Rigoberta Menchú, the Mayan activist who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992, will deliver the 2015 Winthrop Rockefeller Distinguished Lecture at 7pm Tuesday, October 13, in the Arkansas Union Verizon Ballroom at the University of Arkansas. The event is free and open to the public.

  • This month the Political Science Department will be co-hosting Pathways to International Careers, an all-day event which will be held on Wednesday, October 21 in the W.R. Reynolds Center. The event is only open to 50 students, so an RSVP is required to attend. Please click here to see a tentative schedule for the event.

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.