Political Science, B.A.L.A.S.
Law and Power Concentration
The Law and Power concentration teaches students about how power, law, and ideas about justice shape political life. Courses cover questions concerning the procedures for social and legal change, the status of citizens in social and political institutions in society, and the ways that ideology and identity categories shape the pursuit of equality and justics.
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.
Law and Power Concentration Requirements
|PS 270||Intro to Political Theory||3|
|Select any level Political Science course, including these 2 courses which are part of the Law and Power Concentration list||3|
|Intro to Pol Research|
|Select any course (1) from either of the following lists (Law/Judicial Politics or Political Theory)||3|
|Select one (1) 300- or 400-level course from either of the following lists (Law/Judicial Politics or Political Theory)||3|
|Select one(1) 300-or 400- level course from the Law/Judicial Politics list:||3|
|Special Topics (as appropriate)|
|The US Constitution I|
|The US Constitution II|
|The US Supreme Court|
|Politics, Policy & Regulation|
|Law and Public Policy|
|Law and Representation|
|Select one (1) 300-or 400- level from the Political Theory list:||3|
|Ethics and Public Policy|
|Classical Political Theory|
|Modern Political Theory|
|American Political Theory|
|Topics Contemp Pol Theory|
|Topics Non-Western Pol Thought|
|Sex, Power and Politics|
|Junior Honors Seminar (as appropriate)|