American Politics Concentration, Political Science (BA)

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A concentration in American Politics focuses on American political institutions and behavior.

Course Requirements

​Core Courses: 8 quarter hours

Course Title Quarter Hours
PSC 120THE AMERICAN POLITICAL SYSTEM4
Plus one other 100-level offering: 4
INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL THEORY
INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS

Intermediate Courses: 20 quarter hours

Course Title Quarter Hours
Select three 200-level courses of the following:12
POLITICAL PSYCHOLOGY
POLITICAL SOCIALIZATION
POLITICS AND MULTICULTURALISM
AMERICAN POLITICAL CULTURE
WOMEN AND POLITICS
AFRICAN-AMERICAN POLITICS
TOPICS IN POLITICAL CULTURE
THE AMERICAN PRESIDENCY
CONGRESS AND THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS
POLITICAL PARTIES AND ELECTIONS
URBAN POLITICS
BUREAUCRACY AND POLITICS
STATE POLITICS
TOPICS IN AMERICAN POLITICS
Select two additional 200-level courses from the following areas:8
Political Thought (PSC 230 through PSC 239)
International Relations (PSC 240 through PSC 249)
Comparative Politics (PSC 250 through PSC 259)

Advanced Courses: 16 quarter hours

Course Title Quarter Hours
Select two 300-level courses from the following:8
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
MASS MEDIA AND AMERICAN POLITICS
URBAN POLICYMAKING
CHICAGO GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS
INEQUALITY IN AMERICAN SOCIETY
IDEOLOGY, ECONOMICS AND POLICY
PUBLIC OPINION
ADVANCED TOPICS IN AMERICAN POLITICS
ADVANCED TOPICS IN PUBLIC POLICY

Two Additional 300-Level Courses from the Following Areas

  • Methodology (PSC 300 through PSC 309)
  • Political Thought (PSC 330 through PSC 339)
  • International Relations (PSC 340 through PSC 349)
  • Comparative Politics (PSC 350 through PSC 359)
  • Public Law (PSC 360 through PSC 369)
  • Civic Engagement (PSC 380 through PSC 389)

PSC Electives: 12 quarter hours

  • Three additional PSC courses at the 200 or 300 level

Open Electives

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.