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Political Science professor Dr. Karen Sebold will be giving the Mortar Board Honor Society annual lecture on Tuesday October 4, at 6pm in Giffels Auditorium in Old Main. The topic will be "Figuring Out What To Do With your Life."

The Latin American and Latino Studies Program and the Diane D. Blair Center for Southern Politics and Society are hosting "Creating Latino Ethnicity: Partisan and Policy Preferences in 2016 and Beyond," a discussion of the intersection of identity and electoral politics led by Latina/o politics scholar Dr. Rudolfo O. de la Garza, who has decades of experience observing and documenting the growth of Hispanic political influence in the U.S. This event will take place on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 12:30pm in Memorial Hall 230 (AAST); lunch will be provided.

The African and African American Studies Program, along with the Department of Sociology and Fulbright College, is hosting a lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 12th, at 6:30pm in Giffels Auditorium in Old Main. The lecture, titled "W.E.B. Du Bois at the Center: From Science, to the Civil Rights Movement, to Black Lives Matter," will be given by Dr. Aldon Morris, a renowned scholar and author of The Scholar Denied: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Birth of Modern SociologyThis event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided.

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.