Political Science: Public Policy and Democratic Institutions, BALAS

for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts & Sciences Major in Political Science, Public Policy and Democratic Institutions 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


This concentration explores political institutions and processes and how and why they work as they do. Courses use historical and contemporary examples to understand the political system the founders established and the ways it has shaped modern politics. Students study institutions such as the presidency, Congress, courts, the bureaucracy,and political parties, with a focus on their organization and on important patterns of behavior within them, such as interest group lobbying and campaigning.

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, Public Policy and Democratic Institutions 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

 Public Policy and Democratic Institutions Concentration Requirements

PS 101Intro to US Gov & Pol3
Select six (6) hours any Political Science courses at any level6
Select nine (9) hours of 300- or 400-level courses from the Public Policy and Democratic Institutions Concentration list:9
Intro to Public Policy
PS 222
Politics of the National Parks
Environmental Politics & Policy
Intro to Pol Research
Strategic Models
Governing Globalization
Special Topics (as appropriate)
The US Constitution I
The US Constitution II
The US Congress
The US Presidency
The US Supreme Court
Judicial Politics
Separation of Powers
PS 308
State Gov in the US
Politics of Organizations
Political Parties in the US
Congress and Foreign Policy
Principles of Public Policy
Law and Public Policy
Law and Representation
Democratization
Comparative Political Economy
Intl Rel & Domestic Politics
Politics of the European Union
International Organization
Dem Gov in a Global Setting
Junior Honors Seminar (as appropriate)
Total Hours18