Political Science

Why study Political Science at Hastings College?

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 UN Headquarters in New York and compete against the top teams in the world!

Our professors work with you to develop a four-year action plan that helps you articulate your interests and plot your educational trajectory. 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.

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 annual meeting or even the Midwest Political Science Association’s annual meeting.

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

Hastings College political science majors regularly earn scholarships to study at the best graduate and law schools in the country. They also earn prestigious awards like the Fulbright Fellowship and the Boren Scholarship, enabling them to work and study abroad and later work in federal service.

They pursue master’s, doctorates and law degrees at a number of schools, including:

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

You'll also find that some of our 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.

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Student and alumni success

Senior Alexis Ferguson finds that listening to the voices of the people at the local level is where she feels she can make the most impact. more
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
Daniel Pauley '07 currently works as a business and estate attorney at Dunmire, Fisher & Hastings, located in Hastings, Nebraska. more