Undergraduate Political Science

Political Science

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When you major in political science at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, you’ll study the different subfields of political science to gain an in-depth understanding of governments and political processes. Strengthen your analytical skills while expanding your understanding of political relations and institutions and developing leadership skills, such as strategic thinking, clear communication, goal setting and problem solving.
  • College

  • Hours Required

    120 credit hours
  • Minors Available

    Political Science, National Security Studies, Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs 

  • Areas of Focus

    Biology, Psychology, and Politics, Government and Public Policy, Human Rights and Security, International Relations

The Nebraska Difference


Discover what moves you with a diverse blend of academic disciplines.


Flexibility and Choice

Customize your degree with course choices. Add a minor or second major.


Hands-On Experience

Build knowledge, skills and experience in and out of the classroom.


Limitless Career Paths

Connect your major, interests and goals to any field.

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Program Features

Focus and Range 

Dive deep into your political science major while taking a wide variety of courses across all areas in the College of Arts and Sciences. Graduate academically well-rounded and eager to keep learning. Use your collaboration and communication skills to address complex problems and make a positive impact professionally and personally.  

1-to-1 Academic Advising and Career Coaching 

Along with your faculty, professional academic advisors and career coaches will help you make a one-of-a-kind degree plan. We are focused on your success, while at Nebraska and after graduation, whether your goal is employment or graduate/professional school. 

National Security Studies 

Political science is home to a unique minor in national security studies, where students engage in learning in and out of the classroom that makes them competitive for opportunities in the federal government within the intelligence community. 

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Notable Courses

Bureaucracy and the American Political System (POLS 210)

Survey of the administrative arm of American national, state and local government. Bureaucratic power, structure and democratic control.

Genetics, Brains, and Politics (POLS 250)

Role of genes, neural activity and physiology in shaping human behavior, especially political behavior.

Causes of War and Peace (POLS 263)

Leading theories on war and peace, highlighting the causes and consequences of WWI, WWII, the Korean War, Vietnam and the Gulf War.

Political Persuasion and Advocacy Strategy (POLS 320)

Sources of political attitudes and preferences, and how to change them. Agenda-setting and recognizing opportunities for policy change.

Women and Politics (POLS 338)

Women as political actors. Participation in political life, barriers to participation, political attitudes and issues of particular concern to women of color.

International Human Rights (POLS 470)

Development of international norms on human rights and attempts to implement those standards. Emphasis on political process, with attention to law, philosophy, economics, and culture.

Huskers Do Big Things


  • Intern, Great Plains National Security Education Consortium
  • Country assistance coordinator intern, United States Department of State
  • Community development intern, Nebraska Department of Economic Development
  • CommerceConnect intern, United States Department of Commerce
  • School of Government internship, Sun Yat-Sen University


  • Campaign organizer, Impact Organization/Environment New Mexico
  • Compliance officer, Tagge Rutherford Financial Group
  • Legal assistant, Learner and Rowe Attorneys
  • Policy assistant, Center for Rural Affairs
  • Staff assistant, United States Congress

Graduate Schools

  • Master’s degree, International Affairs, Texas A&M University
  • Master’s degree, International Security, University of Denver
  • Master’s degree, War Studies, King's College London
  • Juris Doctor degree, University of Nebraska College of Law
  • Ph. D., Economic Analysis and Policy, Stanford University

Outside the Classroom

Depending on your major, interests and goals, you can choose to do research, work as an intern, study abroad, become a leader or serve your community. The university’s Experiential Learning requirement ensures you have at least one of these transformative learning experiences; students in the College of Arts and Sciences typically complete at least two.


Academics & Experiential Learning

  • Our motto is Academics + Experience = Opportunities. Employers and graduate/professional schools are looking for students who have a strong academic background and hands-on experience.
  • Political science majors regularly engage in research or internships, and many study abroad or get involved in service or leadership on campus and beyond.

Career Preparedness

  • POLS 101: Academic and Career Planning for Political Science. Meet other students and learn about the academic and professional pathways available to political science majors.
  • CASC 200: Career Development in Arts and Sciences. Explore your interests, abilities and values while identifying career options and preparing to apply for internships, jobs or graduate/professional school.


  • Serve as a page in the Nebraska State Legislature for a first-hand view of the political process and valuable networking opportunities.
  • Join any number of political, policy and issue-oriented student organizations, or become a member of the Association of Students of the University of Nebraska (ASUN).

Have Questions? We're Here to Help

If you have questions about the Political Science major or navigating the application process, contact us.

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Contact Name
Nicholas Gordon
Contact Title
Director of Recruitment