Political Science, Bachelor of Arts
College: College of Liberal Arts
Department: Society, Justice, and Politics
Student Type: Traditional Undergraduate
Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Campus: Both Lisle Campus and Mesa Campus
Requirements - Major
Students majoring in Political Science must complete at least 45 semester credit hours with a grade of “C” or better, including:
|PLSC 1102||American Government||3|
|PLSC 2105||Law and Politics||3|
|PLSC 2201||State and Local Government||3|
|PLSC 2210||Introduction to International Relations||3|
|PLSC 4299||Research Methods in Political Science||3|
|PLSC 4399||Thesis Research and Writing||3|
|Select six semester credit hours of Political Science electives at the 2000 level or higher 1||6|
|Select six semester credit hours of 3000+ Political Science electives 2||6|
|Select six semester credit hours of Political Science electives 3||6|
|Select six semester credit hours of Political Science or approved upper level coursework 4||6|
|ECON 2101||Principles of Macroeconomics||3|
Students in the Pre-Law Concentration should enroll in PLSC 2230 US Constitutional Law I/PLSC 3330 US Constitutional Law I and PLSC 2231 Constitutional Law II/PLSC 3331 Constitutional Law II
Students in the Pre-Law Concentration should enroll in an approved political theory/thought course; as also stated above, students in the Pre-Law Concentration should enroll in PLSC 2230 US Constitutional Law I/PLSC 3330 US Constitutional Law I and PLSC 2231 Constitutional Law II/PLSC 3331 Constitutional Law II
Students in the Pre-Law Concentration may substitute coursework from ACCT, HIST, MGT, PHIL, PSYC or SOCL as approved by the department
Students in the Pre-Law Concentration may substitute upper level coursework from ACCT, HIST, MGT, PHIL, PSYC or SOCL as approved by the department
In response to law school recommendations, the Pre-Law concentration does not require a specific course of study but focuses on a broad range of offerings out of six academic programs. The thrust is a broad liberal arts background, which makes the student aware of pressing social problems, knowledgeable about the American system of government and capable of reading critically and writing in a clear, concise manner.
Students in the Political Science program will achieve the following student learning outcomes (SLO):
Student Learning Outcome 1: Acquire and demonstrate analytical and critical reasoning skills.
• University SLO: 2. Critical and Creative Thinking Skills; 4. Information Fluency
Student Learning Outcome 2: Conduct independent research, including reviews of academic literature, primary and secondary data collection and analysis.
• University SLO: 1. Disciplinary Competence and Skills; 2. Critical and Creative Thinking Skills; 5. Analytical Skills; 9. Personal Development
Student Learning Outcome 3: Develop a proficiency in writing within the discipline and in a professional setting.
• University SLO: 1. Disciplinary Competence and Skills; 3. Communication Skills
Student Learning Outcome 4: Master substantive knowledge in the major areas of the field.
• University SLO: 1. Disciplinary Competence and Skills
Student Learning Outcome 5: Experience politics, government, and law through a variety of hands on forms including Model UN, Mock Trial, Model Illinois Government, Internships and Study Abroad.
• University SLO: 3. Communication Skills; 6. Global Awareness and Cultural Competence; 7. Civic Engagement and Social Responsibility