Professor Karen Sebold Talks Politics on KNWA TodayMPA Student Melissa Terry Presents at Food Waste & Hunger SummitGraduate Coordinator Andrew Dowdle Receives Student Programs AwardGraduate Students Creed Tumlison and Rachael Moyer Present at National ConferenceMPA Graduate Students Present Policy Analysis ProjectsMPA Student Ethan Hunter Receives Management Award



Applications for Associated Student Government Senate and Graduate Student Congress vacancies and Freshman Leadership Forum membership are available now through Aug. 30There is a separate online application for each opportunity, and students should log in with a valid email address. More information on these positions can be found at

As you're beginning your new semester at the UA, we encourage you to take advantage of internshipsactivities 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


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.