Political Science (PLS) courses
PLS 101 American Democracy and CitizenshipPrerequisite(s): Placement into ENG 110 or higher or ENG 100 with a grade of C or better.
Credit By Examination. 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 grade of B or higher must be earned in order for the student to receive an Honors designation.
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.
PLS 205 Comparative Government: Countries and Cultures
An introductory comparative study of the principles, techniques and policy issues of government in constitutional democracies and authoritarian regimes. The 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 Union. Honors eligible course. Additional course work will be required for students taking this as an Honors course. Students must earn a B or higher in order to receive the Honors designation. Students will not receive credit for both PLS 205 and IDS 297 Comparative Government: Countries & Cultures.
PLS 232 International Relations
Conflict and cooperation in the international 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. Honors eligible course. Additional course work will be required for students taking this as an Honors course. Students must earn a B or higher in order to receive the Honors designation. Students may not receive credit for both PLS 232 and IDS 297 international relations.