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Major Requirements

Major Requirements

​Political Science majors must complete the requirements for one of the following four concentrations: Standard, American Politics, International Politics, or Law and Theory.

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.

Course Listing by Category

Methodology

Course Title Quarter Hours
PSC 201
GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS
PSC 205
STATISTICS FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
PSC 300
POLITICAL ANALYSIS AND RESEARCH
PSC 305
WRITING IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

Political Culture

Course Title Quarter Hours
PSC 211
POLITICAL PSYCHOLOGY
PSC 213
POLITICAL SOCIALIZATION
PSC 214
POLITICS AND MULTICULTURALISM
PSC 216
AMERICAN POLITICAL CULTURE
PSC 217
WOMEN AND POLITICS
PSC 218
AFRICAN-AMERICAN POLITICS
PSC 219
TOPICS IN POLITICAL CULTURE
PSC 310
POLITICAL CULTURE AND DEVELOPMENT
PSC 312
CREATING CHANGE: CONTEMPORARY GAY, LESBIAN, BISEXUAL & TRANSGENDERED POLITICS
PSC 315
INTERNET, TECHNOLOGY, AND POLITICS
PSC 316
RELIGION, NATIONALISM AND POLITICS
PSC 319
ADVANCED TOPICS IN POLITICAL CULTURE

American Politics

Course Title Quarter Hours
PSC 120
THE AMERICAN POLITICAL SYSTEM
PSC 220
THE AMERICAN PRESIDENCY
PSC 221
CONGRESS AND THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS
PSC 222
POLITICAL PARTIES AND ELECTIONS
PSC 223
URBAN POLITICS
PSC 224
BUREAUCRACY AND POLITICS
PSC 225
STATE POLITICS
PSC 229
TOPICS IN AMERICAN POLITICS
PSC 321
MASS MEDIA AND AMERICAN POLITICS
PSC 322
URBAN POLICYMAKING
PSC 323
CHICAGO GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS
PSC 324
INEQUALITY IN AMERICAN SOCIETY
PSC 326
IDEOLOGY, ECONOMICS AND POLICY
PSC 327
PUBLIC OPINION
PSC 328
ADVANCED TOPICS IN AMERICAN POLITICS
PSC 329
ADVANCED TOPICS IN PUBLIC POLICY

Political Thought

Course Title Quarter Hours
PSC 230
CLASSICAL POLITICAL THOUGHT
PSC 231
MODERN POLITICAL THOUGHT
PSC 232
LIBERALISM, CONSERVATISM, AND DEMOCRACY
PSC 233
POLITICAL IDEAS AND IDEOLOGIES
PSC 234
FREEDOM AND EMPOWERMENT
PSC 235
EQUALITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
PSC 236
LEGITIMACY AND CRISIS
PSC 239
TOPICS IN POLITICAL THOUGHT
PSC 330
AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT
PSC 331
CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL THOUGHT
PSC 333
MARXISM
PSC 335
THEORIES OF THE CHURCH
PSC 336
AFRICAN-AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT
PSC 337
CHRISTIAN POLITICAL THOUGHT
PSC 338
POLITICS AND LITERATURE
PSC 339
ADVANCED TOPICS IN POLITICAL THOUGHT

International Relations

Course Title Quarter Hours
PSC 140
INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
PSC 242
AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY
PSC 243
RUSSIAN-AMERICAN RELATIONS
PSC 244
LATIN AMERICAN-UNITED STATES RELATIONS
PSC 245
FOREIGN POLICIES OF WESTERN EUROPE
PSC 246
ASIAN FOREIGN POLICY
PSC 247
U.S. - AFRICA RELATIONS
PSC 249
TOPICS IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
PSC 340
THE EUROPEAN UNION
PSC 341
POLITICAL ISLAM AND AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY
PSC 342
ARMS, SECURITY, AND WAR
PSC 343
ASIAN POLITICAL ECONOMY
PSC 344
WORLD POLITICAL ECONOMY
PSC 345
THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN WORLD POLITICS
PSC 346
THE UNITED NATIONS AND WORLD PROBLEMS
PSC 347
ETHICS IN WORLD POLITICS
PSC 349
ADVANCED TOPICS IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Comparative Politics

Course Title Quarter Hours
PSC 150
INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS
PSC 250
EUROPEAN POLITICS
PSC 251
RUSSIAN POLITICS
PSC 252
LATIN AMERICAN POLITICS
PSC 253
ASIAN POLITICS
PSC 254
AFRICAN POLITICS
PSC 255
MIDDLE EAST POLITICS
PSC 259
COUNTRY STUDIES
PSC 350
JAPANESE POLITICS
PSC 351
REVOLUTION AND TERRORISM
PSC 352
CHINESE POLITICS
PSC 353
COMPARATIVE DEMOCRACY AND DICTATORSHIP
PSC 354
POLITICAL REPRESENTATION IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE
PSC 356
ETHNIC CONFLICT IN THE THIRD WORLD
PSC 358
GLOBAL GENDER ISSUES
PSC 359
ADVANCED TOPICS IN COMPARATIVE POLITICS

Public Law

Course Title Quarter Hours
PSC 260
LAW AND THE POLITICAL SYSTEM
PSC 261
FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS
PSC 262
RIGHTS OF DEFENDANTS
PSC 263
EQUAL PROTECTION OF THE LAWS
PSC 265
LAW AND POPULAR CULTURE
PSC 269
TOPICS IN PUBLIC LAW
PSC 361
INTERNATIONAL LAW
PSC 362
THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
PSC 363
WOMEN AND THE LAW
PSC 364
COMPARATIVE PROTECTION OF INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS
PSC 365
VOTING, REPRESENTATION, AND THE LAW
PSC 366
NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE U.S. CONSTITUTION
PSC 367
IMMIGRATION LAW
PSC 368
RIGHTS-BASED SOCIAL MOVEMENTS
PSC 369
ADVANCED TOPICS IN PUBLIC LAW

Experiential Politics

Course Title Quarter Hours
PSC 281
MODEL UN
PSC 282
POLITICAL ACTION AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
PSC 284
MOCK TRIAL: CIVIL LAW
PSC 285
MOCK TRIAL: CRIMINAL LAW
PSC 286
CAMPAIGNS AND SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT
PSC 288
BIKING, POLITICS AND POLICY
PSC 289
GROUP INTERNSHIP SPECIAL TOPIC

Advanced Study

Course Title Quarter Hours
PSC 299
SPECIAL TOPICS
PSC 390
CAPSTONE SEMINAR
PSC 392
INTERNSHIP
PSC 393
HONORS SEMINAR
PSC 394
SENIOR THESIS
PSC 395
TRAVEL/STUDY
PSC 399
INDEPENDENT STUDY

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