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Political Science

Why study Political Science at Hastings College?

Hastings College Political Science graduates go straight to work for employers like the FBI, the National Rifle Association and Members of Congress, serve in the Peace Corps and tackle key issues for employers in every industry imaginable from teaching to public service. They also pursue master’s, doctoral and law degrees at a number of schools, including:

  • Georgetown Law School
  • University College London
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • George Washington University
  • University of Nebraska
  • Queen's University in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Policy to Law and Everything In Between

As a Hastings College Political Science major, you’ll gain the tools necessary for understanding and critically analyzing everything from current events to political science theories – skills which are key components to so many career opportunities. Whether pursuing a career in corporate law or the non-profit sector, government service or private business, higher education or journalism, Political Science at Hastings makes you a strong candidate.

Since we’re living in a global economy – and issues around the globe impact so many businesses and organizations – at Hastings College, you’ll have an option to focus on International Studies and to join our award-winning Model UN Team. It's a great opportunity to visit the United Nations Headquarters in New York and compete against the top teams in the world!

You’ll have an opportunity to develop a research project early in your collegiate career and present at conferences such as the Midwest Undergraduate Political Science Research Conference, the Great Plains Political Science Association’s annual meeting or even the Midwest Political Science Association’s annual meeting.

Go further with a Hastings education

Hastings College professors work with you to develop a four-year plan that helps you articulate your interests and plot your educational trajectory. Our four-year guarantee is here to back it up. The mix of coursework, activities, internships and individual research projects they'll develop with you will foster your academic growth and lead to a career you'll love.

Want to see how you can graduate in four years? Check out our semester-by-semester degree plan.

Create your future

See for yourself how we tailor your education to your talents and your goals.

Schedule a visit and we’ll demonstrate how Hastings will inspire you to reach your potential.

Graduate with experience

At every stop in your path, you'll appreciate the stepping stones of teaching, counseling, inspiring, supporting and guiding from our engaged faculty.

Internships or study abroad experiences are required for Political Science majors. This pays dividends in terms of experience and networking as you approach graduation. You’ll find our students interning in a variety of areas, including prosecutors’ offices, law firms, political campaigns, the U.S. Congress, advocacy and lobbying groups and overseas with non-profit organizations.

It's an experience that's true to Hastings College, and you won't find it anywhere else.​

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Get involved beyond the political science classroom

  • Alpha Chi (Academic Honor Society)
  • Model UN

In addition to Alpha Chi and Model UN, there’s always something to do at Hastings College. Student clubs, service learning, Greek life, recreation and more make Hastings a great campus for student life.

Find scholarships for political science majors

Your high school achievements can both fuel and fund your success at Hastings. We offer a range of generous and renewable academic scholarships based on your GPA and test scores. Plus talent scholarships for everything from speech (forensics) to the arts to athletics are available.

First employers for recent graduates

  • Nebraska Attorney General’s Office
  • U.S. Navy
  • The Willa Cather Foundation
  • Colorado Republican Party
  • Community Action Partnership of Western Nebraska

Success in Political Science

After graduating from Hastings College, Emily Johnson '14 followed her food security and public policy passion and moved to the East Coast for a fellowship with the Emerson National Hunger Fellows program, after which she was accepted into the... more
Hastings College junior Suzette Escamilla Morales of Hastings, Nebraska, was awarded a Boren Scholarship to study in India this academic year. more
Two Hastings College graduates have been appointed as judges in Nebraska courts. John H. Marsh ’81 was appointed by Gov. Pete Ricketts in March to the Ninth Judicial District Court, which covers Buffalo and Hall counties, including Kearney and Grand... more
After spending the summer as a press intern in the office of one of his home state senators, Nick Musgrave returned to Hastings College with a much more clear image of what he’d like his future to look like. “This summer really solidified my strong... more
History and Political Science major Laurel Teal says she never would've considered continuing her education after the undergrad if it wasn't for Hastings College. more