Political Science, Bachelor of Science

Requirements

The major consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours in political science.

PSCI 1100INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT3
PSCI 2000INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL ANALYSIS3
PSCI 2210INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS3
PSCI 2310INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL THEORY3
PSCI 2500INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS3
PSCI 3000QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE3
PSCI 4950SENIOR CAPSTONE IN POLITICAL SCIENCE3
Electives
Remaining hours in political science shall be elected by students in accordance with their interests.15
Cognate Courses
Select a minimum of 15 credit hours of cognate course work in other disciplines (see below).15
Total Credits51

At least 18 hours of political science courses must be taken at the 3000 and 4000 levels.

Cognate Courses

A minimum of 15 credit hours of cognate course work in other disciplines must also be taken to support the student’s work in the major. This requirement is the same as that of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Recommended cognate courses are:
ANTH 1050INTRODUCTION TO ANTHROPOLOGY3
ANTH 3260WORLD CULTURES AND PEOPLES (AREA ETHNOGRAPHY)3
ANTH 4210CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY3
BLST 1220LAW IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY3
BLST/PSCI 3120THE BLACK EXPERIENCE IN AMERICAN POLITICS3
CRCJ 1010SURVEY OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE3
CRCJ 3310CRIMINAL LAW3
ECON 2200PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS (MICRO)3
ECON 3220ECONOMIC THEORY: MACRO3
ECON 4260HISTORY OF ECONOMIC THOUGHT3
GEOG 1020INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN GEOGRAPHY3
GEOG/ECON 3130ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY3
GEOG 3930POLITICAL GEOGRAPHY3
HIST 1110AMERICAN HISTORY TO 18653
HIST 1120AMERICAN HISTORY SINCE 18653
HIST 4330U.S. CONSTITUTIONAL HISTORY TO 18603
HIST 4340U.S. CONSTITUTIONAL HISTORY SINCE 18603
HIST 4350AMERICAN DIPLOMATIC HISTORY3
JMC 4410COMMUNICATION LAW AND POLICY3
JMC 4500MASS COMMUNICATION AND PUBLIC OPINION3
PHIL 1020CONTEMPORARY MORAL PROBLEMS3
PHIL 1210CRITICAL REASONING3
PHIL 3010PHILOSOPHY OF JUSTICE3
PHIL 3210SOCIAL PHILOSOPHY3
PSYC/SOC 3450SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY3
PA 2170INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION3
PA 4300SEMINAR IN PUBLIC POLICY3
RELI 1010INTRODUCTION TO WORLD RELIGIONS3
RELI 2200INTRODUCTION TO RELIGIOUS ETHICS3
RELI 2400RELIGION IN AMERICA3
SOC 1010INTRODUCTORY SOCIOLOGY3
SOC 3690SOCIAL STRATIFICATION3
SOC 4500LAW, THE FAMILY, AND PUBLIC POLICY3

Students should consult with departmental advisers and the department chair to determine which other courses are suitable for inclusion in the cognate. Students should be aware that some courses require pre-requisites. In addition, no more than six hours of courses at the 1000 level nor courses used to satisfy general education requirements will be credited as cognate course work.

Optional Concentrations

The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees are available with or without a concentration. If students choose, a concentration may be pursued in government affairs and civic engagement, foreign and national security affairs, law and the courts, political theory, or race, ethnicity and gender politics.

Concentration in Government Affairs and Civic Engagement

Select 12 credit hours from the following:12
INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC POLICY
INTRODUCTION TO LEADERSHIP
URBAN POLITICS
GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF NEBRASKA
STATE GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS
POLITICAL PARTIES
INTEREST GROUPS
CAMPAIGNS AND ELECTIONS
THE PRESIDENCY
CONGRESS AND THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS
THE JUDICIAL PROCESS
POLITICAL PSYCHOLOGY
PUBLIC OPINION AND POLLING
POLITICAL SCIENCE INTERNSHIP
Total Credits12

Concentration in Foreign and National Security Affairs

Select 12 credit hours from the following:12
INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
GENDER AND GLOBAL POLITICS
UNITED STATES FOREIGN POLICY
EUROPEAN POLITICS
GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF EAST CENTRAL EUROPE
GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF RUSSIA AND THE POST-SOVIET STATES
GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF CHINA AND EAST ASIA
GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF LATIN AMERICA
GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF THE MIDDLE EAST
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS OF EAST ASIA
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS OF THE MIDDLE EAST
INTERNATIONAL CONFLICT RESOLUTION
INTELLIGENCE AND NATIONAL SECURITY
INTERNATIONAL LAW
GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS OF LATIN AMERICA
INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT & SUSTAINABILITY
DEMOCRACY
GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF GREAT BRITAIN
POLITICS OF FRANCE
ISLAM AND POLITICS
Total Credits12

Concentration in Law and the Courts

Select 12 credit hours from the following:12
INTRODUCTION TO LAW
THE JUDICIAL PROCESS
CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: CIVIL RIGHTS
LAW AND THE COURTS: MOCK TRIAL
LAW AND THE COURTS: MOCK TRIAL PRACTICUM
CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: FOUNDATIONS
CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: THE FEDERAL SYSTEM
CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: CIVIL LIBERTIES
INTERNATIONAL LAW
POLITICAL SCIENCE INTERNSHIP
Total Credits12

Concentration in Race, Ethnicity and Gender Politics

Select 12 credit hours from the following:12
LGBT POLITICS
THE BLACK EXPERIENCE IN AMERICAN POLITICS
WOMEN AND POLITICS
LATINO/-A POLITICS
ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICANS AND THE NEW MINORITY POLITICS
GENDER AND GLOBAL POLITICS
Total Credits12

Concentration in Political Theory

Select 12 credit hours from the following:12
AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT
CLASSICAL POLITICAL THEORY
EARLY MODERN POLITICAL THEORY
LATE MODERN POLITICAL THEORY
CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL THEORY
Total Credits12