Political Science, B.A.L.A.S.
Citizen Politics Concentration
The study of mass politics. Topics include how and why citizens form political attitudes, beliefs, and identities; how people engage in political decision-making; and what political behaviors individuals choose to participate in.
See the Political Science Distinction page for departmental distinction information.
Summary of Degree Requirements
Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement.
Twelve hours of 300- and 400- level Political Science courses must be taken on this campus.
A Major Plan of Study Form must be completed and submitted to the LAS Student Affairs Office before the end of the fifth semester (60-75 hours). Please see your advisor. The plan will consist of the selection of a concentration and 12 hours of supporting coursework approved by an advisor. Minimum required major and supporting course work equates to 45 hours of Political Science courses.
Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours.
See the Political Science Major page for additional requirements and departmental distinction information.
Political Science Core Coursework
|PS 100||Intro to Political Science||3|
|Select 6 hours from any additional 100- or 200-level Political Science courses||6|
|Select 6 hours from any 300- or 400-level Political Science courses 1||6|
|Students will select a second major, or a minor, or a set of courses of at least 12 hours of thematically-related coursework outside political science, developed in conjunction with an academic advisor.||12|
Students may count a maximum of six (6) hours of credit of any combination of hours from PS 494 toward the advanced hours requirement. Not more than 6 hours of individual study courses in political science (PS 490) or 6 hours of internships (PS 491) or 6 hours of supervised research (PS 492) may be included in the major; a student with any mix of independent study hours and internship hours and supervised research hours may include a maximum of 9 hours of such credit in the major. (PS 496) is reserved for those seniors doing honors theses for distinction in political science and may not be counted in the 45-hour minimum required for the major.
Citizen Politics Concentration Requirements
|Select at least one course from the following:||3|
|Intro to US Gov & Pol|
|Intro to Comp Politics|
|Comp Politics in Dev Nations|
|Select 3 hours of any level Political Science Course||3|
|Select 12 hours from the following including 9 hours at the 300- or 400-level||12|
|US Racial & Ethnic Politics|
|Religion & Politics in the US|
|Intro to Pol Research|
|Special Topics (as appropriate)|
|Political Parties in the US|
|Politics and the Media|
|African American Politics|
|Asian American Politics|
|Interests Grps & Soc Movements|
|Campaigns and Elections|
|Law and Representation|
|Introduction to Biology and Politics|
|Immigration & Citizenship|
|Intro to Political Behavior|
|Intro to Electoral Behavior|
|Comparative Political Behavior|
|Neighborhoods and Politics|
|Campaigning to Win|
|Democracy and Identity|
|Junior Honors Seminar (as appropriate)|