- Political Science majors Grant Addison and Margaret Watermann have been chosen as Razorback Classics for 2016! This prestigious award recognizes the top 22 male and female graduating students in the Class of 2016, and is the pinnacle of the Arkansas Alumni Association awards program that started with over 500 nominations in the fall.
- The American Political Science Association recently selected Dara Gaines, a junior with a combined political science and African and African American studies
major, to attend the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute on the campus of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, from May 29 to June 30.
For the second time this year, Angie Maxwell, the Blair Professor of Southern Studies and associate professor of political science, has received a national award for her book, The Indicted South. Maxwell was honored during the Society for the Study of Southern Literature 2016 Conference, receiving the C. Hugh Holman Award, Honorable Mention, which is annually presented to the best book of literary scholarship or literary criticism in the field of southern literature.
- The Ronald W. Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center at Howard University has selected Dr. Pearl Dowe as its first scholar-in-residence, whose tenure will run from the spring semester 2016 through the summer of 2016. As a scholar-in-residence, Dr. Dowe will conduct research for her book on black women in politics, with a special emphasis on the black women serving in the U.S. Congress. She will also conduct guest lectures and participate in activities sponsored by the Walters Center and the Department of Political Science.
The Associated Student Government is now accepting applications for the Office of Financial Affairs Board, Freshman Leadership Forum Coordinator, Associate Justices, Executive Cabinet positions, and University Committee appointments for the 2016-2017 academic year. All applications are open to any University of Arkansas student who meets co-curricular eligibility. Applications and due date information are available on asgforms.uark.edu.
The King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies is pleased to announce "Killing a Daughter in the Name of Honor: the Problem of Honor Killings in North America and Europe," a special guest lecture by Lisa Avalos, associate professor at the University of Arkansas Law School. The lecture will take place at 3:30pm Thursday, April 28, in Old Main Room 208, and is free and open to the public.
The Al-Islam Student Association invites students to a seminar on "True Islam and the Extremists" from 3-5pm Friday, April 29, in Giffels Auditorium in Old Main. Qasim Rashid, a prolific writer and a spokesman for the AMC, will be the chief guest, and a question and answer session will follow his lecture. The seminar will end with catered food from Khana restaurant, and is free to all University of Arkansas students.
Areas of Study
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.
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.
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.
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.