The choice of a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree is available to political science majors. If a student has a second major, the degree choice may be determined by the other major.
Department Learning Outcomes
Majors will be able to:
- Demonstrate factual knowledge (terminology, classifications, methods, trends) about US and international politics.
- Analyze fundamental principles, generalizations, or theories of politics.
- Analyze and critically evaluate ideas, arguments, and points of view.
- Apply political science content and methodology to improve thinking, problem solving, and decisions.
- Develop skill in expressing oneself orally or in writing.
Capitol Hill Internship Program
Nebraska Wesleyan University’s Capitol Hill Internship Program (CHIP) offers students the experience of living, interning, and studying in the heart of Washington, D.C. The public-affairs focused program provides students of any major with a total Washington experience through an academically rigorous program with a focus on experiential learning. In addition to interning in either government or non-governmental offices, students will discover the role of government in fields including law, the media, health care, and the arts and sciences. Challenging seminars and courses that are tailored to enrich students’ internship experiences are an integral part of the internship program.
Applicants must have a 3.00 GPA, be a junior or senior [or second semester sophomore with special consideration], and have taken POLSC 1010 United States Government and Politics or its equivalent.
Courses offered in the fall and spring semesters are:
- IDS 4700 The Washington Experience (CHIP)
- IDS 4710 The Internship Seminar (CHIP)
- POLSC 2900 Selected Topics-various topics when approved
Contact the Department Chair for more information.
This course introduces students to government and politics in the United States. Drawing upon historical documents, political science research, and contemporary examples, this course examines the context, processes, institutions, and outcomes of the U.S. political system. Through the development of social science and critical analysis skills, students will be introduced to concepts and theories central to studying political science and understanding the contemporary political environment.
Archway Curriculum: Integrative Core: Democracy Thread
Students enrolled in this course complete a 15 week, 32 hour/week internship in an organization related to various topics including politics, the law, arts, humanities, and social and natural sciences in Washington D.C. The primary goal of this course is to introduce the student to the world of practical engagement in a variety of fields in the nation's capital. A secondary goal of the course is to enrich the participants' understanding of self; sharpen their career goals; and foster networking, professional skills and civil literacy.
Prerequisite(s): Acceptance in the Capitol Hill Internship Program
Corequisite: IDS 4710 The Internship Seminar (CHIP)
Each week, interns gather (in the classroom in the CHIP building on Hill-510C St, NE) to discuss their internship and to extract its deeper meaning. The goal of the course is to expose students to generalizations about politics and related fields and how their internships are either confirming or challenging those generalizations. The readings for the course vary according to the internship placements of the students. Students are exposed to various research methodologies for understanding Washington politics and making connections to their internship. Guest speakers are used in this course.
Prerequisite(s): Acceptance into Capitol Hill Internship Program
Corequisite: IDS 4700 The Washington Experience (CHIP)
A topical course designed to investigate relevant subject matter not included in any of the standard courses. The title, content, and credit will be determined by current mutual interests of students and faculty.