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

Ryan Meyer

Ryan Meyer

Earning Master's of Public Policy at Georgetown University

Amanda Fortino

Amanda Fortino

Major Gifts Officer for Farm Sanctuary

Reginald Oates

Reginald Oates

Program Evaluator for Government-funded Programs

Mike Kolehouse

Mike Kolehouse

Political Organizer Founds Consulting Firm

Chelsea Kendziorski

Chelsea Kendziorski

Student Summer Scholar 2014

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News

Senior Political Science Major Wins School Board Seat

Senior Political Science Major Wins School Board Seat

November 11, 2014

Senior political science major Toby Hutchins wins Fennville School Board position

PLS Alumna Kristin Sage (Mahn)

PLS Alumna Kristin Sage (Mahn)

November 11, 2014

Look who's in the news for representing Wayne State University Law School!

Research Student Position at GVSU's Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy

Research Student Position at GVSU's Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy

October 07, 2014

The Johnson Center for Philanthropy is seeking an undergraduate or graduate student to assist in its community-based research and evaluation projects.

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

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Events

Trafficking in Human Beings

Trafficking in Human Beings

December 4, 2014 6:00 PM

Trafficking In Human Beings: Human Rights Colloquium Honoring James Kofi Annan FREE ADMISSION LIB 100 & 201 Approved  Please click the link below for more information: Trafficking...

Humanity in Action Fellowship

Humanity in Action Fellowship

January 8, 2015 All Day

Intensive and demanding, the Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of college students and recent graduates to explore national histories of discrimination and resistance—including...

Outstanding Paper Award

Outstanding Paper Award

February 9, 2015 All Day

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

Frozen Time Screening

Frozen Time Screening

February 12, 2015 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Grand Valley is proud to present the screening of: Frozen Time, Liquid Memories: 1942-2012 a film by Dragan Kujund~i� Kujund~i� is a Professor of Film and Media Studies, Jewish, Germanic and Slavic...

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