Political Science, B.A.L.A.S.

Citizen Politics Concentration

email: pol@illinois.edu

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 100Intro to Political Science3
Select 6 hours from any additional 100- or 200-level Political Science courses6
Select 6 hours from any 300- or 400-level Political Science courses 16
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
Total Hours27

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 Course3
Select 12 hours from the following including 9 hours at the 300- or 400-level12
US Racial & Ethnic Politics
Religion & Politics in the US
Intro to Pol Research
Strategic Models
Special Topics (as appropriate)
Political Parties in the US
Politics and the Media
Political Psychology
African American Politics
Latina/Latino Politics
Asian American Politics
Interests Grps & Soc Movements
Campaigns and Elections
Public Opinion
Law and Representation
Introduction to Biology and Politics
Immigration & Citizenship
Intro to Political Behavior
Intro to Electoral Behavior
Political Violence
Ethnic Conflict
Comparative Political Behavior
Neighborhoods and Politics
Campaigning to Win
Democracy and Identity
Junior Honors Seminar (as appropriate)
Total Hours18