Political Science Major Requirements

Students with a major in political science will enjoy small classes with top-rated faculty on exciting and innovative topics. Beginning in Fall 2018 students will also have the opportunity to declare a concentration within the political science major.

There are additional materials available to assist with planning for both curricular options in the Resources page. Students are also encouraged to talk with their academic advisor about the many options available to them.

Any student beginning at Illinois in Fall 2018 and after will follow the new curriculum. 

To elect a particular curriculum in advance of completing a major plan of study, students should see an academic advisor. Students may declare a concentration after they have completed three political science courses:

  • PS 100: Introduction to Political Science
  • a required political science 100 or 200-level course within the sought-for concentration
  • any political science 100 or 200-level course outside the sought-for concentration.

Students may elect the general concentration after completing PS 100 and any two 100 or 200-level courses. 


Students who began at Illinois before Fall 2018 have the option to stay with the current curriculum or change to the new curriculum. We recommend students talk with an academic advisor to discuss the best option for them.