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BA in Constitutional Democracy

Degree Program Description

The Kinder Institute and MU College of Arts and Science now offer a BA in Constitutional Democracy to University of Missouri undergraduates. Students who pursue a degree in Constitutional Democracy will focus in their common curriculum courses on the ideas and events that shaped the political institutions and culture of the U.S. during the revolutionary era and early republic. From here, students will use upper-level coursework in the major to begin to build expertise in one of four concentration areas: "U.S. & the World," "Politics & Policy," "Law & Institutions," or "Social & Political Thought."  The degree will provide a foundation for thoughtful citizenship, leadership, and civic engagement through careful examination of the complicated issues and questions with which the United States has reckoned and struggled, and through which it has endured, from its beginnings to the present day. 

Major Program Requirements

The BA in Constitutional Democracy requires 36 credit hours, 15 of which come through the major’s required common curriculum and 15 of which come through coursework in a specific concentration area.  Coursework in at least two departments must be represented in students' 15 concentration area credits, and a minimum of nine (9) credit hours of concentration area coursework must be at the 3000-level of above. The major also requires three (3) credit hours of experiential coursework and three (3) credit hours of thesis or capstone coursework.  A minimum of 18 credit hours will be taken at the 3000-level or above, and students must receive a grade of C- or higher in all coursework they are applying to the major.  All courses in the major must be taken at or through MU. Total credit hours for the program are 120.  In addition to the major requirements, students must complete college and University graduation requirements, including University general education requirements.

General Education54
ENGLSH 1000Writing and Rhetoric3
MATH 1100College Algebra3
or MATH 1050 Quantitative Reasoning
or STAT 1200 Introductory Statistical Reasoning
Foreign Language12-13
Behavioral Sciences5
Social Sciences9
Humanities/Fine Arts12
Biological, Physical, Mathematical Sciences9

*Note that this does not include the Math Reasoning Proficiency or Writing Intensive course requirements, since those can be fulfilled in the process of meeting other distribution requirements. 

Major Requirements36
I. Common Curriculum15
CNST_DEM 2100The Revolutionary Transformation of Early America3
or HIST 2100 The Revolutionary Transformation of America
or HIST 2100H The Revolutionary Transformation of America - Honors
or CNST_DEM 2100H The Revolutionary Transformation of Early America - Honors
CNST_DEM 2120The Young Republic3
or HIST 2120 The Young Republic
or HIST 2120H The Young Republic - Honors
or CNST_DEM 2120H The Young Republic - Honors
CNST_DEM 2450HThe Intellectual World of the American Founders - Honors3
or POL_SC 2450H The Intellectual World of the American Founders - Honors
or POL_SC 2450 The Intellectual World of the American Founders
or CNST_DEM 2450 The Intellectual World of the American Founders
CNST_DEM 2455HConstitutional Debates - Honors3
or POL_SC 2455H Constitutional Debates - Honors
or POL_SC 2455 Constitutional Debates
or CNST_DEM 2455 Constitutional Debates
CNST_DEM 4400History of American Law3
or HIST 4400 History of American Law
II. Concentration Area Coursework15
Concentration Area 1: U.S. & the World
Concentration Area 1 Electives
BL_STU 2904Black Studies in Slavery and Freedom3
or HIST 2904 Black Studies in Slavery and Freedom
BL_STU 3804Resistance in the Black Atlantic3
BL_STU 4904Historical and Contemporary Slavery3
or HIST 4904 Historical and Contemporary Slavery
HIST 2150The American Civil War: A Global History3
or CNST_DEM 2150 The American Civil War: A Global History
HIST 2570The First World War and its Aftermath3
HIST 2820Taiwan: The First Chinese Democracy3
HIST 3485The United States and the Middle East3
HIST 3545World War II3
HIST 3620Britain and the Sea3
HIST 3815Africa and the World: Studies in African Histories, Cultures and Politics3
HIST 3845Rights and Revolutions in Asia3
HIST 3860History of Mexico3
HIST 3870Social Revolution in Latin America3
or PEA_ST 3870 Social Revolution in Latin America
HIST 4070Indians and Europeans in Early America3
HIST 4075Global History in Oxford4
HIST 4260The Age of Ascendancy: U.S. Foreign Relations, 1945 - Present3
HIST 4620Modern England3
HIST 4650Revolutionary France, 1789-18153
HIST 4660Gender, War, and Migration: Europe, 1914 to the Present3
or WGST 4660 Gender, War, and Migration: Europe, 1914 to the Present
HIST 4680From the Rise of the Nazis to the Fall of the Wall: German History in the Twentieth Century3
HIST 4800Modern China and Japan: War, Imperialism and Memory3
HIST 4821Constitutionalism in the Americas3
or HIST 4821W Constitutionalism in the Americas - Writing Intensive
HIST 4880Chinese Migration: From Yellow Peril to Model Minority3
POL_SC 4400Theories of International Relations3
POL_SC 4420Politics of International Economic Relations3
POL_SC 4435Nationalism and Democracy3
POL_SC 4540American Foreign Policies3
or POL_SC 4540W American Foreign Policies - Writing Intensive
POL_SC 4700America's Wars in Asia/War and Peace in Asia3
POL_SC 4750Power and Money3
POL_SC 4780Dictatorship and Democracy3
Concentration Area 2: Politics & Policy
Concentration Area 2 Electives
BL_STU 4303Black Studies in Race, Class, Gender, and U.S. Policy3
CNST_DEM 2445American Constitutional Democracy3
or POL_SC 2445 American Constitutional Democracy
or HIST 2445 American Constitutional Democracy
HIST 2210Twentieth Century America3
HIST 2440History of Missouri3
HIST 3200Black Freedom Movement, 1955-19733
or BL_STU 3200 Black Freedom Movement, 1955-1973
HIST 3220U.S. Women's Political History, 1880-Present3
or WGST 3220 U.S. Women's Political History, 1880-Present
HIST 4235The Wire: Race, Urban Inequality, and the "Crisis" of the American City3
HIST 4260The Age of Ascendancy: U.S. Foreign Relations, 1945 - Present3
HIST 4270African-Americans in the Twentieth Century3
or BL_STU 4270 African-Americans in the Twentieth Century
HIST 4280America in the Reagan Years3
HIST 4430The Great West in American History3
HIST 4445American Political Economy from the Commerce Clause to the Great Recession3
POL_SC 2250Missouri Politics3
POL_SC 2500The Science of Politics3
POL_SC 4140Congress and Legislative Policy3
POL_SC 4320Public Policy3
POL_SC 4370Law, Policy, and Regulation3
POL_SC 4390United States Health Politics and Policy3
POL_SC 4420Politics of International Economic Relations3
POL_SC 4550Environmental Conflict3
POL_SC 4750Power and Money3
Concentration Area 3: Law & Institutions
Concentration Area 3 Electives
CNST_DEM 2445American Constitutional Democracy3
or HIST 2445 American Constitutional Democracy
or POL_SC 2445 American Constitutional Democracy
ECONOM 3367Law and Economics3
HIST 4821Constitutionalism in the Americas3
PHIL 4610Philosophy of Law3
POL_SC 2200The Judicial Process3
POL_SC 2410The Politics of International Law3
POL_SC 4140Congress and Legislative Policy3
POL_SC 4141The History of American Legislatures3
POL_SC 4150The American Presidency3
or POL_SC 4150W The American Presidency - Writing Intensive
POL_SC 4190Elections and Democracy in the United States3
POL_SC 4200The American Constitution3
or POL_SC 4200W The American Constitution - Writing Intensive
POL_SC 4210Constitutional Rights3
or POL_SC 4210W Constitutional Rights - Writing Intensive
POL_SC 4220The United States Supreme Court3
POL_SC 4370Law, Policy, and Regulation3
POL_SC 4380Politics of Criminal Justice3
POL_SC 4440International Organization3
WGST 3260 Gender, Law and Justice3
Concentration Area 4: Social & Political Thought
Concentration Area 4 Electives
AMS 4800Political Thought in Classical and Christian Antiquity3
or POL_SC 4800 Classical Political Theory
or CNST_DEM 4800 Political Thought in Classical and Christian Antiquity
CNST_DEM 2425Race and the American Story3
or BL_STU 2425 Race and the American Story
or POL_SC 2425 Race and the American Story
BL_STU 2804Black Political Thought3
ECONOM 4320History of Economic Thought3
HIST 3200Black Freedom Movement, 1955-19733
or BL_STU 3200 Black Freedom Movement, 1955-1973
HIST 3560The Scientific Revolution3
HIST 4580The "Making" of Modern Europe: Identity, Culture, Empire3
PHIL 4600Political and Social Philosophy3
PHIL 4610Philosophy of Law3
PHIL 4620Marxism3
POL_SC 2800Liberty, Justice and the Common Good3
or CNST_DEM 2800 Liberty, Justice and the Common Good
POL_SC 2860American Political Thought3
POL_SC 4435Nationalism and Democracy3
POL_SC 4810Modern Political Theory3
or CNST_DEM 4810 Modern Political Theory
POL_SC 4820Contemporary Political Theory3
POL_SC 4830Democracy in America (and Elsewhere)3
or CNST_DEM 4830 Democracy in America (and Elsewhere)

*Students can petition the B.A. Director to have up to three-credit hours of coursework not listed as an approved class for their particular concentration area count toward fulfilling that requirement. 

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III. Experiential Coursework3
CNST_DEM 4900Beltway History and Politics: American Constitutional Democracy in Theory and Practice3
or HIST 4900 Beltway History: American Constitutional Democracy in Theory and Practice
or POL_SC 4900 Beltway History and Politics: American Constitutional Democracy in Theory and Practice
CNST_DEM 4975Journal on Constitutional Democracy1-3
or HIST 4975 Journal on Constitutional Democracy
or POL_SC 4975 Journal on Constitutional Democracy
HIST 4075Global History in Oxford4
HIST 4910History in the Public: An Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Public History3
or HIST 4910W History in the Public An Introduction to the Theory & Practice of Public History - Writing Intensive
HIST 4940Internship in History **3
POL_SC 4840Developing Dynamics of Democracy3
or CNST_DEM 4840 Developing Dynamics of Democracy
POL_SC 4940Political Science Internship **3-6
SRV_LRN 3028Civic Leaders Internship **3-6

Note: a Course cannot be used to fulfill both an experiential and a concentration area requirement.
Any Experiential Course marked ** must be approved by the Constitutional Democracy degree's academic advisor in order for students' to receive major credit for it.

IV. Thesis/Capstone Requirement3
CNST_DEM 4996Thesis in Constitutional Democracy1-2
Or an additional three-credit hour, 4000-level or higher course in students' concentration area (by approval of BA Director)

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Semester Plan

Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester.  A student's actual plan will vary based on course choices where options are available.

First Year
ENGLSH 10003MATH 1050, 1100, or STAT 12003
Behavioral Science Course3Biological/Physical/Math Science Course with Lab5
Social Science Course3CNST_DEM Concentration Elective3
Humanities Course3CNST_DEM Common Curriculum Course3
CNST_DEM Common Curriculum Course3 
 15 14
Second Year
Foreign Language5Foreign Language5
Behavioral Science Course3Minor3
Humanities Course3Humanities Course3
CNST_DEM Common Curriculum Course3CNST_DEM Common Curriculum Course3
CNST_DEM Concentration Elective3 
 17 14
Third Year
Foreign Language3Biological/Physical/Math Science Course4
Social Science Course3Social Science Course3
Humanities Course3CNST_DEM Concentration Elective3
CNST_DEM Common Curriculum Course3CNST_DEM Experiential Requirement3
CNST_DEM Concentration Elective3Minor3
 15 16
Fourth Year
CNST_DEM Thesis2CNST_DEM Thesis1
CNST_DEM Concentration Elective3Minor3
Elective Course3Elective Course3
Elective Course3Elective Course3
 Elective Course3
 14 16
Total Credits: 121

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For general questions about the BA in Constitutional Democracy, contact:

Prof. Justin Dyer, Kinder Institute Director
(573) 882-3777

Dr. Thomas Kane
(573) 882-3330

Degree Audit

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree.  Degree Audits are not available for all programs; however, please consult with the appropriate college or school for audit information.

MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner.  Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, by clicking on the Request Degree Audit link. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.  This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to http://advising.missouri.edu/contact/.

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via https://www.transferology.com/index.htm. Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to http://registrar.missouri.edu/degree-audits/index.php.

Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Discovery Center by calling (573)884-9700 or through MU Connect Discovery Center service in you success network.

  • If you have decided on a major, visit an academic advisor in the School or College that you are interested in to discuss the process of declaring the major

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center.  No Appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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