Political Science Courses

Political Science (PLS) courses

  • PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship

    Prerequisite(s): Placement into ENG 110 or higher or ENG 100 with a Grade of 'C' or better. CBE. Honors eligible course. All students enrolling for PLS 101 must be eligible for ENG 110 or higher. This course familiarizes students with the institutions and constitutional framework of the United States and Missouri. The course emphasis is on the values, rights and responsibilities that shape the public decision making of active and informed citizens and influence contemporary public affairs in a democratic society. Additional course work will be required for the students taking this as an Honors course and a 'B' grade or higher must be earned in order for the student to receive an Honors designation.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

  • PLS 102 Introduction to American Public Policy

    Prerequisite(s): PLS 102. Second course in American government, dealing with the process of policy formulation and with the historical development of specific public policies in such fields as economics, foreign affairs, health care, crime, education, business and labor and social welfare.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

  • PLS 103 Missouri Government and Politics

    Special course dealing with functions and organizations of Missouri state and local government. Students may be assigned selected projects on Missouri politics.

    Credit hours:
    1
    Lecture contact hours:
    1
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

  • PLS 169 Introduction to Political Science

    An introduction to the contemporary concerns and historical development of political science as a social science and as a mode of critical thinking about politics and society. Emphasis is upon acquainting students with the scope of intellectual inquiry and the specialized subfields of study of modern political science rather than with the particular characteristics of American Government and politics.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

  • PLS 197 Topics in Political Science

    A variable credit lecture/discussion and/or lab course. Content varies with topics identified by title in the course schedule. The course may be repeated if the topics differ; however, no more than 6 credits may count as elective credit toward any degree. Check with the appropriate department head to see if credit for this course will count toward the major or minor.

    Credit hours:
    1-3
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Upon demand

  • PLS 205 Countries and Cultures: Comparative Government

    An introductory comparative study of the principles, techniques and policy issues of government in constitutional democracies and authoritarian regimes. The course focuses on selected West European (Britain, France, Germany) and non-West European ( Japan, Mexico, Russia, Nigeria and Iran) countries and the evolution of the European Community. Students will not receive credit for both PLS 205 and IDS 297 Introduction to Comparative Government: Topics in Globalization.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall

  • PLS 232 International Relations

    Conflict and cooperation in the national state system. Theories on international organization, power politics, international integration/disintegration, nationalism, terrorism, trade and war. Problems of developing areas such as the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Latin America. International/ Intercultural Component.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Spring

  • PLS 251 Foundations of Public Law

    An introduction to the study of U.S. public law. Covers major concepts of law, legal reasoning and the legal process; provides a comparative and historical perspective on the U.S. Constitution and public law. Highlights the basic issues of law, administration, enforcement and social policy. Has an international/global component. Capstone course for the Law Enforcement AAS degree. A student will not receive credit for both PLS 251 and LWE 297.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Spring (odd-numbered years)

  • PLS 255 Public Administration

    American administrative organization and activities; centralization, decentralization and relation between the administration and other branches of government.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand