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 10 courses, including Comparative Politics; at least one course each in political theory, American politics, and international politics; and an upper-level seminar. Comprehensive examinations are offered in three subfields: political theory, international politics/ comparative politics, and American politics/public law.

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.


Commencement Ceremony - Politics Students Honored
May 15, 2015
On May 10, The University of the South's 2014-15 academic year came to a close with Commencement marking graduation weekend on the Mountain. The final Convocation of the academic year included the naming of various awards and prizes including various Politics students as recipients.
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Senior Majors Awarded at Scholarship Sewanee
April 27, 2015
Senior majors Kiela Crabtree, James Szewczyk, and Taylor Yost awarded at Scholarship Sewanee.
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Senior Jimmy Szewczyk Publishes Research
April 27, 2015
Politics Department senior James Szewczyk has published a paper in the online Columbia University Journal of Politics and Society. In this paper, Szewczyk uses national public opinion survey data to explore how religious identity and religiosity affect Americans’ opinions on gay rights issues.
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