• Patrick Stewart recently published an article in the New York Times print edition entitled "In Defense of ‘Gotcha’ Questions," in which he examines Republican presidential candidates' responses to potentially controversial questions in light of the upcoming primary debates.

  • Pearl Dowe has been chosen as one of four UA professors to receive an SEC Visiting Faculty Travel Grant for the 2015/2016 academic year. Dr. Dowe will visit the University of Florida, where she will conduct interviews and hold focus groups for her forthcoming book, Sister Strength: The Political Behavior of African American Women. She will also access the African American Collection in the George A. Smathers Libraries at the university.

  • The 17th annual Arkansas Poll found an electorate more pessimistic about the economy and more optimistic about healthcare than in previous years while the majority of respondents also said they have an unfavorable opinion of the healthcare reform law. The poll, which was designed and analyzed by Janine Parry, has a track record over its 17-year history of coming within 2 points of actual election outcomes.


Political Science will be offering two Special Topics (PLSC 400V) courses for the January 2016 Intersession: Politics on Film with Dr. Janine Parry and Syria's Conflict & the Rise of ISIS with Dr. Najib Ghadbian!

The last Pre-Law Society meeting of the semester will be held from 4:30-5:30 on Wednesday, Dec. 2, in Arkansas Union 507-508. They will be electing officers, but also talking about the direction that the Society is going for next semester. So if you have ever been interested in joining, or would like to test the waters, this is the perfect opportunity!

The Graduate School will host a preview day for prospective graduate students on Friday, Dec. 4. Students who attend will learn about completing a competitive graduate application, funding opportunities and graduate student life at the U of A. Participants will also meet one-on-one with graduate faculty members in their department of interest and learn about research being conducted. Interested students must register by Dec. 2nd in order to attend.

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.