The J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Science requires all students to submit an acceptable research/analytic paper (or papers) to their major department in order to receive their degree. You are urged to consult with a faculty member about your Senior Writing Requirement paper no later than the first semester of your senior year.
Your Senior Writing Requirement may be derived from completion of an honors thesis,
an internship paper, or another upper-level course in PLSC. You should consult the Senior Writing Requirement Guidelines to be sure your paper(s) meet(s) all necessary requirements, then complete the Senior Writing Requirement Declaration Form, obtain your professor’s signature, and turn the completed form into the Political
Science Office in Old Main 428. This form should be submitted before Dead Day (submission after Dead Day may delay receipt of your diploma).
To receive credit for an internship, you must complete the following steps:
- Secure your internship for an elected or appointed position before the semester begins (refer to the Registrar’s Academic Semester Calendar for specific semester dates). Credit cannot be given after an internship has been completed!
- Contact a professor to supervise the academic portion of your work. Your professor determines the amount of credits you can receive for your internship (typically for an all-summer 3-credit-hour internship, students should work about 20 hours per week and complete an academic assignment; for a part-time semester-long 3-credit-hour internship, students should work about 10-15 hours per week and complete an academic assignment).
- Secure a notification in writing (generally via email) from the host agency or office that you are accepted, indicating likely work assignments and hours to be worked per week.
- Complete the Independent Study Application form with your professor and submit it to the main office (MAIN 428) in order to be signed up for your internship hour(s) (PLSC 300V for undergraduates or PLSC 592V for graduate students). UAConnect will not allow students to sign up for internship hours on their own; the form must be submitted in order to be enrolled.
NOTE: You may be able to use your internship paper to satisfy your Senior Writing Requirement, but you must check with your professor first!
If you’re looking for information about how to obtain an internship, check out our Internships resource page!
How do I get an override into a political science class?
Please email the instructor of the class and copy in the PLSC administrative specialist. In the email, include your name, student ID and the Catalog and Section numbers (Ex: PLSC 2003 – 001), along with a brief explanation as to why you need the override into the class. The instructor will reply to the email granting approval or denial. With approval (if room size permits), the administrative specialist will process the override and notify you via email; the course will then appear in your UAConnect account by the following day.
Additionally, we now have the "Wait List" feature added to most of our classes. It is up to the instructor whether they will grant an override on a wait-listed class!
NOTE: This is the override process for PLSC. Other departments and colleges may process
Where do I go for advising?
Graduate students in PLSC are advised by the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Pearl Dowe.
Advising for area studies is handled through those programs and not by department
of political science advisers. Please consult the area studies links to identify the
directors of specific programs.
How do I make appointments with faculty and advisers?
UASuccess is the university's online appointment scheduling tool for faculty, staff and students. Through the UAConnect system, students can schedule online appointments with faculty, academic advisers, scholarship advisers, and other support offices on campus that are using UASuccess.
UASuccess is accessible through Blackboard or by logging in directly to uark.starfishsolutions.com with your UARK username and password. For more information about UASuccess, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are the restrictions for taking online classes?
The Office of the Registrar has recently adopted the following policy regarding online
courses for on-campus students:
"Any student pursuing an on-campus (face-to-face) undergraduate degree from the University of Arkansas may take up to 35 percent, of the total credit hours required to complete the degree, of regular online (semester/summer) and self-paced online (correspondence) courses for degree credit."
For more information on this policy and how it may affect your course scheduling options, please visit this link.
Does the department have a Lost & Found?
Old Main does not have an official Lost & Found. If you know you lost something in
a particular building, you should check in at the nearby department office(s). Otherwise,
check the University's online Lost and Found.
Where can I get information about career development?
The Career Development Center provides career counseling, resume reviews, mock interviews, and job search
strategies. Make an appointment with them today! Their Professional Development Institute is a program offered exclusively to ALL University of Arkansas students.
How do I get a copy of my transcript?
Currently enrolled students can request an official transcript from their Student Center page in UAConnect and have the $5 fee charged to their student account. Instructions for this request can be found on the Student UAConnect Help website.
In addition to this UAConnect transcript request option, all students can request
transcripts, including electronic PDF transcripts, online at iwantmytranscript.com/uark, by mail, or in person at the Registrar’s office in Silas Hunt Hall. Complete information
on the transcript request process is available at on the Registrar's website, or by calling their office at 479-575-5451.
What is academic probation?
A student's academic status at the university is determined at the end of each term of enrollment (fall, spring, or summer) on the basis of the student's cumulative and/or term grade point average and number of hours attempted. The student's academic status governs his or her re-enrollment status and determines any conditions associated with re-enrollment or denial of enrollment for a subsequent term. The formal policy regarding academic probation, suspension, and dismissal can be found on the Catalog of Studies website.