Political science addresses some of the most fundamental problems facing human society. Questions concerning world peace, government policies aimed at achieving economic stability and growth, the management of environmental quality, control over political competition, the possibility of using law to affect social and political change, and the gap between the rich and poor in the U.S. and abroad are all on the research agenda of contemporary political scientists.
The general purpose of the major is to address these and other issues systematically. Simultaneously, we aim to raise the broad theoretical questions which can help students relate today’s political debates to debates about politics that have kept a theoretical tradition alive for over 2,000 years.
In addition, the knowledge students gain from the political science department at UNO also prepares them for a rich and rewarding career. Political science graduates are well equipped for professions, both at home and abroad, in the fields of law, business, criminal justice, education, journalism, and government service at the local, state, and federal levels. In fact, many political science graduates have reached the pinnacle of their respective professions.