The political science curriculum at the University of Nevada, Reno is divided into five fields:
The American politics area includes all facets of the American political system: elections, parties, the presidency, legislatures, the courts, the media, bureaucracy, state and local government, public administration and interest groups. American politics courses also consider the effects of different institutional arrangements and decision rules.
The comparative politics area includes general comparative analysis of national political systems as well as comparative topics such as women in politics, revolution, terrorism, human rights and political development. It also includes the study of politics in specific areas: Western Europe, the former Soviet Union, Latin America, the Middle East, South Asia, Japan and China.
The international relations area covers interaction, cooperation and conflict among nations. It includes theories of international relations, great power politics, foreign policy, defense and national security, international law and organizations, global environmental policy, human rights and international political economy.
The political theory area includes political philosophy and its history, contemporary political ideologies, democratic theory, political ethics and evaluation.
Public Administration and Policy
There are several courses in methodology that deal with research methods and techniques for data gathering and analysis.