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Political Science

College of Arts and Sciences

Location: Crete
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A major in political sciences studies the use of authority and influence in society within legal, political, human and governmental contexts. This major combines well with Business Administration, History and other focuses.

During our program students develop an understanding of the nature of political power, interpersonal and intellectual skills, empowering students to succeed in Law or Graduate school and become effective citizens and leaders.

The Political Science department strives to foster a learning environment that emphasizes critical thinking, communication and written argument. In order to develop these skills we incorporate a variety of teaching methods in our classrooms. Our challenging, people-oriented approach develops skills that allow students to analyze the political world around them.

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Relevant Research

In an effort to stay relevant in the ever-changing political science climate, our students utilize hands-on techniques and up-to-date research. Through working on data files, running lab experiments, even co-authoring papers to be presented at professional conferences. 



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One-on-One Advising

Small class sizes allow faculty members from various departments to serve as academic advisors, increasing individualized instruction and personal interaction. 



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Academic Progress

Doane’s CORE Connection curriculum and academic requirements provide the framework to sample interest and find your passion while both keeping options open AND maintaining a pathway to a degree in four years – or less.

Program Information

Doane University’s students participate in a month, or semester-long internships, gaining hands-on work experience for college credit. Political science majors have completed at such internships at such locations as:

  • Nebraska’s Governor's Office
  • Nebraska Games & Parks Commission
  • Nebraska Secretary of State’s Office
  • Lincoln Parks & Recreation
  • Lincoln, Nebraska Mayor’s Office
  • Political Campaigns
  • State Legislators Office
  • Law Office
  • State Attorney General’s Office

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Requirements for the Political Science Major:

Complete the following:

Political Science Internship

A maximum of three political science internship credits under PSI 421 and three internship credits under PSI 425 may be counted toward the major in political science.


PSI 426 may not be counted toward the major in political science.
Tim Hill

Tim Hill

Political Science
Nick Vaccaro

Nick Vaccaro

Associate Professor
Political Science
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Kenny Benraty ’18
Political Science and Law, Politics & Society

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