Undergraduate student


Versatile skills for limitless opportunities

A political science degree is one of the best degrees you can obtain, combining the analytical and communication skills of a liberal arts degree with an in-depth understanding of governments and political processes. Your political science degree prepares you for virtually any career path, from government to law, journalism to business.

But if you get your political science degree from UNL — a Big Ten University — you get even more advantages, such as:

  • Small Class Sizes — with an average class size of 25, students experience a close-knit learning environment while having access to the resources of a large research university.
  • Award-Winning Professors — our faculty regularly win both prestigious teaching awards as well as research awards.
  • Internships - working at the heart of Nebraska, in the State Capitol, gives students access to innumerable work, volunteer and networking opportunities.
  • UCARE — as a Big Ten University as well as a Research 1 school, our professors are working on groundbreaking research everyday, and involving our undergraduates through the UCARE program.
  • Education Abroad — undergraduates at UNL have access to hundreds of study abroad and intern abroad experiences every year, and the faculty will always work with you to make the experience as rewarding as possible.

Our majors also experience courses in different subfields of political science, all which contribute to their overall knowledge of complex political relations and institutions.

The Major Requirements

A major in Political Science requires 30 hours, including:
  • POLS 100 (Power and Politics in America) or POLS 100H (denoting honors)
  • One of the following from the political theory field of study: POLS 108, 380, 383, 384 or 38
  • POLS 160 (International Relations) or POLS 160H (denoting honors)
  • POLS 400 (the senior-level capstone course)
  • Six (6) hours from three of the following areas of study: American government, politics and law; foreign and comparative government; international relations; political theory; public administration and public policy; biology, psychology, and politics.
  • At least nine (9) hours at the 400 level

Students may not take courses in the major pass/no pass except POLS 395 (internship).

Majors in political science and related disciplines may also pursue a certificate in public policy analysis which includes work in a number of programs and disciplines and is particularly well suited for students interested in working for government or a specific policy field.

To declare a Political Science major, go to The College of Arts & Sciences Advising Center in 107 Oldfather Hall.

The Minor Requirements

A Plan A minor in political science requires 18 hours, including POLS 100 and one course at the 400 level.

Senior Check

If you have earned 85 or more credits, please make arrangements for a "senior check" with Linda Pence in 109 Canfield. The review insures that you have completed the necessary requirements to graduate.