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 102 Introduction to American Public PolicyPrerequisite(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
PLS 255 Public Administration
American administrative organization and activities; centralization, decentralization, and relation between the administration and other branches of government.