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Major Requirements

There are two ways that students can complete a major in political science at Creighton.  In addition, Creighton also offers a major in International Relations.  The general political science major program offers a broad introduction to political science, its methodology, and the operation of public institutions and political processes in a number of contexts. 

Most students follow this program (see option A).  Two specialized programs for completing a political science major allow the student to develop a greater background in either Legal Studies or Public Policy.  The alternative tracks for the major are more structured in both course requirements and in the choice of supporting courses and would be attractive to students with more focused interests. 

Students electing to follow either the public policy or legal studies option should indicate this when they apply to major in the political science department.

A. The Political Science Major

The general political science major requires a range of courses to develop a broad understanding of the questions, concepts, and methods of political science.  Majors complete these four courses (12 credit hours) during their undergraduate years:

PLS121

American Government and Politics

(Freshman Year)

PLS215

Comparative Political Systems   

(Sophomore Year)

PLS310

Political Science Research Methods

(Sophomore or Junior year)

PLS591

Senior Research Seminar 

(Fall of Senior year)

Students must complete 21 additional credit hours in Political Science courses from the 200 level or above, as approved by the major advisor and from the subfields below.  At least one course from each of the following five subfields: American Government and Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Philosophy and Theory, and Public Policy and Law.

Additional six credits in Political Science at or above the 200 series chosen from the subfields above with the approval of the major advisor.  

B. Political Science Major with Specialization in Legal Studies

This specialization provides fundamental preparation in the discipline of political science and an understanding of law as a component of government and human social life as well as an examination of legal institutions.  Based in a liberal arts tradition, this course sequence is appropriate preparation for students planning to attend law school or for students who may wish to pursue careers in other law-related positions such as court administration, legal investigation, public policy analysis or who wish to seek graduate education in criminal justice, dispute resolution, or legal system administration.

Students completing a political science major under this program complete these requirements:

  • A core of Political Science courses:  PLS121, PLS215, PLS310, and PLS591.
  • A legal studies core:  PLS320, PLS337, PLS/PHL390 and 537.
  • One course (three hours) in either International Relations or Comparative Politics subfield. 
  • Requisite courses for Legal Studies Track:  students will select 6 credits from the following:  BUS201, BUS301, ECO213, ECO250, JRM529, PHL440, PS356, PSY363, SOC321 or SOC423.

Supporting requisite courses:  With the assistance of the department adviser, students will select 12 hours of supporting courses at the 200 level or higher that clearly advance their legal studies interests.  Supporting courses should be in a single relevant department such as history, economics, sociology or philosophy, or in a well defined topical area such as social welfare, environmental policy, urban studies, business, etc.

C. Political Science with a Specialization in Public Policy

The major with a specialization in public policy gives students a strong grounding in political science with an emphasis on the processes and problems of policy-making in modern societies.  The central concern of this program is the analysis of the origins, administration, and impact of public programs in response to policy problems.  A knowledge of appropriate research methodology is also required.  Within the specialization, students are to concentrate on either economic or social policies and programs in the supporting requirements.  Students completing a political science major under this program complete these requirements:

  • A core of Political Science courses:  PLS121, PLS215, PLS310 and PLS591.
  • The public policy core courses:  PLS331 and PLS433.
  • Two courses (six hours) in Public Policy electives from among: PLS333, PLS334, PLS337, PLS372, PLS435, PLS436, PLS438 and PLS481.
  • One course (three hours) in American Institutions and Processes from among: PLS320, PLS322, PLS324, PLS325 and PLS326.
  • One course (three hours) in International Relations at the 300 level or above.
  • One course (three hours) in Comparative Politics at the 300 level or above.
  • Also recommended:  PLS483 Public Affairs Internship.  

Requisite courses for Public Policy Track:  ECO203 and ECO205.  

Major in International Relations

The major in international relations offers students a fundamental grounding in the discipline of political science and a substantial exposure to the interdisciplinary area of international relations.  Students completing an international relations major under this program complete these requirements:

  • A core of introductory Political Science courses:  *PLS105, PLS121, PLS215, PLS310, and PLS591. 
  • An international relations core:  PLS340
  • Two courses from PLS345, PLS347, PLS435, and PLS472.
  • Four courses (12 hours) in comparative politics from among:  PLS301,  PLS303, PLS305, PLS313, PLS315, PLS316, PLS317, PLS319, PLS341, PLS342, PLS343, PLS345, PLS347, PLS401, PLS405, PLS407, PLS410, PLS411, PLS435, PLS440, PLS472, PLS481, PLS510, AND PLS537.

ECO203, Microeconomics, and ECO205, Macroeconomics, are required prerequisites for the major.

*Students beginning this major in their sophomore year should substitute an upper-level political science course for this requirement.  

Mastery of a modern foreign language is strongly urged of all students.  Students in this sequence should possess a solid knowledge of Geography.  Education 315 “World Geography” is recommended for those whose geography background is weak. 

Requisite courses for International Relations Major:  Economics 203 and 205 are also strongly recommended.

Minor in Political Science

A political science minor is available for students majoring in another department.  The minor may complement a student’s primary major and enhance career preparation.

 

The Minor Programs

There are four ways that students can complete a minor in political science at Creighton. The department offers minors in International Relations, Legal Studies, Political Science, and Public Policy. The general political science minor program offers a broad introduction to political science, its methodology, and the operation of public institutions and political processes in a number of contexts.

Minors offer students the opportunity to develop substantial knowledge in areas outside their majors and achieve the second and third College learning outcomes listed in the College Bulletin.

Students may not pursue a specific combination of a major with a minor if all the required courses in those programs, as shown in their respective Programs of Study, share the same three-letter prefix. (For example, a student who is majoring in Biology may not minor in Biology, since both the major and the minor require only BIO courses; but a Biology major may minor in Biological Physics since that minor, which it includes BIO credits, also includes some PHY credits.) *The fact that a required course may be cross-listed in another program of study is irrelevant to this restriction.

Please see the section titled "Minor" for more details.

Minor in International Relations

A International Relations minor is available for students majoring in another department.  The minor may complement a student’s primary major and enhance career preparation.

 

The Minor Programs

There are four ways that students can complete a minor in political science at Creighton. The department offers minors in International Relations, Legal Studies, Political Science, and Public Policy. The general political science minor program offers a broad introduction to political science, its methodology, and the operation of public institutions and political processes in a number of contexts.

Minors offer students the opportunity to develop substantial knowledge in areas outside their majors and achieve the second and third College learning outcomes listed in the College Bulletin.

Students may not pursue a specific combination of a major with a minor if all the required courses in those programs, as shown in their respective Programs of Study, share the same three-letter prefix. (For example, a student who is majoring in Biology may not minor in Biology, since both the major and the minor require only BIO courses; but a Biology major may minor in Biological Physics since that minor, which it includes BIO credits, also includes some PHY credits.) *The fact that a required course may be cross-listed in another program of study is irrelevant to this restriction.

Please see the section titled "Minor" for more details.

Courses taken in study abroad and appropriate internship experience may be considered.  The usual college rules apply.  Courses counted toward the co-major must be separate from those used to complete the major requirement in the field of concentration.