Political Science degrees

Why study political science?

Political science is the only major where one can obtain practical knowledge and at the same time gain insights into the great political issues of our age. When students study political science, students will build a foundation of political knowledge and gain a better understanding of the presidency, Congress, international relations, political ideologies and political theory. The political science major is also great preparation for pre-law students or students interested in law after graduation.

The Department of Political Science offers a number of bachelor’s and master's programs, as well as a doctoral degree designed to provide students with the critical thinking and communication skills that allow them to succeed after graduation.

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  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

    Political science is the study of power—who wields it and to what end. Political science majors study how governments interact with individuals or other governments and examine the results of those interactions.

  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Secondary Education

    The Bachelor of Arts with majors in Secondary Education and Political Science provides students with a broad background in political science and allow students to take all the necessary courses to meet state licensure to teach social studies, together with secondary teaching certification. Students who successfully complete the program are prepared to pursue secondary school teaching, graduate school, or an immediate career in a professional field.

  • Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs

    The International Affairs Program is an interdisciplinary major for undergraduate students, as well as a venue for various community outreach projects. Areas of study and the departments offering courses for International Affairs students include economics, geography, history, political science, foreign languages and cultures.

  • Political Science Minor

    Students who choose to minor in political science can choose to study from four interest subjects: general, foreign affairs, public administration and public policy, and American government.

  • Asian Studies Minor

    A minor in Asian Studies is offered through the College of Liberal Arts and is coordinated by the International Affairs program. It is supported by Chinese and Japanese language instruction on campus and by Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Thai language instruction available through the University of Nevada, Reno's University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) programs in China, Japan, Korea and Thailand.

  • Latin American Studies Minor

    An undergraduate minor in Latin American Studies is offered through the College of Liberal Arts and coordinated by the International Affairs Program. It includes study of Spanish beyond the minimum college requirement and integrates regional courses taught through six cooperating departments and programs. It also takes advantage of established University Studies Abroad Consortium programs in Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico and Spain.

  • Renewable Energy Minor

    The renewable energy minor provides students with the technical skills, economic and political background, and analysis and design skills needed to apply the knowledge gained in their major to the nationally important issues of alternative and renewable energy.

  • Accelerated Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts in Political Science

    The Accelerated B.A./M.A. combination degree option allows undergraduate students to pursue coursework to complete their Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts political science degrees in five years. The program culminates in either a thesis or non-thesis M.A. degree suitable for students pursuing careers in public service, public administration, nongovernmental organizations or further study in a doctoral program outside the University of Nevada, Reno.

  • Master of Arts in Political Science

    The Master of Arts in political science offers students an opportunity for advanced, specialized courses in the discipline of political science, leading to a graduate degree. It also prepares for a career in teaching, politics, public service and government or to complement their present careers.

  • Master of Public Administration in Political Science

    The Master of Public Administration program prepares students for careers in public administration and policy analysis while improving managerial competence of persons presently in public service through the advanced study of administrative processes and problems, and through an increased understanding of policy issues and research skills.

  • Ph.D. in Political Science

    The strength of the Ph.D. program in political science lies in its small size and the diversity of its faculty. Students accepted into the doctoral program are expected to have a major and minor field in the areas the department offers as specializations, which include: American politics, comparative politics, international relations, public administration, or public policy.