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

Public Policy and Democratic Institutions Concentration

Email: pol@illinois.edu

This concentration explores political institutions and processes and how and why they work as they do. Courses use historical and contemporary examples to understand the political system the founders established and the ways it has shaped modern politics. Students study institutions such as the presidency, Congress, courts, the bureaucracy,and political parties, with a focus on their organization and on important patterns of behavior within them, such as interest group lobbying and campaigning.

See the Political Science Distinction page for departmental distinction information.

Summary of Degree Requirements

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

Twelve hours of 300- and  400- level Political Science courses 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 advisor. The plan will consist of the selection of a concentration and 12 hours of supporting coursework approved by an advisor. Minimum required major and supporting course work equates to 45 hours of Political Science courses.

Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours.

See the Political Science Major page for additional requirements and departmental distinction information.

Political Science Core 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

 Public Policy and Democratic Institutions Concentration Requirements

PS 101Intro to US Gov & Pol3
Select six (6) hours any Political Science courses at any level6
Select nine (9) hours of 300- or 400-level courses from the Public Policy and Democratic Institutions Concentration list:9
Intro to Public Policy
Ethics and Public Policy
Politics of the National Parks
Environmental Politics & Policy
Intro to Pol Research
Strategic Models
Governing Globalization
Special Topics (as appropriate)
The US Constitution I
The US Constitution II
The US Congress
The US Presidency
The US Supreme Court
Judicial Politics
Separation of Powers
Politics, Policy & Regulation
State Gov in the US
Politics of Organizations
Political Parties in the US
Congress and Foreign Policy
Principles of Public Policy
Law and Public Policy
Law and Representation
Comparative Political Economy
Intl Rel & Domestic Politics
Politics of the European Union
International Organization
Dem Gov in a Global Setting
Junior Honors Seminar (as appropriate)
Total Hours18