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Political Science

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School of Arts and Sciences

A political science major studies the use of authority and influence in society within legal, political, human and governmental contexts. This flexible program is designed to:

  • develop an understanding of the nature of political power, so students can become effective citizens and leaders
  • provide knowledge and develop the intellectual skills enabling students to successfully enter and complete law school and graduate school
  • develop the talents of students for future leadership

A political science major or minor combines well with business administration, history and other majors.

Courses of Study

The political science major includes a variety of course offerings, in such areas as American politics, political parties and behavior, international politics, legislative and executive behavior, state and local politics, constitutional law, current legal issues, 20th century world history, and political thought.

Internship Opportunities

Doane students may participate in month-long or semester-long internships, gaining hands-on work experience for college credit. Plans for a large-scale D.C. internship program are currently being developed. Political science majors have completed internships at such locations as:

  • Nebraska governor's office
  • Nebraska Games & Parks Commission
  • Nebraska secretary of state's office
  • Lincoln Parks and Recreation
  • Lincoln, Neb., mayor's office
  • political campaigns
  • state legislator's office
  • law offices
  • state attorney general's office

Experience Washington

The Experience Washington program is designed for juniors and seniors who wish to experience politics firsthand. For one semester, students live and work in the Washington, D.C. area, receiving a full semester's credit for their time there. Four days a week, students get the opportunity to learn about the political process firsthand at an internship of their choosing. One day a week they attend classes sponsored by the Washington Internship Institute. Students may pursue any type of internship that interests them, and need not be political science majors to participate in the program. Faculty approval is required. You can learn more about the Washington Internship Institute at If you have questions about the Experience Washington program, please contact the program's director: