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

Civic Leadership Concentration

Email: pol@illinois.edu

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 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

Civic Leadership Concentration Requirements

PS 101Intro to US Gov & Pol3
Select one course from the following:1-3
Washington Experience
Topics in Civic Leadership
Select one course from the following:3
Intro Internship Seminar
Internship
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
Latina/Latino Politics
Asian American Politics
Principles of Public Policy
Law and Public Policy
Classical Political Theory
Modern Political Theory
Democratic Theory
Future Politics
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
Total Hours18