Political Science, B.A.L.A.S.
Civic Leadership Concentration
The Civic Leadership concentration aims to provide students interested in careers in public life with an informed appreciation for American democracy, the values and structures on which it is based, and the challenges and opportunities it faces in the 21st century.
See the Political Science Distinction page for departmental distinction information.
Summary of Degree Requirements
Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours. Minimum required major and supporting course work equates to 50 hours including 30 hours of Political Science courses. The supporting coursework requirement may be met by a second major or minor.
Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement.
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.
See the Political Science Major page for additional requirements and departmental distinction information.
General Political Science 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 50-hour minimum required for the major.
Civic Leadership Concentration Requirements
|PS 101||Intro to US Gov & Pol||3|
|Select one course from the following:||1-3|
|Topics in Civic Leadership|
|Select one course from the following:||3|
|Intro Internship Seminar|
|Select nine hours of 300- or 400-level courses from the following:||9|
|US Racial & Ethnic Politics|
|Intro to Public Policy|
|Intro to Political Theory|
|Special Topics (as appropriate)|
|African American Politics|
|Asian American Politics|
|Principles of Public Policy|
|Law and Public Policy|
|Classical Political Theory|
|Modern Political Theory|
|American Political Theory|
|Topics Non-Western Pol Thought|
|Junior Honors Seminar (as appropriate)|
|To reach 33 hours of Political Science coursework, select up to two additional hours of any Political Science course at any level.||0-2|