Political Science, BMS

Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies Degree with a Concentration 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 Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies (BMS) degree with an area of concentration in Political Science studies the origin, development, and operation of political systems and public policy. It exposes students to the issues of political organization, action, policy, and governance.

Political Science is a versatile major and helps develop skills and understanding useful in a variety of settings. This concentration can prepare students for law school.

A foundational education in political science also prepares students for law school or other advanced degrees.

Career Outlook: The political science concentration offers students a wide range of career paths. Career options are available in the following fields:

  • Government
  • Law Enforcement
  • Politics
  • Nonprofit Administration
  • Public Relations
  • Journalism
  • Broadcasting
  • Business
  • Education
  • Research

More about the Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies Degree (BMS): Nationally ranked as one of the top bachelor's programs in the United States from U.S. News and World Report, the Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies degree (BMS) is a flexible, individualized degree program. In determining these rankings, U.S. News assesses programs on four general categories: student engagement; faculty credentials and training; student services and technology; and peer reputation.

The adaptable nature of the program provides students with the opportunity to design a personalized degree tailored to meet individual career goals, satisfy personal aspirations or prepare for graduate studies. This online degree program accepts transfer credit from all regionally accredited colleges and universities, as well as non-traditional credit from formal training experiences that have been evaluated and approved by specific agencies and committees.

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  2. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  3. Be at least 21 years old or active duty military personnel

  4. Have earned a high school diploma or GED

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

Courses You’ll Take

Course Information

Students must complete at least 30 credit hours in their area of concentration. In addition, students must also complete two secondary fields, each consisting of 12 credit hours from the same subject.

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
PSCI 4340Contemporary Political Theory3
Analysis of leading works of contemporary political philosophy including Spencer, Dahl, Rawls, feminism and rational choice. (This course satisfies the department's political theory requirement). Prereq: Junior standing or above. (Cross-listed with PSCI-8346.)
PSCI 3680Latin American Politics3
The problems and political processes of the states of Latin America, including the structure and operations of their governments and dynamics of their political systems. (This course fulfills the department's comparative politics requirement). Prereq: Junior.
PSCI 4330Late Modern Political Theory3
Analysis of key texts of the mid-18th through 19th centuries. Authors to be examined may include Roussiau, Burke, Mill, Tocqueville, Marx, and Nietzsche. (This course satisfies the department's political theory requirement). Prereq: For PSCI 4330; junior. (Cross-listed with PSCI-8336.)
PSCI 2180Fundamentals of Law and Politics3
Fundamentals of Law and Politics. Examination of various theories regarding the relationship between the law, on the one hand, and the duties of the citizen and the aims of the political community, on the other. The role of these issues in American politics will be a prominent theme of the course. (This course fulfills the department's American politics requirement). Prereq: PSCI1100
PSCI 2660The Peoples of East Central Europe Since 18153
A survey of social, political and cultural developments with emphasis upon Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and the Balkan states. Principal themes include 19th century movements for national liberation and social reform, the struggle for national unity and independence during World War I, problems and achievements of the independent East European states to 1938, and Second World War and Nazi occupation, the era of Communist rule, and post-1989 efforts to establish democracy and a market economy. (This course fulfills the Political Science department's comparative politics requirement). (Cross-listed with HIST-2660.)
PSCI 3050State Government and Politics3
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 3640Politics of the PRC and the Pacific Rim3
A comprehensive study of political institutions and processes of the Peoples Republic of China and several other remaining socialist countries in the region, and major issues confronting them, and their global implications, with a special emphasis on their development strategies. (This course fulfills the department's comparative politics requirement). Prereq: Junior or permission of instructor. (Cross-listed with PSCI-8645.)
PSCI 4280Inter American Politics3
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. (This course fulfills the department's international politics requirement). Prereq: For PSCI 4280; junior. (Cross-listed with PSCI-8286.)
PSCI 4310Classical Political Theory3
Analysis of key works representative of premodern political philosophy. Authors examined may include Plato, Aristotle, Xenophon, Cicero, Augustine, and Aquinas. (This course fulfills the department's political theory requirement). Prereq: Junior. (Cross-listed with PSCI-8316.)
PSCI 4040The Legislative Process3
A comprehensive study of the legislative process of the Congress and state legislatures. The major emphasis is on legislative institutions, processes and behavior. (This course fulfills the department's American politics requirement). Prereq: For PSCI 4040; PSCI 1100 and junior. (Cross-listed with PSCI-8046.)
PSCI 4320Early Modern Political Theory3
Analysis of key works of the 16th through mid-18th centuries. Authors examined may include Machiavelli, Hobbes, Hume, Smith and Montesquieu. (This course fulfills the department's political theory requirement). Prereq: Junior. (Cross-listed with PSCI-8326.)
PSCI 2560Modern France 1789 to the Present3
Modern France: 1789 to the Present. A study of the role of France in the development of modern democracy, and her successes and failures in the practice of that theory. (This course fulfills the Political Science's comparative politics requirement). (Cross-listed with HIST-2560.)
PSCI 3120Afro American Experience in American Politics3
A survey of the African-American's quest for liberation within and outside the orthodox political system of the United States with a focus on the institutional and structural arrangements which have denied liberation and prescriptions for meaningful change. (This course fulfills the department's American politics requirement). (Cross-listed with BLST-3120.)
PSCI 2000Introduction to Political Inquiry3
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 3660Governments and Politics of Japan and the Pacific Rim3
A systematic comparative study of political processes, structures, policies and other characteristics of Japan and several other selected countries in the region as a developmental model and a single economic and geopolitical block in the globally interdependent world. (This course fulfills the department's comparative politics requirement). Prereq: Junior or permission of instructor. (Cross-listed with PSCI-8665.)
PSCI 4520Politics in France3
An examination of the French political heritage, contemporary political institutions and problems, and political and policy responses to these problems. (This course fulfills the department's comparative politics requirement). (Cross-listed with PSCI-8526.)
PSCI 4120Public Opinion and Political Behavior3
An analysis of the processes of public opinion formation and change, the relationship between public opinion and democratic processes, and the effects of public opinion on the operation of the political system. (This course fulfills the department's American politics requirement). (Cross-listed with PSCI-8126.)
PSCI 4380Topics in Political Theory3
This course will conduct an in-depth exploration of an important issue, movement, thinker, or work in political theory. The particular subject matter will vary and will be chosen by the instructor. Prereq: Junior, or permission of instructor. Not open to nondegree students.
PSCI 2210International Relations3
International Relations. The nature of the international political environment, in terms of the forces, influences and problems involved in the relations between nation-states and the means of conducting these relations. (This course fulfills the department's international politics requirement). Prereq: Sophomore or above.
PSCI 2120Civic Leadership3
Civic Leadership. This course examines the multifaceted phenomenon known as leadership. The course focuses on theories of leadership, cases of leadership, models of success and failure, and addresses the tensions among democracy, leadership, and administration. Prereq: none
PSCI 1000Introduction to Political Science3
Introduction to Political Science. A basic course dealing with the ideas, institutions and issues of political life. It introduces students to the concerns and concepts of political science.
PSCI 2500Introduction to Comparative Politics3
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 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 4370Comparative Socialist Systems3
A comparative examination of Marxist-inspired political movements, political parties and political systems, with particular emphasis upon contemporary transitions. (This course fulfills the department's comparative politics requirement). Prereq: For PSCI 4370; junior. (Cross-listed with PSCI-8376.)
PSCI 4200International Politics of the Pacific Rim3
Analysis of contemporary relations among the Pacific Rim nations with an emphasis on Japan and China and their immediate neighbors as well as their relations with other great powers which influence the international system of Asia. (This course fulfills the department's international politics requirement). Prereq: For PSCI 4200; junior. (Cross-listed with PSCI-8206.)
PSCI 4000Concepts of Political Behavior3
An analysis of the historical development of political science and its major concepts in the Twentieth Century. Concepts, theories and models that guide contemporary political science are compared in regard to their utility for research on various political issues and concerns. (This course fulfills the department's political theory requirement). Prereq: Six hours of social science or permission of instructor
PSCI 3700Middle East Politics3
An overview of the government and politics in the contemporary Middle East, including considerations of religion, culture, economy, military power, regional relations, and international relations. This course satisfies the department's comparative politics requirement. Prereq: For 3700, junior and PSCI 1000 - Introduction to Political Science or instructor permission. For 8705, admission to graduate study and permission of the graduate advisor. (Cross-listed with PSCI-8705.)
PSCI 3220International Organization3
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 3020Political Socialization3
An examination of the institutions and processes of political learning in the United States. (This course fulfills the department's American politics requirement). Prereq: Junior.
PSCI 3100Minority Politics3
Designed to develop in the student both awareness and understanding of the roles, functions and contributions of minorities (religious, ethnic, national, racial, sexual orientation and gender identity) in the development and operation of the American and other political systems. This is a departmental course; therefore, emphasis and content may change from semester to semester. With departmental permission, the course may be taken more than once. (This course fulfills the department's American politics requirement). Prereq: Sophomore or above.
PSCI 2310Introduction to Political Theory3
Introduction to Political Theory. An introduction to some of the major Western political philosophers, their views, how they have been interpreted, and their possible application today. (This course fulfills the department's political theory requirement). Prereq: None
PSCI 2110Issues in American Politics3
Issues in American Politics. A study of cooperative federalism. This course examines what the various levels of governments do as opposed to structure. (This course fulfills the department's American politics requirement). Prereq: PSCI 1100.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$259.00
Fees
$52.25
Total
$311.25

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$777.00
Fees
$156.75
Total
$933.75

Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$452.00
Fees
$52.25
Total
$504.25

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$1356.00
Fees
$156.75
Total
$1512.75
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 01
  • Spring SemesterDec 01
  • Summer SessionsJun 01
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