Government, Graduate Certificate
Graduate Certificate in Government
Admissions and Requirements
Courses You’ll Take
Tuition & Fees
The online Government, graduate certificate program is designed 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 offered 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.
The graduate certificate helps educators meet the requirements to teach:
- Advanced Placement (AP) courses
- Dual Enrollment (DE) courses
- Concurrent Enrollment (CE) courses
Admissions and Requirements
To be accepted to this program, you must have:
A Bachelor's degree
Coursework related to government.
3 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
9 credit hours in political science-related courses is preferred. The selection committee looks for previous coursework and/or professional experience in American government, political theory, international relations, comparative politics, and social science (quantitative) methodology. Students without the noted background may be admitted on a provisional basis and be required to take prerequisite courses before starting graduate work. Students must earn a grade of B or above in each of these courses.
Taken the TOEFL or IELTS
(Only required if English is not your native language)
A written personal statement
Personal statement (1-2 pages) explaining why the applicant is seeking admission into this program, how his/her academic/professional experiences will contribute to his/her success in this program, and how this program will contribute to his/her future academic/professional ambitions.
2 letters of recommendation
Two letters (2) Letters of recommendation from a former professor (preferred), supervisor, or individual that can speak to one's academic potential in a graduate program. If students have recently graduated from UNO, it is expected that one of the letters will be from a UNO political science faculty member. It is preferred that students use their references' institutional (.edu) or professional email.
Official transcripts from all previous schools
Applicants are required to have a command of oral and written English. Those who do not hold a baccalaureate or other advanced degree from the U.S., OR a baccalaureate or other advanced degree from a predetermined country on the waiver list, must meet the minimum language proficiency score requirement in order to be considered for admission. A minimum score of 80 on the 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.
To apply to this program:
- Complete and submit the online application for admission.
- Pay the $25 non-refundable application fee.
Courses You’ll Take
Students must take a minimum of two PSCI seminars and four PSCI electives.
|Course Number||Course Name||Credits|
|PSCI 8500||Seminar in Comparative Politics||3|
This course introduces students to classic and contemporary scholarship on the issues, theories, and methodological approaches associated with the systematic and comparative study of nation-states and their political systems with an emphasis on engaging in thoughtful discussion and individual research. Prerequisite: Permission of graduate adviser
|PSCI 8300||Seminar in Political Theory||3|
Analysis of selected topics in normative, empirical and ideological political theory and their impact upon practitioners of politics. Prereq: Six hours of political theory or permission of graduate adviser.
|PSCI 8040||Seminar in American Government and Politics||3|
A thorough analysis of selected aspects of the structure and function of the American political system with emphasis on individual research by the student. Prereq: Permission of graduate adviser.
|PSCI 8250||Seminar in International Relations (PSCI 8250)||3|
This course introduces students to classic and contemporary scholarship on the issues, theories, and methodological approaches associated with the study of the nation-state system, international law, international organizations, international security, and globalization.
|Course Number||Course Name||Credits|
|PSCI 8556||Political Violence, Insurgency and Terrorism||3|
Information to come at later date.
|PSCI 8286||International Relations of Latin America||3|
Analysis of the role of Latin American states in the international political arena. Emphasis upon developing, applying and testing an explanatory theory of international politics through the study of the inter-American system: the regional, institutional and ideological environment, power relations, policies and contemporary problems.
|PSCI 8196||Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties||3|
This course introduces students to the philosophy, history, and development of the personal liberties guaranteed by the Constitution including freedom of speech, religion, assembly, petition, and the right of privacy, primarily through examination of Supreme Court decisions.
|PSCI 8216||International Relations of the Middle East||3|
This course focuses on the international politics of the Middle East region, specifically looking at conditions for peace and causes of war. It examines how the international system, domestic politics, ideologies, and leaders influence international politics in the Middle East.
|PSCI 8206||International Relations of East Asia||3|
This course introduces students to the international politics of East Asia with an emphasis on the contemporary relations among major East Asian states (China, Japan, the Korean peninsula) and the United States.
|PSCI 8256||Intelligence and National Security||3|
This course introduces students to the United States intelligence services, and their relation to broader U.S. national security policy.
|PSCI 8585||Government and Politics of Russia and the Post-Soviet States||3|
This course introduces students to the political cultures, institutions, processes, and public policies of Russia and the states of the former Soviet Union.
|PSCI 8255||Global Security Issues||3|
This course introduces students to issues of national and international security that cross boundaries and threaten all countries including issues such as climate change, environmental deterioration, population and demographics, gender issues, disease and public health, the media, asymmetrical warfare, drugs/organized crime and cyberthreats.
|PSCI 8200||Seminar in Foreign Policy and National Security||3|
This course introduces students to classic and contemporary scholarship on the formulation and implementation of foreign and national security policy in the United States with an emphasis on engaging in thoughtful discussion and individual research. Prerequisite: Permission of graduate adviser
|CACT 8306||International Development & Sustainability||3|
This course introduces students to different concepts of international development through the lens of sustainability. The course explores a broad range of activities related to international development, including international aid, trade, philanthropy, interventions in conflict, peacebuilding, public health, human rights, social justice, and the environment.
|PSCI 8626||Islam and Politics||3|
This course introduces students to the interaction between religion and politics in the Muslim world, covering various political ideologies in the Muslim world and different experiences of Muslim-majority countries such as Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Indonesia and Egypt. It will also analyze mainstream and radical transnational Islamic movements.
|PSCI 8505||European Politics||3|
This course introduces students to the political institutions, processes and public policies of the states of Europe, including the European Union.
|PSCI 8276||Global Environment Politics||3|
This course introduces students to issues of global environmental politics and policy, including the science behind issues such as climate change, how environmental policy is made at the national and international levels and what role politics plays in determining environmental resource use.
|PSCI 8150||Seminar in Constitutional Law||3|
This course introduces students to the Constitution and the Supreme Court's exercise of judicial review in relation to governmental powers, civil rights, and civil liberties.
|PSCI 8685||Government and Politics of Latin America||3|
This course introduces students to the political institutions, processes and public policies of the states of Latin America.
|PSCI 8220||Seminar on International Leadership and Strategy||3|
This course introduces students to international leadership and strategy theory, research and application.
|PSCI 8526||Politics of France||3|
This course introduces students to the political heritage of France, contemporary political institutions and problems and political and policy responses to these problems.
|PSCI 8716||Comparative International Development and Innovation||3|
Comparative International Development and Innovation will analyze the rise and fall of civilizations from a historical and theoretical perspective in a comparative manner. The course will address issues concerning political, social, economic, and environmental change in national and international contexts. Among its major emphases are state institutions, economic growth, entrepreneurship and the transformation of social structure and culture.
|PSCI 8705||Government and Politics of the Middle East||3|
This course introduces students to government and politics in the contemporary Middle East, including considerations of state formation, authoritarianism and democratization, state-society relations, religion, culture, gender and economy.
|PSCI 8245||The Politics and Practice of Human Rights||3|
This course introduces students to human rights issues across the globe and explores the theoretical foundations of human rights as well as human rights institutions and transitional justice.
|PSCI 8246||International Conflict Resolution||3|
This course introduces students to different approaches to peace, their basic assumptions, and their application to current conflicts.
|PSCI 8296||International Development and Sustainability||3|
This course introduces students to different concepts of international development through the lens of sustainability. The course explores a broad range of activities related to international development, including international aid, trade, philanthropy, interventions in conflict, peacebuilding, public health, human rights, social justice and the environment.
|PSCI 8005||Quantitative Analysis in Political Science (PSCI 8005)||3|
This course introduces students to the techniques that political scientists use to answer research questions with quantitative data, as well as issues of research design, hypothesis formation, and causation. The course emphasizes the methods used to collect, analyze, and extract information from data using statistical computer software.
|PSCI 8120||Seminar in Leadership (PSCI 8120)||3|
This course introduces students to classical and contemporary scholarship on leadership theory, research, and application. Students gain a foundation in models of leadership, assess their own leadership styles, and learn to integrate what they learn in corporate, governmental, non-profit, or community organizations.
|PSCI 8046||Congress and the Legislative Process (PSCI 8046)||3|
This course introduces students to the development of the Congress and modern application of the legislative process through examination of congressional elections, congressional leadership, congressional decision-making, legislative rules and procedures, the relationship of the Congress with other governmental and non-governmental actors, and the role of the Congress in making public policy.
|PSCI 8146||Constitutional Law: Civil Rights (PSCI 8146)||3|
This course introduces students to the history, principles, and judicial interpretation of key constitutional provisions and federal statutes regarding civil rights in the United States.
|PSCI 8015||Urban Politics (PSCI 8015)||3|
This course introduces students to the development, powers, forms of government, and functions of cities and their suburbs as well as the problems faced by elected officials, business and community leaders, and citizens in the urban setting.
|PSCI 8036||The Presidency (PSCI 8036)||3|
This course introduces students to the development and modern application of presidential leadership through examination of presidential selection, presidential decision-making, the relationship of the presidency with other governmental and non-governmental actors, and the role of the presidency in making public policy.
|PSCI 8055||State Government and Politics||3|
This course introduces students to the development, structures, functions and public policies of states.
|PSCI 8056||The Judicial Process (PSCI 8056)||3|
This course introduces students to the administration of law in federal and state courts with respect to the organization of the courts, judicial selection, judicial powers, judicial decision-making, judicial policy-making, the bar, and reform movements in the pursuit of justice.
|PSCI 8645||Government and Politics of China and East Asia||3|
This course introduces students to the political cultures, institutions, processes, policies, and other characteristics of China and neighboring states, with reference to other major powers engaged in the region.
|PSCI 8665||Government and Politics of Japan and East Asia||3|
This course introduces students to the political cultures, institutions, processes, policies and other characteristics of Japan and neighboring states, with reference to other major powers engaged in the region.
|PSCI 8100||Seminar in Political Economy||3|
A comprehensive study of theories of political economy, linkages between politics and economics, and major contemporary issues.
|PSCI 8105||LGBT Politics||3|
This course introduces students to the political struggle for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) equal rights in the United States using a model of political empowerment, which may be applied for all minority or identity groups and social movements, generating operationalized measures of progress toward the loci of political power.
|PSCI 8126||Public Opinion and Polling||3|
This course introduces students to the origins, nature, measurement, and consequences of public opinion on policymaking.
|PSCI 8145||Latino/-a Politics||3|
This course introduces students to the dynamism and growth of the role of Latinos, as a group of political actors, in the United States. This course provides students with an exposure to and understanding of various concepts and dimensions of this phenomenon, including historical and contemporary Latino political thought and the efforts to increase political empowerment (representation and participation) and influence through grassroots, social, and political movements.
|PSCI 8316||Classical Political Thought||3|
This course introduces students to key works representative of premodern political thought. Authors examined may include Plato, Aristotle, Xenophon, Cicero, Augustine, and Aquinas.
|PSCI 8326||Early Modern Political Thought||3|
This course introduces students to key works of the 16th through mid-18th centuries. Authors examined may include Machiavelli, Hobbes, Hume, Smith and Montesquieu.
|PSCI 8336||Late Modern Political Thought||3|
This course introduces students to key texts of the mid-18th through 19th centuries. Authors to be examined may include Rousseau, Burke, Mill, Tocqueville, Marx, and Nietzsche.
|PSCI 8346||Contemporary Political Thought||3|
This course introduces students to leading works of contemporary political thought, including Marx, Spencer, Dahl, Rawls, feminism, and rational choice. The theories, their interrelationships, the theorists, and the manifestations of these works will be discussed and analyzed.
|PSCI 8776||Political Sociology||3|
This course explores political sociology, focusing on political processes and power. Political sociologists investigate relationships between political institutions and various other institutions, including but not limited to the economy, education, media, and religion, and the impacts that these relationships have on society and the individuals that comprise the society. This course will explore the concepts, theories, and knowledge that comprise this field such as power, legitimacy, the state, networks, stratification, and collective action.
|PSCI 8826||Politics and Film||3|
This course introduces students to the analysis of politics and film, focusing on how politics is portrayed in film and the politics of film making.
|PSCI 8920||Seminar in Special Topics in Political Science||3|
This course introduces students to an advanced and specialized subject matter in the field of political science not covered in existing courses. This course may be repeated for different topics up to a maximum of twelve credit hours.
|PSCI 8926||Advanced Special Topics in Political Science||1 - 3|
This course introduces students to an advanced and specialized subject matter in the field of political science not covered in existing courses. This course may be repeated for different topics up to a maximum of six credit hours.
|PSCI 8000||Seminar in the Research Methods in Political Science||3|
This course introduces students to the methods of data collection and analysis for political science research.
|PSCI 8345||American Political Thought (PSCI 8345)||3|
This course introduces students to the ideals, ideologies, identities, and institutions of American political thought from the country's origins to the present. Topics to be covered may include the political thought of the early American settlers and of the founding generation, the debates over the creation and implementation of the Constitution, the 19th century arguments over slavery, the rise of progressivism, the New Deal and its critics, and contemporary American conservatism and liberalism.
|PSCI 8356||Democracy (PSCI 8356)||3|
A basic study of theory, practice and practitioners of political democracy, its roots, development, present application and problems and future.
|PSCI 8506||Government and Politics of Great Britain (PSCI 8506)||3|
A comprehensive study of British politics and government. Emphasis will be focused on the formal institutions and informal customs and practices of the British political system.
|PSCI 8185||Campaigns and Elections (PSCI 8185)||3|
This course introduces students to the evolution and modern application of campaigns and elections in the United States through examination of campaign management and campaign strategy in congressional and presidential elections.
|PSCI 8266||International Law (PSCI 8266)||3|
The course introduces students to the general principles of international law, including the key actors, the creation and sources of international law, the interpretation of international law by courts and tribunals and its enforcement.
|PSCI 8165||Political Parties (PSCI 8165)||3|
This course introduces students to the origin, development, structure, and functions of political parties in the United States as political organizations, coalitions of voters, and governing coalitions that seek to hold office and influence public policy.
|PSCI 8135||Women and Politics (PSCI 8135)||3|
This course introduces students to women's political participation, including holding elective office, socialization, the feminist movement and its opposition, and public policies with particular impact on women. The focus is on contemporary perspectives on women in American political ideas and behavior.
|PSCI 8265||United States Foreign Policy (PSCI 8265)||3|
This course introduces students to the analysis of foreign and defense policy processes in the United States, including the role of the President, Congress, Departments of State and Defense, the intelligence community and other actors/factors affecting policy formulation and implementation.
|PSCI 8176||Constitutional Law: Foundations (PSCI 8176)||3|
This course introduces students to the principles, design and operation of the American constitutional system with emphasis on analysis of the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, the proceedings of the Constitutional Convention, and the Federalist Papers.
|PSCI 8175||Interest Groups (PSCI 8175)||3|
This course introduces students to the theories, formation, organization and activities of interest groups and their impact on public policy, particularly through their role in campaigns and elections and lobbying.
|PSCI 8225||International Organizations (PSCI 8225)||3|
This course introduces students to the history, principles, structures and processes developed to organize and legitimize peaceful reconciliation of the differences of nation-states and to advance their mutual interests in the contemporary global political and economic system.
|PSCI 8186||Constitutional Law: The Federal System (PSCI 8186)||3|
This course introduces students to American constitutional law as it relates to issues of federalism, the relation of the nation and the states, and separation of powers, the relation of the three branches of the national government.
|PSCI 8116||Political Psychology (PSCI 8116)||3|
This course introduces students to the role of human thought, emotion and behavior in politics through examination of the psychological factors that motivate political elites and the mass public.
|PSCI 8235||Gender and Global Politics (PSCI 8235)||3|
This seminar introduces students to gender politics in comparative and international politics.
|PSCI 8366||Authoritarian Regimes (PSCI 8366)||3|
An analysis of various types of authoritarian regimes, their differences from democratic governments, and the causes of their establishment, maintenance, and failure.
|PSCI 8045||Government and Politics of Nebraska (PSCI 8045)||3|
This course introduces students to the development, structures, functions and public policies of the government of the state of Nebraska.
Tuition & Fees
Per Credit Hour
3 Credit Hours
Out of State Residents
Per Credit Hour
3 Credit Hours
- Fall SemesterJun 16
- Spring SemesterOct 16
- Summer SessionMar 16