- 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.
Congressman Bruce Westerman will speak about being an engineer in politics from 2-2:50 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2, in room 216 of the J.B. Hunt Building. Westerman (R-4th District) began his political career in 2009, when he served on the Fountain Lake School board as president. Later in 2011 Westerman moved to the Arkansas House of Representatives serving as a minority leader until 2014, and he is currently serving in the U.S. House of Representatives.
As you're beginning your new semester at the UA, we encourage you to take advantage of internships, activities on campus and opportunities for community involvement. We have Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society available to both undergraduate and graduate students. We also have a Pre-Law Society to help undergraduate students intending to go into the field of law.
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.