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Information Sessions will be offered February 28 and March 14 for those interested in pursuing a master's degree in Political Science. The sessions will include information on each of the PLSC graduate programs and are open to those applicants with or without an undergraduate degree in Political Science.  

Applications for the Minna Rosenbaum Divers Memorial Scholarship are due Monday, March 6, 2017. The scholarship is presented annually in the spring semester to outstanding Political Science undergraduates who have demonstrated a commitment to, and plans for, a career in public service.  

Pi Sigma Alpha will have its February meeting Thursday, February 23 at 5 p.m. in Old Main 319. Angelos Lambis will be speaking on resumes and resume building.  

The Career Development Center provides career counseling, resume reviews, mock interviews, and job strategies. Make an appointment with them today! Their Professional Development Institute is a program offered exclusively to ALL University of Arkansas Students.

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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.