Political Science (Bachelor of Arts)
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Political science examines how humans organize their societies and make collective choices for the whole. When you pursue your Bachelor of Arts (BA) in political science, you’ll focus on the behavior of individuals (both ordinary people and leaders) and on the groups and institutions that humans use to make and implement public policy. Getting a bachelor’s in political science from Creighton University will give you valuable skills that you can apply to a variety of career paths.
Political science majors at Creighton may specialize in political science, legal studies or public policy. Creighton also offers the following political science minors:
The legal studies minor explores the role of the law in society. You’ll take a close look at legal history and philosophy, as well as legal institutions at all levels of government. It helps prepare students for careers in law, court administration, law enforcement and dispute resolution.
Political Science Minor
Creighton’s political science minor introduces students to political science methodology and community decision making. This minor is designed for students who plan to pursue a career in business, journalism, medicine or law.
Public Policy Minor
Creighton’s public policy minor examines how humans organize society and make collective choices. Students with a public policy minor examine the policy process, substantive policy areas and the application of policy analysis tools and advocacy strategies in the contemporary political system.
The median salary of a political scientist in 2012 was $104,000, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, well above the national average. Employment in the field is projected to grow 21% by 2022, faster than most occupations.
Graduates with a degree in political science are well suited for a variety of careers. Some enter the job market directly after completing their bachelor’s degrees, and others enroll in graduate or professional programs.
Creighton’s political science program provides skills, knowledge and perspective appropriate for many different careers, including:
- Public administration
- Journalism or public relations
- Community service agencies
- Public affairs
- Military or intelligence and anti-terrorism
- Political campaign management or public office
Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts in political science may choose to specialize by following one of these tracks:
Political Science Track
Creighton’s political science track introduces students to political science methodology and community decision making. This specialization is designed for students who plan to pursue a career in business, journalism, medicine or law.
Legal Studies Track
The legal studies specialization will provide you with an understanding of law as a component of government and social life, as well as an examination of legal institutions. This track is excellent preparation for students who plan to attend law school or for those who wish to pursue careers in court administration, law enforcement or public policy.
Public Policy Track
The public policy track will provide you with a strong grounding in political science, with an emphasis on the processes and problems of policy-making. This track focuses on the origins, administration and impact of public programs in response to policy problems. Students on this track are encouraged to find internships in this field.
Research Design and Analysis Track
The track in Research Design and Analysis (RDA) is designed to prepare students to meet the demand for hard analytical skills in business, government and the nonprofit sector.
- Explore the inner-workings of American politics, comparative politics and public policy
- Develop critical and analytical thinking
- Master political science methodology
- Understand approaches to community decision making at the local, national and international levels
If you major in political science at Creighton, you’ll enroll in a range of courses to develop a broad understanding of the questions, concepts, and methods of political science. See the full curriculum and requirements for the:
- Pi Sigma Alpha: Political Science & International Relations
Creighton has an active chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society. Pi Sigma Alpha members organize student-faculty events and host outside speakers on campus. It was established in 1977 and is popular with international relations majors. Since 2000, seven Creighton students have been awarded “Best Paper” or “Best Thesis Paper” by Pi Sigma Alpha’s national office.
- Journal of Political Research
- International Relations Club
The International Relations Club (IRC) is ideal if you have special interests in international politics. The IRC sponsors speakers, campus crisis simulations, and award-winning delegations to Model United Nations conferences across the country and around the world.
- Model United Nations
Creighton’s Model United Nations team participates in several Model UN conferences throughout the year. Students have traveled to conferences in Boston, Montreal, Chicago, Turkey, Germany, Egypt, Japan, Korea, Brazil and Singapore.
- Student Government and Political Party Work
- Midwest Undergraduate Political Science Research Conference
Each spring students have the opportunity to attend the annual Midwest Student Research Conference held at various colleges and universities. You could present research papers and discuss your research with undergraduates from other schools at the Midwest Undergraduate Political Science Research Conference.
- Public Affairs Colloquium (Brown-Baggers)
Several times a semester, students and faculty gather over lunchtime for speakers, research presentations or discussion on current political topics. The Public Affairs Colloquium is a great opportunity for informal interaction by students, faculty and staff.
Capitol Hill Internship Program
Creighton’s Capitol Hill Internship Program (CHIP) gives political science students the opportunity to spend a semester living and working in Washington, D.C. Creighton shares a Capitol Hill townhouse where students live while pursuing their internship. Students work four days a week (32 hours) and attend classes one day per week. Weekends are available to experience Washington, D.C. The CHIP house is a short walk from Capitol Hill, the Supreme Court, House and Senate Office Buildings, Union Station (and its Metro station), the Capitol Mall and many shops, restaurants, museums and galleries.
Omaha and Nebraska Internships
The political science department actively places students in internships with city, state and local government, as well as with local interest groups and nonprofits. During election years, many of our students intern with local campaigns for political office.
Unicameral Page Internships
For more information on becoming a page for the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature, contact the Clerk of the Legislature.
Creighton political science students present their research at professional conferences. Every spring, students attend the Midwest Political Science Association meeting in Chicago. Faculty members also involve students in their research, and a variety of published articles have been collaborations between faculty-mentors and undergraduate students.