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    Come join one of our 3 credit hour Special Topics classes for the January 2017 Intersessions - PLSC 400V. Section 001-Politics on Film and Section 003-Campaign Finance/'16 Presidential Election.

    Spring 2017 Classes

    • PLSC 390V-003-10597, Latina/o Political Thought, TuTh 11-12:15 pm.
    • PLSC 400V-001-11671 (U) and 11670 (G), Gender and Policy in the MEST, TuTh 3:30-4:45 pm.
    • PLSC 5113-001-7713, Sem: HR Management, Tu 6-8:30 pm.
    • PLSC 5153-001-10602, Environmental Politics/Policy, M 6-8:30 pm.
    • PLSC 5203-001-10599, Sem: American Political Inst, W 2-4:30 pm.
    • PLSC 5503-001-6987, Comparative Political Analysis, M 2-4:30 pm.
    • PLSC 5833-001-8973, Sem: Contemporary Intl. Problems, M 6-8:30 pm.

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    Get your MA in Political Science with IR Specialization! Contact Dr. Dowe at pkford@uark.edu for more information. IR students will take: Politics of East Asia, Latin America and the Middle East; Creating Democracies; Chinese Foreign Policy; Comparative Political Analysis; Political Economy of East Asia; and History.

    Areas of Study

    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.



    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.