Finals are fast approaching and Mullins Library begins extended hours this week to give you time to prepare. Check the Libraries' hours online so you can schedule your study time and maximize your success. The library is also hosting Study Breaks throughout the week, when campus partners across will be coming to Mullins to offer students diversions, snacks, and caffeine. And remember, there's always time to schedule a research consultation – reach out to your subject librarian, or email These consultations usually take an hour and are tailored to specific research needs. Or, check out Ask-a-Librarian for answers to popular questions and access to a 24/7 live chat. 

Not sure when your final exams are being held? Check out the Spring 2016 Final Exam Schedule online, or download and print a pdf copy! And remember, during finals week, students are required to sit for no more than two final exams in a single calendar day period, so students with three or more finals in a single calendar day period have the right to an alternative exam date(s) for each exam exceeding two. Details and procedures can be found in the Final Examination Policy.  

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.