Political Science, BA

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Fully Online
  • 120
    Credits
  • $259.00
    In-State
  • $452.00
    Out-of-State

Program Overview

The online Political Science Bachelor of Arts explores how politicians and advisors can impact decisions on issues like border control, public health policies, war and military conflicts and climate change which affect Nebraskans, Americans and citizens all over the world.

Students choose the online Political Science, BA to:

  • Address the important questions facing society at every level, from local to global.
  • Determine how decisions in political science determine how to build a civil society.
  • Tackle big, real-world problems like war, climate change, economic equality and refugees.
  • Learn critical thinking skills to solve problems.
  • Gain experience in cross-disciplinary study used to tackle issues such as laws, policies, protests which are about more than one issue.

In addition, students gain highly demanded soft skills such as the:

  • Drive to initiate exploration on a new topic.
  • Ability to negotiate with people whose viewpoints differ.
  • Skills to work together and compromise in solving a problem.

Students of the Political Science, BA have the ability to complete the degree with or without a concentration. 

Concentrations include: 

  • Foreign and National Security Affairs
  • Government Affairs and Civic Engagement
  • Laws and the Courts
  • Political Thought
  • Race, Ethnicity and Gender Politics

Career Info:

A degree in political science can lead to careers in elected office, federal/state/local governments, the diplomatic corps, public and non-profit agencies, courts and law firms, media outlets and more. Political Science majors are good candidates for law school, graduate school in all sorts of analytical programs, and post-grad service programs like the Peace Corps.

Employment of political scientists is projected to grow 9 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

About 700 openings for political scientists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

In addition, political science majors work in public, private and nonprofit sectors including the following career paths:

  • Local/state government
  • Federal government
  • Nonprofit
  • International Affairs
  • Marketing
  • Media
  • Many more

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Official transcripts from all previous schools

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete the online application for admission
  2. Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee

Courses You’ll Take

Course Information

The Political Science Bachelor of Arts requires a foreign language at the intermediate level. 

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
PSCI 1100Introduction to American National Government (PSCI 1100)3
Introduction to American National Government. An introduction to the foundational principles, organization, major institutions and functioning of American national government.
PSCI 2000Introduction to Political Inquiry (PSCI 2000)3
Introduction to Political Inquiry. An introduction to the creation of political knowledge in preparation for upper division PSCI courses. Using experiential learning, students will be introduced to using the library, data, computers and statistics to answer research questions and to clearly write research papers. Prereq: PSCI 1100 or 1000.
PSCI 2210Introduction to International Relations (PSCI 2210)3
This course introduces students to historical and contemporary questions and major theoretical approaches to world affairs through examination of the international system in terms of the economic, military, and political forces between states, international organizations, and transnational actors.
PSCI 2310Introduction to Political Thought (PSCI 2310)3
This course introduces students to the nature and scope of politics, the foundations of political thought, and competing traditions of political theory through the ideas of major political philosophers, the interpretation of their ideas, and the possible application of their ideas today.
PSCI 2500Introduction to Comparative Politics (PSCI 2500)3
Introduction to Comparative Politics. An introduction to comparative political analysis, with application to a broad and representative range of countries. (This course fulfills the department's comparative politics requirement).
PSCI 4950Senior Assessment in Political Science (PSCI 4950)0
This zero-credit-hour course is used to assess the knowledge and skills that are imparted by the Political Science program to its students. Seniors must enroll in the class, take the major field test, and submit a writing assignment from one of their upper level political science courses. Because this is a 0 credit course, these items will not be graded, but they will be scored for purposes of program assessment.

Other Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
PSCI 2110Introduction to Public Policy (PSCI 2110)3
An introduction to the formation and evaluation of public policy, with particular focus on the stages of public policy development.
PSCI 2120Introduction to Leadership (PSCI 2120)3
This course introduces students to civic leadership in a public setting, including theories of leadership, models of leadership, cases of success and failure, and the inherent tensions among democracy, leadership, and administration.
PSCI 3010Urban Politics (PSCI 3010)3
A course concerned with the development of cities, their forms of government, powers, functions and problems in an industrialized and urbanized society. (This course fulfills the department's American politics requirement).
PSCI 3040Government and Politics of Nebraska (PSCI 3040)3
A survey of the political life of Nebraska including its political culture, political institutions, recent political history and recurring issues and policy concerns. (This course fulfills the department's American politics requirement). (Cross-listed with PSCI-8045.)
PSCI 3050State Government and Politics (PSCI 3050)3
This course analyzes state government and politics in the United States, focusing on the development, structures, functions, and policies of states. Prereq: For PSCI 8055: Graduate standing. (Cross-listed with PSCI-8055.)
PSCI 3160Political Parties (PSCI 3160)3
A study of the organization and operation of the American party system. (This course fulfills the department's American politics requirement). Prereq: Junior. (Cross-listed with PSCI-8165.)
PSCI 3170Interest Groups (PSCI 3170)3
A study of the activities of the basic interests and their efforts to influence both the opinion and policy of the public sector of American government. (This course fulfills the department's American politics requirement). Prereq: Junior. (Cross-listed with PSCI-8175.)
PSCI 3180Campaigns and Elections (PSCI 3180)3
This course is designed to introduce students to the analysis of campaigns and elections in the United States, focusing on the evolution, structure and strategy of congressional and presidential campaigns. (This course fulfills the department's American politics requirement). Prereq: PSCI 1100 or Junior standing. (Cross-listed with PSCI-8185.)
PSCI 4030The Presidency (PSCI 4030)3
The rise of the institution from Washington to the present, the position and prestige it holds and how the president uses this power and prestige to influence Congress, the courts and the public. (This course fulfills the department's American politics requirement). Prereq: For PSCI 4030; PSCI 1100 and junior. (Cross-listed with PSCI-8036.)
PSCI 4040Congress and The Legislative Process (PSCI 4040)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. (Cross-listed with PSCI 8046)
PSCI 4050The Judicial Process (PSCI 4050)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/PSYC 4110Political Psychology (PSCI/PSYC 4110)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 4120Public Opinion and Polling (PSCI 4120)3
This course introduces students to the origins, nature, measurement, and consequences of public opinion on policymaking.
PSCI 4910Political Science Internship (PSCI 4910)3
This course offers students an opportunity to experience the resolution of public issues through direct involvement in career-oriented policy organizations. The host organization must be approved in advance in consultation with the internship coordinator. This course may be repeated for a maximum of six credit hours.
BLST 1340Introduction to Contemporary Africa (BLST 1340)3
A survey of the geography, population and cultural traditions of contemporary Africa. Economic, political, cultural and social changes in the second half of the 20th century, including the problems and the struggle for national integration and economic adjustments will also be examined.
BLST/PSCI 2130African Politics (BLST/PSCI 2130)3
African Politics examines the socio-cultural and economic environments which characterize political life in contemporary Africa. This course examines contemporary African politics and government in post-independence Africa, and the pre-colonial political and economic systems which influence contemporary African politics. The course assesses the various approaches used to study the political development of the African continent; examines the processes, features, and institutions of the African states; addresses key and persistent issues about African politics; and examines dimensions of social change and political reform.
PSCI 3220International Organizations (PSCI 3220)3
The efforts made and the problems involved in providing international institutions capable of peacefully reconciling the differences and advancing the mutual interests of nation-states. (This course fulfills the department's international politics requirement). Prereq: Junior.
PSCI/WGST 3230Gender and Global Politics (PSCI/WGST 3230)3
This seminar introduces students to gender politics in comparative and international politics.
PSCI 3240The Politics and Practice of Human Rights (PSCI 3240)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 3260United States Foreign Policy (PSCI 3260)3
The conduct and control of United States foreign policy in terms of the influences, processes and machinery of foreign policy formulation and the instruments of implementation. (This course fulfills the department's international politics requirement).
PSCI 3500European Politics (PSCI 3500)3
This course introduces students to the political institutions, processes, and public policies of the states of Europe, including the European Union.
PSCI 3580Government and Politics of Russia and the Post-Soviet States3
This course introduces students to the political cultures, institutions, processes, and public policies of Russia and the states of the former Soviet Union.
PSCI 3640Government and Politics of China and East Asia (PSCI 3640)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/LLS 3680Government and Politics of Latin America (PSCI/LLS 3680)3
This course introduces students to the political institutions, processes, and public policies of the states of Latin America.
PSCI 3700Government and Politics of the Middle East3
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 4200International Relations of East Asia (PSCI 4200)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 4210International Relations of the Middle East (PSCI 4210)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 4240International Conflict Resolution (PSCI 4240)3
This course introduces students to different approaches to peace, their basic assumptions, and their application to current conflicts.
PSCI 4250Intelligence and National Security (PSCI 4250)3
This course introduces students to the United States intelligence services, and their relation to broader U.S. national security policy.
PSCI 4260International Law (PSCI 4260)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/ENVN 4270Global Environmental Politics (PSCI/ENVN 4270)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/LLS 4280International Relations of Latin America (PSCI/LLS 4280)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 4290International Development and Stability (PSCI 4290)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 4350Democracy (PSCI 4350)3
A basic study of theory, practice and practitioners of political democracy, its roots, development, present application and problems and future. (This course fulfills the department's comparative politics requirement). Prereq: For 4350; junior. (Cross-listed with PSCI-8356.)
PSCI 4360Authoritarian Regimes (PSCI 4360)3
An analysis of various types of authoritarian regimes, their differences from democratic governments, and the causes of their establishment, maintenance, and failure. (This course fulfills the department's comparative politics requirement). Prereq: For PSCI 4360; junior. (Cross-listed with PSCI-8366.)
PSCI 4500Government and Politics of Great Britain (PSCI 4500)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. (This course satisfies the department's comparative politics requirement). Prereq: For PSCI 4500; junior. (Cross-listed with PSCI-8506.)
PSCI 4520Politics of France (PSCI 4520)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 4550Political Violence, Insurgency and Terrorism (PSCI 4550)3
This course is a survey on the types of violence used within a political context, focusing on its causes, forms and consequences. Specifically, this course details why and how violence occurs, and its impact on institutions and the people operating within that system. (Cross-listed with PSCI 8556).
PSCI 4620Islam and Politics (PSCI 4620)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. (Cross-listed with PSCI 8626)
PSCI 4710Comparative International Development and Innovation (PSCI 4710)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 2180Introduction to Law3
This course introduces students to the foundations, principles, functions, institutions, processes, issues, and fields of law with a special emphasis on the American political and legal systems.
BLST/PSCI 3410Law and the Black Community (BLST/PSCI 3410)3
Law and the Black Community provides an in-depth examination of the racialized American legal process as it pertains to and affects African Americans in the U.S. From the formation of the U.S. Constitution to present day, this course analyzes intersections of race, law, politics and culture, and explores the administration of justice and Black experiences through a critical legal perspective.
PSCI 4050The Judicial Process (PSCI 4050)3
This is a course in the administration of justice. It examines the federal and state courts with respect to their powers, judicial selection, the bar and the reform movements in the most basic of all of man's objectives, the pursuit of justice. (This course fulfills the department's American politics requirement). Prereq: For PSCI 4050; PSCI 1100 and junior. (Cross-listed with PSCI-8056.)
PSCI 4140Constitutional Law: Civil Rights3
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 4150Law and the Courts: Mock Trial3
This course introduces students to the American legal system, including its courtroom aspects, through preparation of and participation in a mock trial case.
PSCI 4160Law and the Courts: Mock Trial Practicum3
This course introduces students to the American legal system through participation in mock trial competition.
PSCI 4180Constitutional Law: The Federal System (PSCI 4180)3
Analysis of American constitutional law regarding federalism (the relation of the nation and the states) and separation of powers (the relation of the three branches of the national government). (This course fulfills the department's American politics requirement). Prereq: PSCI 1100 (or equivalent), junior, or permission of instructor. (Cross-listed with PSCI-8186.)
PSCI 4190Constitutional Law Civil Liberties3
Analysis of the leading amendments in the Bill of Rights. (This course fulfills the department's American politics requirement). Prereq: PSCI 1100 (or equivalent), junior or permission of instructor. (Cross-listed with PSCI-8196.)
PSCI 4910Political Science Internship (PSCI 4910)3
This course offers students an opportunity to experience the resolution of public issues through direct involvement in career-oriented policy organizations. The host organization must be approved in advance in consultation with the internship coordinator. This course may be repeated for a maximum of six credit hours.
BLST 1340Introduction to Contemporary Africa (BLST 1340)3
A survey of the geography, population and cultural traditions of contemporary Africa. Economic, political, cultural and social changes in the second half of the 20th century, including the problems and the struggle for national integration and economic adjustments will also be examined.
BLST/PSCI 2130African Politics (BLST/PSCI 2130)3
African Politics examines the socio-cultural and economic environments which characterize political life in contemporary Africa. This course examines contemporary African politics and government in post-independence Africa, and the pre-colonial political and economic systems which influence contemporary African politics. The course assesses the various approaches used to study the political development of the African continent; examines the processes, features, and institutions of the African states; addresses key and persistent issues about African politics; and examines dimensions of social change and political reform.
PSCI/WGST 3100LGBT Politics (PSCI/WGST 3100)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/BLST 3120The African American Experience in Politics (PSCI/BLST 3120)3
This course will provide a historical and contemporary survey of the African American political experience in the United States, from the passage of the 15th Amendment in the late 1800s, to the 1965 Voting Rights Act, and continuing into the 21st century. Students will examine the evolution of the Black political experience, with emphasis on the fight against enslavement, segregation, lynchings and mass incarceration, and the long struggle of African Americans against institutional and structural racism in the American political system.
PSCI 3130Women and Politics (PSCI 3130)3
Women and Politics provides an overview of 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. This course fulfills the Political Science department's American Politics field requirement. (Cross-listed with PSCI-8135, WMST-3130, WMST-3130, WMST-8135.)
PSCI/LLS 3140Latino/-a Politics3
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 3150Asian Pacific Americans and the New Minority Politics (PSCI 3150)3
Asian Pacific Americans and the New Minority Politics. This course will be devoted to a broad discussion about the emergence of Asian Pacific Americans by birth and immigration, the fastest growing minority in the U.S., as a significant factor in American politics. (This course fulfills the department's American politics requirement). Prereq: Junior standing or by professor's permission.
PSCI 3230Gender and Global Politics (PSCI 3230)3
A seminar on gender politics in comparative and international politics.
BLST/PSCI 3410Law and the Black Community (BLST/PSCI 3410)3
Law and the Black Community provides an in-depth examination of the racialized American legal process as it pertains to and affects African Americans in the U.S. From the formation of the U.S. Constitution to present day, this course analyzes intersections of race, law, politics and culture, and explores the administration of justice and Black experiences through a critical legal perspective.
PSCI 3340American Political Thought (PSCI 3340)3
An overview and analysis of the dominant political thoughts and ideas that have been present in American thinking from the days of the Puritans to today, and the individuals who held them. (This course fulfills the department's political theory requirement). Prereq: Junior.
PSCI 4310Classical Political Thought3
This course introduces students to key works representative of premodern political thought. Authors examined may include Plato, Aristotle, Xenophon, Cicero, Augustine, and Aquinas.
PSCI 4320Early Modern Political Thought3
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 4330Late Modern Political Thought (PSCI 4330)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. (Cross-listed with PSCI 8336)
PSCI 4330Contemporary Political Thought (PSCI 4330)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. (Cross-listed with PSCI 8346)

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$259.00
Fees
$179.70
Total
$438.70

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$777.00
Fees
$539.10
Total
$1316.10

Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$452.00
Fees
$172.20
Total
$624.20

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$1356.00
Fees
$516.60
Total
$1872.60
About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall SemesterAug 23
  • Spring SemesterJan 24
  • Summer SessionJun 01