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

Chelsea Kendziorski

Chelsea Kendziorski

Student Summer Scholar 2014

Reginald Oates

Reginald Oates

Program Evaluator for Government-funded Programs

Erin (Meteer) Hendges

Erin (Meteer) Hendges

Campaign Fundraiser Founds Consulting Firm

Kristen Zeiter

Kristen Zeiter

Selected as UN Delegate

Ryan Meyer

Ryan Meyer

Earning Master's of Public Policy at Georgetown University

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News

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

PLS 339 Comparative Democratization

PLS 339 Comparative Democratization

May 07, 2014

PLS 339 offered this fall semester, Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:30-5:45 p.m.

PLS Students Present at Student Scholars Day 2014

PLS Students Present at Student Scholars Day 2014

May 07, 2014

Samuel Hannah, Marc Plooster, and Marissa Swartz participate in Student Scholars Day

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Events

Ladies Love Politics

Ladies Love Politics

October 20, 2014 6:30 PM

A Discussion on Women’s Involvement in the Political Arena The BSWSO would like to invite you to join us in discussing the experiences of our speakers in regards to their political involvement,...

People's Law School

People's Law School

October 22, 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

People's Law School will be hosted by Sinas Dramis law firm for the first time ever in Grand Rapids. People's Law School is a 5 week program consisting of 5 classes that will...

People's Law School

People's Law School

October 29, 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

People's Law School will be hosted by Sinas Dramis law firm for the first time ever in Grand Rapids. People's Law School is a 5 week program consisting of 5 classes that will...

Undergraduate Research Opportunity in Comparative Philanthropy

Undergraduate Research Opportunity in Comparative Philanthropy

November 1, 2014 All Day

Join Dr. Michelle Miller-Adams (Associate Professor, Political Science), recipient of GVSU’s Mawby Fellowship for 2014-15, in a project comparing the philanthropic cultures of Grand Rapids and...

People's Law School

People's Law School

November 5, 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

People's Law School will be hosted by Sinas Dramis law firm for the first time ever in Grand Rapids. People's Law School is a 5 week program consisting of 5 classes that will...

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