Political Science, BMS

Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies

University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    120
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $272.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $500.00

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The online Bachelor's of Multidisciplinary Studies (BMS) degree program with an area of concentration in Political Science prepares adult students for academic advancement and professional careers. Students receive a liberal arts education, highly valued in today's workplace for developing critical thinking and decision-making skills.
 
The BMS degree emphasizes multidisciplinary study, giving our graduates a versatile educational background.  Students receive individual, personal guidance in developing their degree program. And our BMS advisers are specialized in the concerns of adults returning to a university-setting.The political science concentration provides:

  • For the study of the origin, development and operation of political systems and public policy
  • Exposure to issues related to political organization, action, policy, and governance
  • Development of skills useful in a variety of settings

Graduates of this program go on to careers in:

  • Government
  • Law enforcement
  • Politics
  • Nonprofit administration
  • Public relations
  • Business
  • And many others

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

This program has been ranked by US News and World Report for excellence in online education

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 enables maximum learning and because technology provides students with maximum access to education.

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

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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
August 1
Spring Semester
December 1
Summer Sessions
June 1

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 1000Introduction to Political Science3

Course Number: PSCI 1000

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 1100Introduction to American National Government3

Course Number: PSCI 1100

Introduction to American National Government. An introduction to the foundational principles, organization, major institutions and functioning of American national government.

PSCI 2000Introduction to Political Inquiry3

Course Number: PSCI 2000

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 2110Issues in American Politics3

Course Number: PSCI 2110

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.

PSCI 2120Civic Leadership3

Course Number: PSCI 2120

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 2180Fundamentals of Law and Politics3

Course Number: PSCI 2180

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 2210International Relations3

Course Number: PSCI 2210

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 2310Introduction to Political Theory3

Course Number: PSCI 2310

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 2500Introduction to Comparative Politics3

Course Number: PSCI 2500

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 2560Modern France 1789 to the Present3

Course Number: PSCI 2560

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 2660The Peoples of East Central Europe Since 18153

Course Number: PSCI 2660

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 3010Urban Politics3

Course Number: PSCI 3010

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 3020Political Socialization3

Course Number: PSCI 3020

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 3040Government and Politics of Nebraska3

Course Number: PSCI 3040

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 Politics3

Course Number: PSCI 3050

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 3100Minority Politics3

Course Number: PSCI 3100

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 3120Afro American Experience in American Politics3

Course Number: PSCI 3120

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 3130Women and Politics3

Course Number: PSCI 3130

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 3140Latino American Politics3

Course Number: PSCI 3140

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. (This course fulfills the department's American politics requirement). Prereq: Junior standing.

PSCI 3150Asian Pacific Americans and the New Minority Politics3

Course Number: PSCI 3150

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 3160Political Parties3

Course Number: PSCI 3160

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 Groups3

Course Number: PSCI 3170

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 Elections3

Course Number: PSCI 3180

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 3220International Organization3

Course Number: PSCI 3220

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 3230Gender and Global Politics3

Course Number: PSCI 3230

A seminar on gender politics in comparative and international politics. (Cross-listed with PSCI-8235.)

PSCI 3260United States Foreign Policy3

Course Number: PSCI 3260

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 3340American Political Thought3

Course Number: PSCI 3340

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 3500Politics in Western Europe3

Course Number: PSCI 3500

The government and politics of the states of Western Europe, including Great Britain, France and Germany. (This course fulfills the department's comparative politics requirement).

PSCI 3560Government and Politics of East Central Europe3

Course Number: PSCI 3560

A comparative analysis of the governmental and political processes operating in East Central Europe. (This course fulfills the department's comparative politics requirement).

PSCI 3580Government and Politics of East Central Eurasia3

Course Number: PSCI 3580

Government and Politics of East Central Eurasia. An analysis of structure and processes of government in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, the Caucasus and Central Asia. (This course fulfills the department's comparative politics requirement).

PSCI 3640Politics of the PRC and the Pacific Rim3

Course Number: PSCI 3640

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 3660Governments and Politics of Japan and the Pacific Rim3

Course Number: PSCI 3660

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 3680Latin American Politics3

Course Number: PSCI 3680

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 3700Middle East Politics3

Course Number: PSCI 3700

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 4000Concepts of Political Behavior3

Course Number: PSCI 4000

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 4020Political Psychology3

Course Number: PSCI 4020

A course covering the psychology of politics. It is concerned with the role of human thought, emotion, and behavior in politics, and the linkages between them. In this course we will examine the psychological factors behind the motivations for the mass public (voters) and elites (leaders or political actors). For the mass public, we will consider social identity, affect and cognition, personality predispositions such as authoritarianism, how people are socialized politically, racial prejudice, tolerance, and political knowledge. For political actors we will consider personality analysis, as well as the political psychology of genocide and terrorism. Prereq: undergrad:PSCI 1100 or PSCI 1000; junior standing or permission of instructor grad:graduate standing (Cross-listed with PSCI-8026.)

PSCI 4030The Presidency3

Course Number: PSCI 4030

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 4040The Legislative Process3

Course Number: PSCI 4040

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 4050The Judicial Process3

Course Number: PSCI 4050

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 4120Public Opinion and Political Behavior3

Course Number: PSCI 4120

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 4170Constitutional Law Foundations3

Course Number: PSCI 4170

Examination of the principles, design and intended operation of the American constitutional system. Analysis of the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation and the Constitutional Convention. Major emphasis on The Federalist. (This course fulfills the department's American politics requirement). Prereq: PSCI 1100 (or equivalent), junior, or permission of instructor. (Cross-listed with PSCI-8176.)

PSCI 4180Constitutional Law The Federal System3

Course Number: PSCI 4180

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

Course Number: PSCI 4190

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 4200International Politics of the Pacific Rim3

Course Number: PSCI 4200

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 4280Inter American Politics3

Course Number: PSCI 4280

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

Course Number: PSCI 4310

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 4320Early Modern Political Theory3

Course Number: PSCI 4320

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 4330Late Modern Political Theory3

Course Number: PSCI 4330

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 4340Contemporary Political Theory3

Course Number: PSCI 4340

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 4350Democracy3

Course Number: PSCI 4350

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 Regimes3

Course Number: PSCI 4360

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 4370Comparative Socialist Systems3

Course Number: PSCI 4370

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 4380Topics in Political Theory3

Course Number: PSCI 4380

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 4500Government and Politics of Great Britain3

Course Number: PSCI 4500

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 in France3

Course Number: PSCI 4520

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.)

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $272.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $324.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $816.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $972.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $500.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $552.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1500.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1656.75

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