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 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


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 BALAS 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.

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.

 Public Policy and Democratic Institutions Concentration Requirements

PS 100Intro to Political Science3
PS 101Intro to US Gov & Pol3
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 Public Policy and Democratic Institutions Concentration list maintained by the department. The other six hours may be any 300- or 400-level Political Science course.15
Select any Political Science courses at any level6
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
Public Policy Course List
PS 220Intro to Public Policy3
PS 224Politics of the National Parks2 or 3
PS 225Environmental Politics & Policy3
PS 230Intro to Pol Research3
PS 231Strategic Models3
PS 282Governing Globalization3
PS 300Special Topics (as appropriate)3
PS 301The US Constitution I3
PS 302The US Constitution II3
PS 303The US Congress3
PS 304The US Presidency3
PS 305The US Supreme Court3
PS 306Judicial Politics3
PS 307Separation of Powers3
PS 309State Gov in the US3
PS 310Politics of Organizations3
PS 311Political Parties in the US3
PS 313Congress and Foreign Policy3
PS 321Principles of Public Policy3
PS 322Law and Public Policy3
PS 323Law and Representation3
PS 355Democratization3
PS 356Comparative Political Economy3
PS 379Intl Rel & Domestic Politics3
PS 385Politics of the European Union3
PS 395International Organization3
PS 457Dem Gov in a Global Setting3 or 4
PS 494Junior Honors Seminar (as appropriate)3