Major Requirements - Political Science

These requirements will apply to students enrolling at AU in the 2017-2018 academic year. Current students can find the requirements that apply to them by consulting the relevant academic catalog.

Required Core Courses: 32 semester hours

  • ECN2030 Principles of Economics (4)
  • PSC1300 Introduction to U.S. Government (4)
  • PSC1140 Public Policy and the Bureaucracy (4)
  • PSC2140 Public Opinion and Political Participation (4)
  • PSC3280 State and Local Politics (4)
  • PSC3170 Analysis of Political Institutions (4)
  • PSC/SOC/CRJ3600 Methods of Social Scientific Research (4)
  • PSC4700 Capstone in Political Science (4) 

Elective Courses: 8 semester hours
Choose 8 semester hours from any of the following (4 semester hours must be at the 3000-level or above):

  • BUS3610 Business Law and Regulation (4)
  • COM3200 Persuasion (4)
  • COM3500 Intercultural Communication (4)
  • CRJ4200 Administration of Criminal Justice Agencies (4)
  • FIN3400 Principles of Finance (4)
  • FIN3480 Financial Markets and Institutions (4)
  • HIS3200 United States History Since the 1960s (4)
  • HIS3410/BIO3410 Global Environmental History (4)
  • HIS3450 Latin American History (4)
  • HIS3700 History of the Middle East (4)
  • HIS3750 History of East Asia (4)
  • LED3880 Leadership Principles and Practice (4)
  • PHL3150 Professional Ethics (4)
  • PHL3200 Business Ethics (4)
  • PSC1500 Introduction to International Relations (4)
  • PSC2130 Introduction to Comparative Politics (4)
  • PSC3250 Illinois History and Government (2)
  • PSC4410 Contemporary Issues in Political Science (4)
  • PSC4940 Internship in Political Science (2–4)
  • PSC4980 Independent Study (2–4)
  • PSC/CRJ3180 Constitutional Law and the Judicial System (4)
  • PSC/HIS3250 Illinois History and Government (2)
  • PSC/LTS3200 Contemporary Latin American Politics (4)
  • PSC/PHL4650 Classical Political Philosophy (4)
  • PSC/PHL4660 Modern Political Philosophy (4)
  • PSC/SCO/BIO3700 Politics of Global Health and Medicine (4)
  • PSC/SOC/CRJ3510 Human Rights and Responsibilities (4)
  • PSC/SOC3400 Social Problems and Public Policies (4)
  • PSC/SOC3610 European Politics (4)
  • SOC3480 Globalization and Social Change (4)
  • SWK3150 Social Welfare: Institutions and Policies (4)