Political Science, BALAS

for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts & Sciences Major in Political Science


department website: https://www.pol.illinois.edu

department faculty: Political Science Faculty

advising: Political Science advising


overview of college admissions & requirements: Liberal Arts & Sciences

college website: https://las.illinois.edu/


email: pol@illinois.edu


Students must complete one concentration in consultation with an academic advisor.

5 Year BALAS /MA in Political Science and European Union Studies

The Department of Political Science, along with the European Union Center, offers a 5 year BALAS/MA in Political Science and European Union Studies.  In order to be admitted to this degree program, students apply through a joint application process to their BALAS –granting program and the European Union Center during their third year of studies. Requirements for this degree program are identical to those for the stand-alone BALAS and for the stand-alone MAEUS. Students will receive both degrees when the requirements are met for the degrees; BALAS and MA degrees will be conferred separately and independently. More detailed information may be obtained from department and EUC offices.


Departmental distinction

To be eligible for distinction, a student majoring in Political Science must complete one of the following two tracks:

  1. Individual Study Track. On this track, a student must:
    1. Complete a senior thesis,
    2. Earn a political science major grade point average on this campus of at least 3.25 or higher, and
    3. Earn a grade point average in of 3.67 or higher.
  2. Honors Program Track. On this track, a student must:
    1. Complete a senior thesis,
    2. Earn a political science major grade point average on this campus of at least 3.25 or higher,
    3. Be admitted to and maintain good standing within the departmental honors program, and
    4. Complete required coursework in the departmental honors program with a grade point average in and between 2.67 and 3.66.

Admission to the departmental honors program requires the following:

  1. Completion of or or an acceptable substitute,
  2. An on-campus political science major grade point average of 3.5,
  3. Completion of nine hours (including at least three advanced hours) of political science on this campus,
  4. Application and affirmative vote of a departmental committee.

High Distinction

To be eligible for high distinction, a student majoring in Political Science must:

  1. Complete a senior thesis,
  2. Earn a political science major grade point average on this campus of at least 3.25 or higher,
  3. Be admitted to and maintain good standing in the departmental honors program, and
  4. Complete required coursework in the departmental honors program with a grade point average in and of 3.67 or higher.