Political Science: Law & Power, BALAS

for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts & Sciences Major in Political Science, Law and Power 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


The Law and Power concentration teaches students about how power, law, and ideas about justice shape political life. Courses cover questions concerning the procedures for social and legal change, the status of citizens in social and political institutions in society, and the ways that ideology and identity categories shape the pursuit of equality and justics.

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, Law and Power Concentration


See the Political Science Distinction page for departmental distinction information.

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.

Law and Power Concentration Requirements

PS 100Intro to Political Science3
PS 270Intro to Political Theory3
Select any additional 100- or 200-level Political Science courses6
Select 300- or 400-level Political Science courses, at least nine hours of which come from the Law and Power Concentration list (below), which must include at least one course from Law/Judicial Politics and one course from Political Theory. 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 Law and Power Concentration list maintained by the department. The other three hours may come from any Political Science course at any level.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
Law & Power Course List
PS 170Power, Politics, and Protest3
PS 230Intro to Pol Research3
PS 231Strategic Models3
Law/Judicial Politics
PS 300Special Topics (as appropriate)3
PS 301The US Constitution I3
PS 302The US Constitution II3
PS 305The US Supreme Court3
PS 306Judicial Politics3
PS 322Law and Public Policy3
PS 323Law and Representation3
PS 386International Law3
PS 494Junior Honors Seminar (as appropriate)3
Political Theory
PS 370Justice in the Law3
PS 371Classical Political Theory3
PS 372Modern Political Theory3
PS 373Democratic Theory3
PS 374Future Politics3
PS 375Feminist Political Theory3
PS 376American Political Theory3
PS 377Topics Contemp Pol Theory3
PS 413Sex, Power and Politics3 or 4
PS 494Junior Honors Seminar (as appropriate)3