Department of Political Science

428 Old Main
1 University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Office Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Phone: (479) 575-3356
Fax: (479) 575-6432

Admin Supervisor
Kathy Rice KAR021@uark.edu

Admin Specialist
Marisa Grippo mgrippo@uark.edu

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Welcome

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.

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A Message from the Chair

News

Career Development Center (CDC) seeks new name for PDI through a Student Contest. Entries accepted until Dec 1, 2014. Submit your ideas by completing a short entry form.

Advising for PLSC is done through the Fulbright College Advising Center, located at 518 MAIN.

Quality Writing Center, QWC provides face-to-face and online tutoring at our Kimpel Hall and Mullins Library locations. Tutors provide reader feedback and collaborate with student writers to help them learn revision strategies for improving their drafts.

Check out the Veterans Resource and Information Center.

Seniors - have you completed your Fulbright Senior Writing requirement?

The Political Science Department is seeking a Blair Professorship in Latino Studies. For more information, please visit our HR website and select Y15919. Please apply by October 15, but post will remain open until filled.

Latest Newsletter
Fall 2014



  • American Politics

    American Politics

    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.

    Faculty in American Politics

  • International Relations

    International Relations

    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.

    Faculty in International Relations

    Patrick Conge
    Najib Ghadbian
    Donald Kelley
    Jeff Ryan
    Ka Zeng

  • Comparative Politics

    Comparative Politics

    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.

    Faculty in Comparative Politics

    Patrick Conge
    Najib Ghadbian
    Donald Kelley
    Jeff Ryan
    Ka Zeng

  • Public Administration

    Public Administration and Nonprofit Studies

    Public administration, and especially the Masters of Public Administration and Nonprofit Studies (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.

    Faculty in Public Administration and Nonprofit Studies

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525 Old Main
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701