Civic Leadership Concentration

For the Degree of Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences

Major in Sciences and Letters Curriculum

Minimum required major and supporting course work equates to 50 hours including 30 hours of Political Science courses

General education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement.

Twelve hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the major 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 adviser.

Not more than 6 hours of individual study courses in political science (PS 490) or 6 hours for 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 50-hour minimum required for the major.

Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours

Required Core Courses
PS 101Intro to US Gov & Pol3
Select three of the following:9
Intro to Political Science 1
Foundations of Pol Sci
Intro to Public Policy
Intro to Pol Research
Strategic Models
Intro to Comp Politics
Intro to Political Theory
Intro to Intl Relations
Civic Leadership Concentration Requirements
Completion of the Civic Leadership Concentration must include either as major or supporting coursework one course in each of the following areas, chosen from a list maintained by the department:
1. An intermediate or advanced course in public policy (3 hours)
2. A course examining the construction and consequences of social identity relating to race, religion, ethnicity, or gender (3 hours)
3. A course exploring different perspectives on a just, ordered, and moral society (3 hours)
At least four political science courses at the advanced level 212
Supporting coursework is required and must be selected in consultation with the student’s adviser. Supporting courses should complement subfields in political science chosen by the student. At least 12 of these 20 hours must be in courses numbered 200 or above.20
At least two sections of PS 199 designated as pertaining to the Civic Leadership Program. A list of such sections is available in the Undergraduate Studies Office of the Department of Political Science. 32
PS 491Internship3
One additional course (1-3 credits) in political science at any level1-3
Total Hours50-52

Credit is not given for both PS 100 and PS 200.


Most advanced level courses will require as prerequisites the appropriate 200-level courses (or, in the case of American politics courses, PS 101) or the consent of the instructor. Students may count a maximum of six hours of credit in PS 300 and six hours of credit in PS 494 toward this requirement. Neither PS 495 nor PS 496 toward the 30 credits of PS required for the major.


PS 199 is a temporary designation. As these courses are developed and receive PS numbers, these new course numbers will take the place of PS 199.