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.