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.
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Congratulations to senior Political Science major Grant Addison, winner of a 2015 Truman Scholarship!
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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 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.