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Political Science is the study of the organization and behavior of people, groups, and institutions which make up our government and the larger political system. The program is designed to introduce students to questions, perspectives, and arguments about the political forces that shape their lives. As such, the program has value for Liberal Studies students as well as for those who may choose the discipline as a major field of study. Students find the substance and the methods of the discipline useful in the legal, business, civic, communications, governmental, and academic professions, as well as any endeavors that draw them into public service.
|Program Requirements||Quarter Hours|
|Liberal Studies Requirements||84|
|Total hours required||192|
Students will be able to:
- Define and discuss core concepts within the field of political science, including but not limited to: power, democracy, representation, authoritarianism, freedom and equality.
- Describe the key features of the American political system.
- Compare American institutions to other forms of government found in different countries and regions of the world.
- Analyze a given political issue from a multiplicity of perspectives.
- Identify, analyze, evaluate, and draw upon a variety of theoretical perspectives to explain particular political phenomenon.
- Collect, organize, and apply various forms of information to assess statements or hypotheses about political questions.
- Compose clear and well-organized explanations of political phenomenon and support these explanations with evidence.
- Explain and evaluate a sophisticated conception of justice.
- Identify and describe situations in which justice concerns arise, and take an informed position about the meaning or demands of justice.
- Recognize and describe the importance of values to political attitudes and behavior, and be able to identify and explain their own values.
- Articulate one's own normative assumptions about politics, society, and other peoples.
- Identify and explain:
- The key elements of the inter-state system.
- The nature of globalization.
- The dynamics of a particular country or region of the world.
College Core Requirements
Study in the Major Field
The student’s course of study in the College consists of three parts: Liberal Studies, the major field, and electives. Together these three parts contribute to the liberal education of the student which is the common purpose of all study in the College. By “liberal education” the College understands not only a deep and thorough knowledge of a particular area of study but a knowledge of the diverse areas of study represented by criticism, history, the arts, the behavioral and social sciences, philosophy, religious studies, the natural science, and mathematics.
The major field program generally is built upon a set of core courses and a specialized “concentration.” The number of courses required for a major varies by department. Most students go beyond the minimum requirements, electing additional courses which both broaden and deepen their understanding of their chosen discipline.
Because no academic major program is built in isolation, students are required to pursue a number of electives of the student’s choice. The inherent flexibility of this curriculum demands that the student consult an academic advisor at each stage in the total program and at least once prior to each registration.
Students will be prompted to visit the College Office for their official graduation check early in their senior year.
Declaration of Major, Minor and Concentration
All students in the College are required to declare a major field prior to beginning their junior year. The student will then be assigned a faculty advisor in the major field department or program and should make an appointment to see that advisor at his or her earliest convenience.
Students must declare or change majors, minors, and concentrations, via Campus Connection. However, for the purpose of exploring the possibility of changing a major field, the student should consult an academic advisor in the Office for Academic Advising Support.
The Modern Language Requirement (MLR)
All students will be required to demonstrate competence in a modern language (i.e., a language other than English) equivalent to the proficiency attained from one year of college-level language study. This Modern Language Requirement (MLR) may be demonstrated by:
- placing into 104 or above on the DePaul language placement exam
- completing the last course or earning AP/IB credit for the last course in the first-year college sequence of any language (e.g. 103 for DePaul language classes)
- completing a college course or earning AP/IB credit for a college course beyond the first-year level in any language (e.g. 104 or above for DePaul language classes)
- completing the final course of a four-year sequence of the same modern language in high school*
- completing a proctored exam by BYU and passing the exam (see the Department of Modern Languages website for registration details)
- completing a proctored Written Proficiency Test (WPT) by Language Testing International (LTI) and achieving a score of Beginner High or above (see the Department of Modern Languages website for registration details)
*Students are strongly encouraged to take the DePaul language placement exam even if they have met the MLR via study of a language in high school. This will ensure continuation of language study at the proper level.
Students who complete an Inter-College Transfer (ICT) to the College will abide by the MLR in place on the effective date of the ICT, regardless of when they first matriculated at DePaul.
Students who have met the MLR and wish to pursue further work in the language may elect the “Modern Language Option” (see below).
The Modern Language Option (MLO)
The Modern Language Option is available to all BA students who wish to study a modern language beyond the level required by their College, and to all other undergraduate students without a modern language requirement who wish to study a language at any level.
Students selecting the MLO may substitute a sequence of three courses in the same language for three domain courses.
The three MLO substitutions must be made in three different domains, and any substitutions must be consistent with the principle that students complete at least one course in each learning domain.
MLO substitutions may not be used to replace the Scientific Inquiry—Lab or Scientific Inquiry—Science as a Way of Knowing requirement.
Students majoring in one modern language may use the Modern Language Option for study of a second language at the Intermediate level or above.
NOTE: Please contact your college/school regarding additional information and restrictions about the Modern Language Option.
External Credit and Residency
A student who has been admitted to the College begins residency within the college as of the first day of classes of the term in which the student is registered. Students in residence, whether attending on a full-time or part-time basis, may not take courses away from DePaul University without the written permission of the college. Permission must be obtained in advance of registration to avoid loss of credit or residency in the college; see the LAS website for more information.
Liberal Studies Requirements
Honors program requirements can be found in the individual Colleges & Schools section of the University Catalog. Select the appropriate college or school, followed by Undergraduate Academics and scroll down.
|First Year Program||Hours|
|LSP 110 |
or LSP 111
|DISCOVER CHICAGO |
or EXPLORE CHICAGO
|LSP 112||FOCAL POINT SEMINAR||4|
|WRD 103||COMPOSITION AND RHETORIC I 1||4|
|WRD 104||COMPOSITION AND RHETORIC II 1||4|
|Quantitative Reasoning & Technological Literacy|
|LSP 120||QUANTITATIVE REASONING & TECHNOLOGICAL LITERACY I 2||4|
|LSP 121||QUANTITATIVE REASONING AND TECHNOLOGICAL LITERACY II 2||4|
|Multiculturalism in the US|
|LSP 200||SEMINAR ON MULTICULTURALISM IN THE UNITED STATES||4|
Students must earn a C- or better in this course.
Readiness for LSP 120 is determined by the math placement test taken online after admission. Students may need to take developmental coursework prior to LSP 120. The LSP 120 requirement may be waived by credit already earned for advanced math coursework or by passing a dedicated proficiency exam. Students who complete both LSP 120 and LSP 121 take one less Learning Domain course. Students may not apply the course reduction to any Domain where only one course is required, and if taken within the SI Domain, the reduction cannot be applied to the SI Lab or SWK requirement.
- 3 Courses Required
- 2 Courses Required
- 2 Courses Required
- 2 Courses Required
- 3 Courses Required
[1 SWK Course, 1 Lab Course, and 1 Additional Course]
- 1 Course Required
A student whose only major is Political Science is required to complete the Capstone offered by the Political Science Department. A student who is double majoring (or pursuing dual degrees) with the primary major (or primary degree) in Political Science may substitute the Capstone of the secondary major or degree. A Political Science major in the University Honors Program shall take only the University Honors Capstone, not both the Honors Capstone and the Political Science Capstone.
Courses offered in the student's primary major cannot be taken to fulfill LSP Domain requirements. If students double major, LSP Domain courses may double count for both LSP credit and the second major. Students who choose to take an experiential learning course offered by the major may count it either as a general elective or the Experiential Learning requirement.
In meeting learning domain requirements, no more than one course that is outside the student’s major and is cross-listed with a course within the student’s major, can be applied to count for LSP domain credit. This policy does not apply to those who are pursuing a double major or earning BFA or BM degrees.
Political Science majors must complete the requirements for one of the following four concentrations: Standard, American Politics, International Politics, or Law and Theory.
Open elective credits are required in order to meet the minimum graduation requirement of 192 hours. These courses are to be selected in consultation with the student's faculty adviser and may include courses in fields such as economics, history, English, sociology, etc. Students may choose to use their open electives as part of a minor or to complete a double major.
Course Listing by Category
|GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS|
|STATISTICS FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES|
|POLITICAL ANALYSIS AND RESEARCH|
|WRITING IN POLITICAL SCIENCE|
|POLITICS AND MULTICULTURALISM|
|AMERICAN POLITICAL CULTURE|
|WOMEN AND POLITICS|
|TOPICS IN POLITICAL CULTURE|
|POLITICAL CULTURE AND DEVELOPMENT|
|CREATING CHANGE: CONTEMPORARY GAY, LESBIAN, BISEXUAL & TRANSGENDERED POLITICS|
|INTERNET, TECHNOLOGY, AND POLITICS|
|RELIGION, NATIONALISM AND POLITICS|
|ADVANCED TOPICS IN POLITICAL CULTURE|
|THE AMERICAN POLITICAL SYSTEM|
|THE AMERICAN PRESIDENCY|
|CONGRESS AND THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS|
|POLITICAL PARTIES AND ELECTIONS|
|BUREAUCRACY AND POLITICS|
|TOPICS IN AMERICAN POLITICS|
|MASS MEDIA AND AMERICAN POLITICS|
|CHICAGO GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS|
|INEQUALITY IN AMERICAN SOCIETY|
|IDEOLOGY, ECONOMICS AND POLICY|
|ADVANCED TOPICS IN AMERICAN POLITICS|
|ADVANCED TOPICS IN PUBLIC POLICY|
|CLASSICAL POLITICAL THOUGHT|
|MODERN POLITICAL THOUGHT|
|LIBERALISM, CONSERVATISM, AND DEMOCRACY|
|POLITICAL IDEAS AND IDEOLOGIES|
|FREEDOM AND EMPOWERMENT|
|EQUALITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE|
|LEGITIMACY AND CRISIS|
|TOPICS IN POLITICAL THOUGHT|
|AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT|
|CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL THOUGHT|
|THEORIES OF THE CHURCH|
|AFRICAN-AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT|
|CHRISTIAN POLITICAL THOUGHT|
|POLITICS AND LITERATURE|
|ADVANCED TOPICS IN POLITICAL THOUGHT|
|INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS|
|AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY|
|LATIN AMERICAN-UNITED STATES RELATIONS|
|FOREIGN POLICIES OF WESTERN EUROPE|
|ASIAN FOREIGN POLICY|
|U.S. - AFRICA RELATIONS|
|TOPICS IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS|
|THE EUROPEAN UNION|
|POLITICAL ISLAM AND AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY|
|ARMS, SECURITY, AND WAR|
|ASIAN POLITICAL ECONOMY|
|WORLD POLITICAL ECONOMY|
|THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN WORLD POLITICS|
|THE UNITED NATIONS AND WORLD PROBLEMS|
|ETHICS IN WORLD POLITICS|
|ADVANCED TOPICS IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS|
|INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS|
|LATIN AMERICAN POLITICS|
|MIDDLE EAST POLITICS|
|REVOLUTION AND TERRORISM|
|COMPARATIVE DEMOCRACY AND DICTATORSHIP|
|POLITICAL REPRESENTATION IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE|
|ETHNIC CONFLICT IN THE THIRD WORLD|
|GLOBAL GENDER ISSUES|
|ADVANCED TOPICS IN COMPARATIVE POLITICS|
|LAW AND THE POLITICAL SYSTEM|
|FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS|
|RIGHTS OF DEFENDANTS|
|EQUAL PROTECTION OF THE LAWS|
|LAW AND POPULAR CULTURE|
|TOPICS IN PUBLIC LAW|
|THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM|
|WOMEN AND THE LAW|
|COMPARATIVE PROTECTION OF INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS|
|VOTING, REPRESENTATION, AND THE LAW|
|NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE U.S. CONSTITUTION|
|RIGHTS-BASED SOCIAL MOVEMENTS|
|ADVANCED TOPICS IN PUBLIC LAW|
|POLITICAL ACTION AND SOCIAL JUSTICE|
|MOCK TRIAL: CIVIL LAW|
|MOCK TRIAL: CRIMINAL LAW|
|CAMPAIGNS AND SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT|
|BIKING, POLITICS AND POLICY|
|GROUP INTERNSHIP SPECIAL TOPIC|
Concentrations, tracks and specializations provide focus to the major. In addition to any college core requirements, liberal studies requirements and major requirements, students are required to choose one of the following: