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    On Campus and Summer Job Fair scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 26 from 10:00-12:00 and 1:00-3:00. 

    ASG vacancy applications now available to apply for Graduate Student Congress and Senate vacancies. For more information visit asg.uark.edu/elections.

    Pi Sigma Alpha will meet Tuesday, January 24th at 5pm in Old Main 329. 


    Senior Writing Requirement 

    The J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Science requires all students to write an acceptable research/analytic paper to be submitted to the department for approval - must be submitted before Dead Day (Submission after Dead Day may delay your graduation; there is no guarantee that they can be processed.) The paper may be derived from completion of an honors essay (PLSC 499VH), a senior thesis (PLSC 498V), or another advanced course in PLSC. Students are urged to consult with their faculty adviser no later than early in the first semester of the senior year. 

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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.