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.