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:

Legal Studies Minor

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:

  • Law
  • Business
  • Public administration
  • Journalism or public relations
  • Community service agencies
  • Public affairs
  • Education
  • 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.

What You'll Learn

  • 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:

Student Organizations

  • 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.

  • 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.


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.

Research Opportunities

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.

Admissions Requirements

Learn about general admission requirements at Creighton University or find out how to transfer credits to Creighton.

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