Students in this program are trained in the competing values and interests that guide politics. Topics include the nature of political change; the characteristics of different government institutions and leaders; conflict resolution between and within states; political ideas, culture, discourse, and economy; and the politics of gender, race, and class.

Majors take at least eleven courses, including two introductory courses; at least three courses in our eight concentrations (law and justice, national institutions and policies, global institutions and policies, development and political economy, conflict and peace, identity and diversity, citizenship, and political action); and an upper-level seminar, which counts toward the concentration requirement. Comprehensive examinations are offered in each of the concentrations, and students answer one question from each of their chosen concentrations.

The Tonya Public Affairs Internship program grants stipends to students to take unpaid public affairs internships. Students work in state and local government and in Washington, D.C., on Capitol Hill and at the White House. Past placements include the Arkansas Supreme Court, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the National Women’s Business Council, and the Ecological Society of America.

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Lettre, C '94 Confirmed as Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence
February 2, 2016
In December 2015, Marcel Lettre, C '94 accomplished something that few can in Washington, DC these days. He was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate for a position in the Obama Administration.
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Crowder-Meyer Wins Sophonisba Breckinridge Award (Again!)
January 20, 2016
A paper co-authored by Professor Crowder-Meyer and presented at the 2015 Midwest Political Science Association annual meeting has been awarded a prize for best paper on women and politics.
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Uganda Field Study 2016
November 17, 2015
Human Rights focused Study Abroad Opportunity in Uganda East Africa. Beginning in Easter semester 2016 the Politics department will offer a series of two new two credit courses on human rights, one with a study abroad component.
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