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Division of Continuing Studies

Political Science

The Division of Continuing Studies offers the Bachelor of General Studies degree with an area of concentration in political science.


30 hours from the department of political science (PSCI)

  • PSCI 1000
  • PSCI 1100
  • 9 hours of upper-division courses from UNO

Recommended Courses (for students planning to pursue advanced study):

  • PSCI 2000 (or an equivalent social science research methods or statistics course).
  • At least one three-hour course in American Politics such as PSCI 2110, 2120, 2180, 3010, 3020, 3040, 3050, 3100, 3120, 3130, 3140, 3150, 3160, 3170, 3180, 4020, 4030, 4040, 4050, 4120, 4170, 4180, or 4190.
  • At least one three-hour course in Comparative Politics such as PSCI 2500*, 2560, 2660, 3230, 3500, 3560, 3580, 3640, 3660, 3680, 3700, 4350, 4360, 4370, 4500, 4520.
  • At least one three-hour course in International Politics such as PSCI 2210*, 3220, 3230, 3260, 4200, 4280.
  • At least one three-hour course in Political Theory such as PSCI 2310*, 3340, 4000, 4310, 4320, 4330, 4340, 4380.
  • * On-line Availability:  PSCI 1000, 1100, 2210, 2310, and 2500 are offered on-line at least once per year.  Additional courses are offered on-line regularly.


An allied field of 1-9 hours may be taken in ONE of the following departments as part of the 30 hours in the area of concentration:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Sociology

Additional information:
Students interested in graduate studies should contact the graduate adviser in the political science department to make sure necessary classes are taken to enter graduate programs.

National Certification in Nonprofit Management and Leadership is available. Requirements may be met through coursework in your core requirement. Please see an advisor for details.

Career Information:
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. Students with a degree in political science may find careers in government, law enforcement, politics, nonprofit administration, public relations, journalism, broadcasting, business, education, and research. Political science study can prepare students for law school. It will also provide the necessary knowledge to pursue other advanced degrees, if desired.

For more career information, check out College Board - Political Science or UNO Career Center.

Revised Fall 2013