Political Science: Citizen Politics, BALAS

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


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


Citizen politics is 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 BALAS 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 BALAS page for departmental distinction information.

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.

Restrictions: Except as otherwise noted, or by petition to the department, PS 191, PS 291, PS 292, PS 490, PS 491, and PS 492 are excluded from all concentration lists maintained by the department.  These courses may be used only for requirements of courses “at any level” without respect to concentration. As an exception, these courses may be used toward the General Concentration or the Civic Leadership Concentration.


Students may include in the major no more than nine hours from any combination of PS 291, PS 292, PS 490, PS 491, and PS 492. Of these, only six hours from PS 490, PS 491, and PS 492 within that group can count toward the major.

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.

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.

Citizen Politics Concentration Requirements

PS 100Intro to Political Science3
Select at least one course from the following:3
Intro to US Gov & Pol
Intro to Comp Politics
Comp Politics in Dev Nations
Select any additional 100- or 200-level Political Science Courses6
Select 300- or 400-level Political Science courses, at least nine hours of which comes from the Citizen Politics Concentration list (below). The other six hours may be any 300- or 400-level Political Science course.15
Select Political Science courses at any level, at least three hours of which comes from the Citizen Politics Concentration list. The other three hours may be any Political Science course.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
Total Hours45
Citizen Politics Course List
PS 101Intro to US Gov & Pol3
PS 201US Racial & Ethnic Politics3
PS 202Religion & Politics in the US3
PS 230Intro to Pol Research3
PS 231Strategic Models3
PS 240Intro to Comp Politics3
PS 241Comp Politics in Dev Nations3
PS 300Special Topics (as appropriate)3
PS 311Political Parties in the US3
PS 312Politics and the Media3
PS 314Political Psychology3
PS 315African American Politics3
PS 316Latina/Latino Politics3
PS 317Asian American Politics3
PS 318Interests Grps & Soc Movements3
PS 319Campaigns and Elections3
PS 320Public Opinion3
PS 323Law and Representation3
PS 328Introduction to Biology and Politics3
PS 329Immigration & Citizenship3
PS 330Intro to Political Behavior3
PS 331Intro to Electoral Behavior3
PS 357Ethnic Conflict3
PS 358Comparative Political Behavior3
PS 411Campaigning to Win3 or 4
PS 456Democracy and Identity3 or 4
PS 494Junior Honors Seminar (as appropriate)3