Government Certificate

Department of Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences

Vision Statement

UNO's Department of Political Science is offering an 18 credit hour Graduate Certificate in Government for educators and other professionals who already have an advanced degree in another field and wish to expand their knowledge in political science.  This certificate is designed to help educators meet the new requirements set by the Higher Learning Commission to teach government related courses in institutions of higher education or dual enrollment/concurrent enrollment courses in high schools.  This certificate can be earned completely online.

Program Contact Information

Kristin Broyhill, Academic Program Coordinator (APC)
Arts & Sciences Hall (ASH) 275
402-554-2624
kbroyhill@unomaha.edu

Dr. Gregory Petrow, Graduate Program Chair (GPC)
Arts & Sciences Hall (ASH) 275
402-554-2624
gpetrow@unomaha.edu

Program Website

Admissions

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: June 15
  • Spring: October 15
  • Summer: March 15

Program Specific Requirements

For students applying to, or who are currently a student in good standing in UNO's PSCI Program:

  • Apply online through the UNO application system
  • 3.0 GPA (most recent GPA)

For students applying for this certificate as a stand-alone program:

  • Bachelor's degree and/or Master's degree related to American government.
  • 3.0 GPA (most recent GPA)
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation from a former professor, supervisor, or individual that can speak to one's academic potential in a graduate program
  • Official transcripts from all institutions previously attended
  • Professional resume
  • Applicants whom English is not the language of nurture should have a score of 80, internet-based TOEFL, with no sub-score under 15. The IELTS and PTE English proficiency tests are also accepted. Those scores must translate to the minimum internet-based TOEFL equivalent to be considered for admission. Passing with a minimum score does not guarantee admission into the program

Degree Requirements

Students must take a minimum of 2 PSCI seminars and a maximum of 4 PSCI electives.  We highly suggest students taking PSCI 8040 and PSCI 8500 if they are dual enrollment/concurrent enrollment educators. 

Required Courses6
PSCI 8040SEMINAR IN AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS3
PSCI 8120SEMINAR IN LEADERSHIP3
PSCI 8150SEMINAR IN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW3
PSCI 8200SEMINAR IN FOREIGN POLICY AND NATIONAL SECURITY3
PSCI 8250SEMINAR IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS3
PSCI 8300SEMINAR IN POLITICAL THEORY3
PSCI 8500SEMINAR IN COMPARATIVE POLITICS3
Elective Courses12
PSCI 8015URBAN POLITICS3
PSCI 8036THE PRESIDENCY3
PSCI 8045GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF NEBRASKA3
PSCI 8046CONGRESS AND THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS3
PSCI 8055STATE GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS3
PSCI 8056THE JUDICIAL PROCESS3
PSCI 8100SEMINAR IN POLITICAL ECONOMY3
PSCI 8105LGBT POLITICS3
PSCI 8116POLITICAL PSYCHOLOGY3
PSCI 8126PUBLIC OPINION AND POLLING3
PSCI 8135WOMEN AND POLITICS3
PSCI 8145LATINO/-A POLITICS3
PSCI 8146CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: CIVIL RIGHTS3
PSCI 8165POLITICAL PARTIES3
PSCI 8175INTEREST GROUPS3
PSCI 8176CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: FOUNDATIONS3
PSCI 8185CAMPAIGNS AND ELECTIONS3
PSCI 8186CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: THE FEDERAL SYSTEM3
PSCI 8196CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: CIVIL LIBERTIES3
PSCI 8206INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS OF EAST ASIA3
PSCI 8216INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS OF THE MIDDLE EAST3
PSCI 8225INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS3
PSCI 8235GENDER AND GLOBAL POLITICS3
PSCI 8245THE POLITICS AND PRACTICE OF HUMAN RIGHTS3
PSCI 8246INTERNATIONAL CONFLICT RESOLUTION3
PSCI 8255GLOBAL SECURITY ISSUES3
PSCI 8256INTELLIGENCE AND NATIONAL SECURITY3
PSCI 8266INTERNATIONAL LAW3
PSCI 8276GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS3
PSCI 8286INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS OF LATIN AMERICA3
PSCI 8296INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT & SUSTAINABILITY3
PSCI 8316CLASSICAL POLITICAL THEORY3
PSCI 8326EARLY MODERN POLITICAL THEORY3
PSCI 8336LATE MODERN POLITICAL THEORY3
PSCI 8345AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT3
PSCI 8346CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL THEORY3
PSCI 8356DEMOCRACY3
PSCI 8505EUROPEAN POLITICS3
PSCI 8506GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF GREAT BRITAIN3
PSCI 8526POLITICS OF FRANCE3
PSCI 8585GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF RUSSIA AND THE POST-SOVIET STATES3
PSCI 8626ISLAM AND POLITICS3
PSCI 8645GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF CHINA AND EAST ASIA3
PSCI 8685GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF LATIN AMERICA3
PSCI 8705GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF THE MIDDLE EAST3
PSCI 8826POLITICS AND FILM3
Total Credits18
Students must earn a 3.0 GPA or above in these courses to graduate with this certificate.
If a student was an undergraduate student at UNO, he/she cannot take any cross-listed courses he/she took as an undergraduate student.