Political Science, B.A.L.A.S.
Public Policy and Democratic Institutions Concentration
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 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 45-hour minimum required for the major.
Public Policy and Democratic Institutions Concentration Requirements
|PS 101||Intro to US Gov & Pol||3|
|Select six (6) hours any Political Science courses at any level||6|
|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|
|Special Topics (as appropriate)|
|The US Constitution I|
|The US Constitution II|
|The US Congress|
|The US Presidency|
|The US Supreme Court|
|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|
|Dem Gov in a Global Setting|
|Junior Honors Seminar (as appropriate)|