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1 University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Office Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Phone: (479) 575-3356
Fax: (479) 575-6432
Kathy Rice, KAR021@uark.edu
We invite you to join the many thousands of students who have found that studies in political science at the University of Arkansas are a proven path to successful careers in teaching, politics, research, and numerous other professions.
We offer a bachelor’s degree in political science as well as a master’s in political science (M.A.) and a master’s in public administration (M.P.A.). We have recently added a minor in urban and regional planning in conjunction with our colleagues in the Department of Landscape Architecture and a graduate certificate in Cross Sector Alliances: Public, Private and Nonprofit Collaborations, jointly offered with the MBA program in the Walton College of Business.
The Political Science Department is one of 19 departments in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. Fulbright’s legacy in international affairs remains strong in the department: faculty from Asia, Europe, and the Middle East join their American colleagues to provide you with an academic program that is both broad and deep.
While you are here, we encourage you to take advantage of internships, activities on campus and opportunities for community involvement—they are central elements of a strong liberal arts education. Our faculty will make sure that you have learned how to apply your knowledge in a variety of practical arenas.
Take a tour of the website and contact us if you have any questions.
Planned Summer Classes:
PLSC 3153-011-5466, Public Policy
PLSC 3253-011-4541, Urban Politics
PLSC 4253-011-2672 (U) and #2605 (G), US Constitution I
PLSC 4263-022-5457 (U) and #5456 (G), US Constitution II
Religious Freedoms in our Military presented by Army ROTC. Speaker: Mike Berry (Director of Military Affairs for the Liberty Institute-a religious advocacy group that advocates for religious freedom at the local, state and federal levels) Thursday, April 24, 6:30-8:00 pm, Hillside Auditorium #206.
Veterans Resource and Information Center We serve as the central point of contact for prospective or current University of Arkansas student veterans needing assistance with the admissions process, applying for military educational benefits and scholarships, and referrals to various academic departments around campus. Additionally, we maintain a large network within the community to refer students to organizations specializing in veteran services.
American Politics examines the structure and dynamics of mass behavior, public opinion and governmental institutions. It further looks at their interrelationships and their role in the political and policy process. Specifically, it studies national government institutions such as the presidency, Congress, the bureaucracy, courts, subnational governments and the federal system. Organizations such as parties, interest groups and social movements are also part of this field. Specific attention is directed to the political behavior of parties, interest groups and social movements and their influence on these institutions and public policy.
This area of of study focuses on international affairs, broadly conceived. International relations students examine foreign affairs as well as relations among state and non-state factors in the international system. The discipline draws from economics, law, organizational studies and other fields.
Comparative politics focuses on some of the same issues as International Relations, but tends to examine them more within regional contexts. Typically, faculty will focus on Asia, western or eastern Europe, Latin America, or the Middle East.
Public administration, and especially the Masters of Public Administration (M.P.A.), prepares people who pursue public service careers. These degree programs develop the skills and techniques used by leaders and managers to implement policies, projects, and programs that resolve important societal problems while addressing organizational, human resource, and budgetary challenges. Graduates work in a wide variety of public service fields and in all levels of government (federal, state, local, and regional), in nonprofits, as well as in the international arena, and in the private sector.