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.


Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to visit campus February 26
February 9, 2015
On February 26, former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales will visit campus. From 2005-2007, Gonzales served as head of the Department of Justice under President George W. Bush. His legal career began in Texas where he worked in private practice until he became General Counsel to then-Governor George W. Bush.
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Study in Zambia
November 5, 2014
Professor Patterson will take students to Zambia for 6 weeks (June 1-July 10, 2015) to study political, economic and social development. Coursework will examine the role of politics, social norms, gender, religion, health, and environmental issues in Zambia’s development. Courses will include site visits, speakers, discussions, and travel throughout Zambia.
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Dragojevic Authors Book on Ethnic Relations
October 9, 2014
In May 2014, Assistant Professor Mila Dragojevic published a book titled, The Politics of Social Ties: Immigrants in an Ethnic Homeland with Ashgate Press.
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