognized with GVSU's Internationalization Award.

GVSU professor lectures on marriage rights, religious liberty

GVSU professor lectures on marriage rights, religious liberty

February 07, 2018

Professor Darren Walhof of GVSU's political science department talks on anti-discrimination laws and religious laws.

Allendale to Albania

Allendale to Albania

January 18, 2018

GVSU alumnus and mayor Erion Veliaj transforms Albania's capital city.

Tim Zeeb

Tim Zeeb

October 31, 2017

We were thrilled to welcome our Distinguished Alumnus-in-Residence, Tim Zeeb.

PLS 325 Winter 2018

PLS 325 Winter 2018

October 16, 2017

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

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Events

Two Days, One Night on February 25, 2018

Chiaroscuro: Two Days, One Night

February 25, 2018 2:00 PM

Two Days, One Night (Deux Jours, Une Nuit) (Belgium/France/Italy) is a 2014 drama film written and directed by the Dardenne brothers, starring Marion Cotillard and Fabrizio...

Dr. Amitav Acharya on February 26, 2018

World Affairs Council: "Is American Global Leadership Waning?

February 26, 2018 6:00 PM

Since World War II, the U.S. built and maintained an international order on the foundation of superior military and economic power, ensuring the country a leadership role in world affairs. Now, it...

Hmong Memory at The Crossroads Documentry on February 28, 2018

Hmong Memory at The Crossroads Documentry

February 28, 2018 2:00 PM

It was a matter of looking at history from the perspective of those who were written out of it so that it might perhaps change the way we understand the past. The Hmong were among the many cultural...

Growing Up Hmong at The Crossroads Documentry on February 28, 2018

Growing Up Hmong at The Crossroads Documentry

February 28, 2018 6:00 PM

It was a matter of looking at history from the perspective of those who were written out of it so that it might perhaps change the way we understand the past. The Hmong were among the many cultural...

Miller Johnson Attorneys and Counselors Logo on March 9, 2018

Miller Johnson Pre-Law Student Intern

March 9, 2018 All Day

Miller Johnson Pre-Law Student Intern – Fall 2018 Program Description Miller Johnson partners with Grand Valley State University to provide an academic semester-long internship opportunity...

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