Political Science: Citizen Politics, BALAS

for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts & Sciences Major in Political Science, Citizen Politics Concentration


department page:

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

department faculty: Political Science Faculty


overview of college admissions & requirements: Liberal Arts & Sciences

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


email: pol@illinois.edu


The study of mass politics. Topics include how and why citizens form political attitudes, beliefs, and identities; how people engage in political decision-making; and what political behaviors individuals choose to participate in.

See the Political Science Distinction page for departmental distinction information.

for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts & Sciences Major in Political Science, Citizen Politics Concentration


See the Political Science Distinction page for departmental distinction information.

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


Minimum required major and supporting course work: Normally equates to 70 hours. Twelve hours of 300- and 400-level in the major must be taken on this campus.


Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours.


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

Citizen Politics Concentration Requirements

Select at least one course from the following:3
Intro to US Gov & Pol
Intro to Comp Politics
Comp Politics in Dev Nations
Select 3 hours of any level Political Science Course3
Select 12 hours from the following including 9 hours at the 300- or 400-level12
US Racial & Ethnic Politics
Religion & Politics in the US
Intro to Pol Research
Strategic Models
Special Topics (as appropriate)
Political Parties in the US
Politics and the Media
Political Psychology
African American Politics
Latina/Latino Politics
Asian American Politics
Interests Grps & Soc Movements
Campaigns and Elections
Public Opinion
Law and Representation
Introduction to Biology and Politics
Immigration & Citizenship
Intro to Political Behavior
Intro to Electoral Behavior
PS 339
Ethnic Conflict
Comparative Political Behavior
PS 410
Campaigning to Win
Democracy and Identity
Junior Honors Seminar (as appropriate)
Total Hours18