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American Politics Concentration Requirements

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
PSC 130
INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL THEORY
PSC 140
INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
PSC 150
INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS

Intermediate Courses: 20 quarter hours

Course Title Quarter Hours
Select three 200-level courses of the following:12
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 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
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
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
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

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.

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