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

World Politics Concentration

Email: pol@illinois.edu

The World Politics concentration compares internal political dynamics of and patterns of political behavior in the world's more than 200 countries. Major comparative themes include democracy, dictatorship and regime change; political institutions (parties, elections, and decision-making); voting behavior, attitudes, and the creation and dissemination of political information; religious and ethnic identity politics; political economy of development and developing countries; social change and political violence; and the impact of globalization and transnational forces such as migration.

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

World Politics Concentration Coursework Requirements

Select at least one course from the following:3
Intro to Comp Politics
Comp Politics in Dev Nations
Select six (6) hours any additional Political Science courses at any level6
Select nine (9) hours of 300- or 400-level courses from the World Politics Concentration list:9
The New Middle East
IntroPolitics of Globalization
Intro to Pol Research
Strategic Models
Introduction to Modern Africa
Pan Africanism
Governing Globalization
Special Topics (as appropriate)
Political Violence
Politics in Intl Development
Gov & Pol in Africa
Gov & Pol of China
Gov & Pol of SE Asia
Gov & Pol of South Asia
Gov & Pol of Middle East
Gov & Pol in Western Europe
Gov & Pol Post-Soviet States
Gov & Pol of East Europe
Gov & Pol of Latin America
Comparative Political Economy
Ethnic Conflict
Comparative Political Behavior
Intl Rel & Domestic Politics
Politics of the European Union
Authoritarian Regimes
Democracy and Identity
Dem Gov in a Global Setting
Junior Honors Seminar (as appropriate)
Total Hours18