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

Law and Power Concentration

Email: pol@illinois.edu

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 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

Law and Power Concentration Requirements

PS 270Intro to Political Theory3
Select any level Political Science course, including these 2 courses which are part of the Law and Power Concentration list3
Strategic Models
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
Judicial Politics
Politics, Policy & Regulation
Law and Public Policy
Law and Representation
International Law
Select one (1) 300-or 400- level from the Political Theory list:3
Ethics and Public Policy
Classical Political Theory
Modern Political Theory
Democratic Theory
Future Politics
American Political Theory
Topics Contemp Pol Theory
Topics Non-Western Pol Thought
Sex, Power and Politics
Junior Honors Seminar (as appropriate)
Total Hours18