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We, as a department, are firmly committed to assisting all our students on their journey towards greater justice in our society and the communities in which we live. Students represent our next generation of thought leaders and the agents of change. As political scientists, we understand, that in a system that reinforces unjust power structures and perpetuates racism, silence is an act of complicity. Therefore, we stand with those who seek to dismantle those structures and devote ourselves to listening and learning from those who suffer under them. We are, as well, firmly committed to equipping our students with analytical tools to assist in the realization of a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive society.

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Bill Schreckhise

Dear Students, Parents, Alumni, and Friends,

Welcome to the Department of Political Science. We are very glad you found us.

As you might already know, our department consists of a diverse group of outstanding faculty members. They have been recognized for their excellent instruction. They bring to the classroom their pioneering, award-winning research in campaign finance, trade policy, minority politics, international law, citizenship, political humor, foreign aid and development, and much more. They work with local, state, and federal governments and a wide array of nonprofit organizations.

If you are an undergraduate student searching for an academic home, our Department of Political Science is a great place for you. Although nearly 600 UA students call their major Political Science, our upper-division courses have fewer than 40 students per class. In our courses, you will develop expertise in any number of areas including American politics, legal studies, international affairs, comparative politics, southern studies, and public administration. Our professors will expose you to theory, make you write, teach you to think, and let you apply what you have learned in hands-on simulations and service learning projects. You can earn course credit by interning in Congressional offices and other workplace settings.

If you are exploring graduate programs, you should know our department offers an M.A. in Political Science and a Master in Public Administration and Nonprofit Studies. Both programs are student-centered and rigorous, featuring small class sizes of roughly 10 students in each seminar. We also offer two joint graduate programs with the University of Arkansas' law school: the J.D./M.A. Dual Program and the J.D./M.P.A. Dual Program. In these programs, you can earn both degrees one year earlier than you would if you pursued each degree individually. 

It is an excellent time to study political science. Doing so can lead to an exciting and rewarding career. Our graduates have gone on to lead nonprofits and government agencies, to serve in Congress, and to advise governors and presidents.

Thank you for your interest in our department. If you have any question about our programs, feel free to call our office at 479-575-3356 or stop by on the fourth floor of Old Main. We look forward to talking with you.

Bill Schreckhise
Chair, Department of Political Science
428 Old Main



Graduate Degree Programs

MA Political Science


The M.A. degree in Political Science is designed to give students further training in selected areas of concentration within the discipline and to prepare them for careers in academe or public service. Courses are offered in three areas of study: American politics, comparative politics and international relations, and public administration and 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.

JD/MA Dual Degree Program

JD/MA Dual Degree Program

The School of Law and the department of political science provide a dual J.D. and M.A. in international law and politics. Graduates from the program are likely to find employment in occupational areas such as: International trade at the corporate level and International economic development and promotion at the state and local levels.

JD/MPA Dual Degree Program

JD/MPA Dual Degree Program

The J.D./M.P.A. dual degree program permits students to gain both degrees concurrently in a shorter amount of time that if the degrees were earned independently. The dual degree can be valuable for persons seeking careers as municipal managers, administrators of judicial and quasi-judicial organizations, staff members in governmental agencies, and legislative researchers, among others.