BA in Constitutional Democracy

Begin Admitting Spring 2020.

Degree Program Description

The Kinder Institute and the College of Arts and Science have partnered to bring the 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 and early republic eras. 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 core credit hours, 15 of which come through the major’s required common curriculum and 15 of which come through upper-level coursework in a specific concentration area. The major also requires three (3) credit hours of experiential coursework and three (3) credit hours of thesis or capstone coursework. No less than 21 of the 36 credit hours will be taught by Kinder Institute faculty, and no more than 15 credit hours will come from coursework in other academic departments or programs.  A minimum of 18 credit hours will be taken at the 3000-level or above.  All courses in the major must be taken at or through MU.  All courses in the major must be taken at or through MU.  Total Credit hours for the program are 120 credit hours.  In addition to the major core requirements, students must complete college and University graduation requirements, including University general education requirements.

General Education54
ENGLSH 1000Exposition and Argumentation3
MATH 1100College Algebra3
or MATH 1050 Quantitative 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
CNST_DEM 2120HThe Young Republic - Honors3
or HIST 2120H The Young Republic - Honors
CNST_DEM 2450HThe Intellectual World of the American Founders - Honors3
or POL_SC 2450 The Intellectual World of the American Founders
CNST_DEM 2455HConstitutional Debates - Honors3
or POL_SC 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
Required Courses
HIST 2150The American Civil War: A Global History3
Concentration Area 1 Electives
BL_STU 2904Black Studies in Slavery and Freedom3
BL_STU 3804Resistance in the Black Atlantic3
HIST 2520From Waterloo to Sarajevo: European History, 1815-19143
HIST 2820Taiwan: The First Chinese Democracy3
HIST 3870Social Revolution in Latin America3
HIST 4620Modern England3
HIST 4650Revolutionary France, 1789-18153
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 4880Chinese Migration: From Yellow Peril to Model Minority3
POL_SC 4540American Foreign Policies3
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
Required Courses
HIST 2210Twentieth Century America3
Concentration Area 2 Electives
BL_STU 4303Race, Class, Gender and U.S. Social Policy3
HIST 2240Flight in America: From the Wright Brothers to the Space Age3
HIST 3200Black Freedom Movement, 1955-19733
HIST 3220U.S. Women's Political History, 1880-Present3
HIST 4235The Wire: Race, Urban Inequality, and the "Crisis" of the American City3
HIST 4270African-Americans in the Twentieth Century3
HIST 4280America in the Reagan Years3
HIST 4445American Political Economy from the Commerce Clause to the Great Recession3
POL_SC 2250Missouri Politics3
POL_SC 4140Congress and Legislative Policy3
POL_SC 4230Constitution and Civil Liberties3
POL_SC 4370The Administrative State, Public Policy and Constitutional Democracy3
POL_SC 4390United States Health Politics and Policy3
POL_SC 4750Power and Money3
Concentration Area 3: Law & Institutions
Required Courses
POL_SC 2445American Constitutional Democracy3
or POL_SC 2200 The Judicial Process
Concentration Area 3 Electives
HIST 4445American Political Economy from the Commerce Clause to the Great Recession3
PHIL 4610Philosophy of Law3
POL_SC 4140Congress and Legislative Policy3
POL_SC 4150The American Presidency3
POL_SC 4190Elections and Democracy in the United States3
POL_SC 4200The American Constitution3
POL_SC 4210Constitutional Rights3
POL_SC 4220The United States Supreme Court3
POL_SC 4370The Administrative State, Public Policy and Constitutional Democracy3
POL_SC 4440International Organization3
WGST 3260Themes in Gender, Law and Justice3
Concentration Area 4: Social & Political Thought
Required Courses
CNST_DEM 2425Race and the American Story1-3
or POL_SC 2800 Liberty, Justice and the Common Good
Concentration Area 4 Electives
AMS 4800Political Thought in Classical and Christian Antiquity3
BL_STU 2804Black Political Thought3
ECONOM 4320History of Economic Thought3
HIST 3560The Scientific Revolution: 1550-18003
HIST 4580The "Making" of Modern Europe: Identity, Culture, Empire3
PHIL 4600Political and Social Philosophy3
PHIL 4610Philosophy of Law3
PHIL 4620Marxism3
POL_SC 2860American Political Thought3
POL_SC 4810Modern Political Theory3
III. Experiential Coursework3
CNST_DEM 4900Beltway History and Politics: American Constitutional Democracy in Theory and Practice3
CNST_DEM 4975Journal on Constitutional Democracy1-3
HIST 4940Internship in History **3
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.
**All non-CNST_DEM designated experiential coursework must be approved by the degree's academic advisor prior to students' receiving major credit for it.

IV. Thesis/Capstone Requirement3
4000-Level Capstone Course in Students' Concentration Area

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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 11003
Behavioral Science Course3Biological/Physical/Math Science Course with Lab5
Social Science Course3CNST_DEM Concentration Requirement3
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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