Political Science, Bachelor of Science

To obtain a B.S. with a major in Political Science, a student must fulfill university, college, and departmental requirements. Hour requirements follow:

  • 46 hours of University General Education courses
  • 12-19 hours college breadth requirement
  • 51 hours of major courses
  • 1-11 hours of electives

TOTAL HOURS: 120

Requirements

The major consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours in political science.  At least 18 hours of political science courses must be taken at the 3000 and 4000 levels.

PSCI 1100INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT3
PSCI 2000INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL INQUIRY AND WRITING3
PSCI 2210INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS3
PSCI 2310INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL THOUGHT3
PSCI 2500INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS3
PSCI 3000QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE3
PSCI 4950SENIOR ASSESSMENT IN POLITICAL SCIENCE0
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.15
Total Credits48

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.

Students should consult with departmental advisers and the department chair to determine which 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 thought, 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 Thought

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