Department of Political Science

General Information | Degree Requirements | Courses (International Studies-INTS and Political Science-POLS

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Chairperson:
Giammo, Joseph D., Associate Professor

Professors:
Anderson, Joel E.
Rice, Daryl H.
Scranton, Margaret E.

Associate Professor:
Drummond, Andrew

Assistant Professors:
Glazier, Rebecca
Shufeldt, Gregory
Wiebelhaus-Brahm, Eric

Instructor:
Clemmer, Ann V.

The Department of Political Science offers courses for students interested in understanding government and politics at the international, national, state, and local levels.

The mission of the department is to provide students with both a substantive knowledge of politics and the skills necessary to make use of that knowledge effectively, not only as private citizens participating in a democracy, but also in a wide range of careers. The department has implemented a program of assessment to measure achievement of these objectives. Students in the department are exposed to both the theory and practice of politics. The departmentā€™s faculty covers a broad range of substantive specializations, encompassing American politics, comparative politics, constitutional law, international relations, and political theory. Courses in the department also strive to instill in students a number of important skills, including critical thinking, analysis, writing, and the practical application of ideas to real world situations. The combination of substantive knowledge and practical skills instilled by courses in the department provides a solid background to help our students to excel as leaders in a variety of fields, including politics, government service, law, teaching, and business.

General Information

Knowledge Goals

Students majoring in political science will be exposed to a wide range of substantive information about the world of politics, covering subjects such as:

  • The history, characteristics, and impact of political institutions and systems, including international, national, state, and local governments
  • The behavior of individual actors at both the mass and elite levels
  • The processes involved in creating government policy and the impact of those policies
  • The debates over the normative foundations of the state, the scope of its activities, and the nature of justice

Skill Goals

Students majoring in political science will develop practical and marketable skills which will help them to apply that knowledge to any number of career paths. These skills include:

  • Critical thinking - the ability to read and evaluate primary texts, ideas, theories, and political analysis
  • Analysis/Research – the ability to pose and answer questions effectively
  • Argumentation/Persuasion – the ability to use logic and evidence to build a persuasive argument
  • Written and Verbal Communication - the ability to communicate ideas clearly on paper or through oral presentations
  • Working in Groups – the ability to effectively coordinate with others on a project
  • Practical Applications – the ability to take information gained through coursework and use it effectively in real world or simulated exercises

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Degrees Available

The Department offers the following majors and minors:


Secondary Teacher Licensure

See ā€œSecondary Teacher Licensureā€ for details and contact the Department of Political Science as soon as possible for program advising.


Minor in Political Science

A minor in political science requires 18 credit hours, including POLS 1310 American National Government, POLS 2301 Introduction to Political Science, and at least 9 hours of upper-level courses.
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Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

General: 120 minimum total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit (See page 25 for requirement details.)

Core (44 hours)

See page (See page 25 for requirement details.

Second Language Proficiency (0-9 hours)

Completion of 2000-level second language course or demonstrate equivalent proficiency. See page (See page 26 for details.

Major (33 hours)

Political Science Foundation Courses (6 hours)
    POLS 1310 American National Government (Also counts toward the core)
    POLS 2301 Introduction to Political Science (Also counts toward the core)
American Politics (6 hours)
    POLS 3300 American Political Parties
    POLS 3303 American State and Local Government
    POLS 3305 Elections and Public Opinion
    POLS 3320 The American Presidency
    POLS 3350 Arkansas Government and Politics
    POLS 4350 Constitutional Law: Governmental Powers
    POLS 4351 Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties
International Politics (6 hours)
    POLS 3360 Comparative Governments: Western
    POLS 3365 European Union
    POLS 3370 Comparative Politics: Developing Areas
    POLS 4320 American Foreign Policy
    POLS 4331 International Organizations
    POLS 4340 International Relations
Normative and Empirical Analysis (3 hours)
    POLS 3302 Methods of Political Inquiry
    POLS 3304 Qualitative Methods in Political Science
    POLS 3390 American Political Thought
    POLS 4380 Classical Political Theory
    POLS 4390 Modern Political Theory
    POLS 4395 Research-Intensive Seminar
Field Experience

Students must complete one of the following. Coursework taken to satisfy this requirement may also be used to satisfy a subfield or elective requirement for the major.

    POLS 3338 Cooperative Education in Political Science I
    POLS 3339 Cooperative Education in Political Science II
    POLS 3348 Internship I
    POLS 4348 Internship II

Any POLS course with a service learning component Any travel course or study abroad program
A paid or volunteer position of at least 15 weeks with a government agency, elected official, campaign, interest group, or other politically-oriented organization. (Students taking this option will not receive course credit, but will have the requirement waived.) In order to use this option to satisfy the requirement, students must provide evidence of the position and submit a paper describing the work that they did to the internship coordinator for approval.

Electives (12 hours)

Four upper-level political science (POLS) courses.

Minor (12-29 hours-Typical minor requires 18 hours)

Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), or 30 hours in residence.
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Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with Secondary Education Licensure

General: 120 minimum total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit (See page 25 for requirement details.)

Core (44 hours)

See page (See page 25 for requirement details.

Second Language Proficiency (0-9 hours)

Completion of 2000-level second language course or demonstrate equivalent proficiency. See page (See page 26 for details.

Major (33 hours)

Political Science Foundation Courses (6 hours)
    POLS 1310 American National Government (Also counts toward the core)
    POLS 2301 Introduction to Political Science (Also counts toward the core)
American Politics (6 hours)
    POLS 3300 American Political Parties
    POLS 3303 American State and Local Government
    POLS 3305 Elections and Public Opinion
    POLS 3320 The American Presidency
    POLS 3350 Arkansas Government and Politics
    POLS 4350 Constitutional Law: Governmental Powers
    POLS 4351 Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties
International Politics (6 hours)
    POLS 3360 Comparative Governments: Western
    POLS 3365 European Union
    POLS 3370 Comparative Politics: Developing Areas
    POLS 4320 American Foreign Policy
    POLS 4331 International Organizations
    POLS 4340 International Relations
Normative and Empirical Analysis (3 hours)
    POLS 3302 Methods of Political Inquiry
    POLS 3304 Qualitative Methods in Political Science
    POLS 3390 American Political Thought
    POLS 4380 Classical Political Theory
    POLS 4390 Modern Political Theory
    POLS 4395 Research-Intensive Seminar
Field Experience

Students must complete one of the following. Coursework taken to satisfy this requirement may also be used to satisfy a subfield or elective requirement for the major.

    POLS 3338 Cooperative Education in Political Science I
    POLS 3339 Cooperative Education in Political Science II
    POLS 3348 Internship I
    POLS 4348 Internship II

Any POLS course with a service learning component Any travel course or study abroad program
A paid or volunteer position of at least 15 weeks with a government agency, elected official, campaign, interest group, or other politically-oriented organization. (Students taking this option will not receive course credit, but will have the requirement waived.) In order to use this option to satisfy the requirement, students must provide evidence of the position and submit a paper describing the work that they did to the internship coordinator for approval.

Electives (12 hours)

Four upper-level political science (POLS) courses.

Minor (12-29 hours-Typical minor requires 18 hours)

Students who want to complete the Political Science major with secondary teacher licensure must complete both the Secondary Education and Social Studies minors. (See “Secondary Teacher Licensure” for details.)

Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), or 30 hours in residence.
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International Studies

Stabler Hall 603, (501) 683-7029, Website
The international studies program embraces an interdisciplinary curriculum which emphasizes global awareness in preparation for careers in international service. It enhances the development of advanced foreign language and communication skills and offers crucial insights into the scope of international and global problems.

The international studies curriculum is designed for students interested in seeking employment with a U.S. agency or company involved in international affairs, or attracted to work experience overseas. Military and diplomatic service, commercial enterprises, educational agencies, and development and human rights organizations offer opportunities for persons wellā€versed in global concerns. In addition, the international studies major provides a solid foundation for potential graduate study in the social sciences, the humanities, journalism, and international business and law.

Because of the rigorous nature and the complexity of this curriculum, students are encouraged to contact the international studies coordinator during their freshman year to become familiar with the program and to discuss a feasible course of study.

Admission Requirements

Prerequisites for formal admission to the international studies program include having a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 and completion of the following courses:

    RHET 1311 Composition I
    RHET 1312 Composition II
    HIST 1311 History of Civilization I
    HIST 1312 History of Civilization II
    GEOG 2310 World Regions
    or GEOG 2312 Cultural Geography
    FREN or SPAN 1311, 1312 (or equivalent)
    ECON 2301 Survey of Economics

Additional prerequisites for students seeking an international studies degree with a business emphasis include:

    MKTG 2380 Legal Environment of Business

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Major in International Studies

The international studies program comprises a major/minor consisting of 45-48 hours. The curriculum is divided into a set of International Studies foundation courses and an area of concentration.

Area of Concentration

ana at ali's mosque_optIn addition to the International Studies foundation courses the student will select an area of concentration. Options include Latin America, Europe, a private track emphasis, or an area designed by the student with the advisor’s approval. Possible choices include, but are not limited to; East Asian Studies, International Women’s Issues, Middle Eastern studies, or a diplomatic, environmental, or a developing nations emphasis. The area concentration consists of 18 hours of thematically clustered courses from various academic disciplines, an advanced foreign language course in culture or literature, an internship or cooperative education work experience, and a senior paper connected with the student’s specialization.

Minor in International Studies

The minor in international studies is designed for students who have an interest in foreign cultures and global affairs and would like to complement their major or career related field with foreign language and international skills.

The international studies minor consists of 21 hours. Students must complete an intermediate foreign language course (2311 or above), INTS 2301 and 2302, and 4 hours of related upper-level courses chosen in consultation with the international studies coordinator.
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Bachelor of Arts in International Studies Private Sector

General: 120 minimum total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit (See page 25 for requirement details.)

Core (44 hours)

See page (See page 25 for requirement details.

Second Language Proficiency (0-9 hours)

Completion of 2000-level second language course or demonstrate equivalent proficiency. See page (See page 26 for details.

Major (54 hours)

Program Prerequisites (9 hours)
    ECON 2310 Survey of Economics (Also counts towards core)
    MKTG 2380 Legal Environment of Business
3 hours from Geography Courses:
    GEOG 2312 Cultural Geography (Also counts towards core)
    GEOG 2310 World Regions
International Studies Foundation Courses (21 hours)
    INTS 2301 World Cultures
    INTS 2302 Global Issues
    INTS 4101 Senior Research Project: Proposal
    INTS 4102 Senior Research Project: Paper
    INTS 4103 Senior Research Project: Presentation
    INTS 4350 Internship
    MKTG 3350 Principals of Marketing
    RHET 3300 Introduction to Research Methods
    SPCH 4312 Intercultural Communication
Second Language (6 hours)

Two upper level courses in a foreign language (3000-4000 level)

Statistics (3 hours)
    STAT 2350 Introduction to Statistics
    ECON 2310 Business Statistics
Electives (12 hours)

Three courses (9 hours) upper level international business courses chosen in consultation with the International Studies adviser

Two courses (6 hours) upper level cultural/political courses chosen in consultation with the International Studies adviser

Minor (none required)

Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), or 30 hours in residence.
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Bachelor of Arts in International Studies Public Sector

General: 120 minimum total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit (See page 25 for requirement details.)

Core (44 hours)

See page (See page 25 for requirement details.

Second Language Proficiency (0-9 hours)

Completion of 2000-level second language course or demonstrate equivalent proficiency. See page (See page 26 for details.

Major (54 hours)

Program Prerequisites (9 hours)
    ECON 2310 Survey of Economics (Also counts towards core)
3 hours from Geography Courses:
    GEOG 2312 Cultural Geography (Also counts towards core)
    GEOG 2310 World Regions
International Studies Foundation Courses (21 hours)
    INTS 2301 World Cultures
    INTS 2302 Global Issues
    INTS 4101 Senior Research Project: Proposal
    INTS 4102 Senior Research Project: Paper
    INTS 4103 Senior Research Project: Presentation
    INTS 4350 Internship
    MKTG 3350 Principals of Marketing
    RHET 3300 Introduction to Research Methods
    SPCH 4312 Intercultural Communication
Second Language (6 hours)

Two upper level courses in a foreign language (3000-4000 level)

Statistics (3 hours)
    STAT 2350 Introduction to Statistics
    ECON 2310 Business Statistics
Electives (21 hours)

One course (3 hours) upper-level Political Science course (3000-4000 level) in comparative or international politics

Four courses (12 hours) of upper-level clustered courses chosen in consultation with the International Studies adviser

Two courses (6 hours) of upper-level designated courses chosen in consultation with the International Studies adviser

Minor (none required)

Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), or 30 hours in residence.
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Minor in Presidential Studies

Joseph Giammo, Coordinator

The Presidential Studies minor enables students to gain a greater understanding of the presidency as an institution and as an actor within several arenas: government and politics, the economy, media and communications, and culture and society. As an interdisciplinary minor, Presidential Studies allows students to study multiple approaches for understanding the presidency and different aspects of presidential behavior, the executive branch, and public policy. Course work in the program is designed to enhance studentsā€™ understanding of how the presidency and executive branch operate and the institutionā€™s impact on society at home and abroad.

The minor is well suited to combine with a major in Political Science, History, Mass Communications, Rhetoric and Writing, Speech Communication, and Professional and Technical Writing. This minor may be chosen as one of the concentrations in the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies curriculum. The minor requires 21 hours. Students who declare the minor must be advised by the coordinator.

Studentsā€™ individual needs and interests are important considerations in the course selection and advising process. During registration, students should confirm with the coordinator that the courses they plan to take meet the requirements for the minor. Students who plan to take online courses or courses at other campuses must first seek written approval from the coordinator and apply for concurrent enrollment.

Minor in Presidential Studies

Required Courses (6 hours)

    POLS 3320 The American Presidency
    POLS 4360 Selected Topics in Political Science: Presidential Studies
History Requirements (6 hours)
    HIST 3352 American Revolution, 1763-1787
    HIST 3353 The New Republic: The US, 1787-1848
    HIST 3355 American Civil War and Reconstruction, 1848-1876
    HIST 3356 The Gilded Age: The US, 1876-1900
    HIST 3357 The Age of Reform: The US, 1900-1939
    HIST 3358 Recent America: The US, 1939-present
    HIST 4385 U.S. Diplomatic History
    HIST 4387 Great Decisions in American Foreign Policy (if not taken below as POLS 4387)
Political Science Requirements (6 hours)
    POLS 3301 Seminar in Political Science
    POLS 3331 Public Administration (if not taken below as PADM 3331)
    POLS 4345 The Clinton Presidency
    POLS 4350 Constitutional Law: Governmental Powers
    POLS 4387 Great Decisions in American Foreign Policy (if not taken above as HIST 4387)
One course from the following (3 hours)
    RHET 4306 Writing for Business and Government
    PADM 3331 Public Administration (if not taken above as POLS 3331)
    HIST 4391 Seminar in United States History
    HIST 4395 History Internship
    POLS 3348 Internship I
    POLS 4348 Internship II
    PSYC 4290, 4390 Senior Seminar
    SPCH 4313 Seminar: Topics in Communication
    MCOM 4384 Topics in Journalism
    MCOM 4370 Special Topics: RTVF
    RHET 4347 Topics in Nonfiction Writing

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Middle Eastern Studies

Clea Bunch, Chair
Faculty: Clea Bunch, Department of History
Rebecca Glazier, Department of Political Science
Simon Hawkins, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Krista Lewis, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Eric Wiebelhaus-Brahm, Department of Political Science
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The Middle Eastern Studies minor is an interdisciplinary program that gives student the opportunity to study the Middle East in-depth by combining existing course offerings from a number of disciplines. The minor is available to students from a wide variety of majors, and is particularly valuable option for students majoring in International Studies, Political Science, Anthropology, or History. The minor consists of 18 credit hours, including three required upper-division courses in politics, cultures and history of the Middle East, and three elective courses with a focus on the Middle East. The list of available elective courses is expanding.

The minor is a part of a broader Middle Eastern Studies Program, funded by the King Fahd endowment. The program offers, on competitive basis, grants for Middle Eastern Studies students studying at UALR and for UALR faculty with interest in the Middle East. The program also supports a series of monthly lectures and events on the Middle East. For further information, please contact the program chair.

Minor description:
The minor requires 18 upper level hours to include:
    POLS 4375/5375 Politics of the Middle East
    ANTH 3319 Cultures of the Middle East
    HIST 3336 Islam and the Modern Middle East OR
    HIST 4390 ā€œIslamic Civilization 600-1900ā€
and 9 hours of elective credit selected from courses with a Middle Eastern focus including the following courses:
    POLS 3301 Global Terrorism
    RELS 3370 Judaism
    RELS 3336 Islam
    ANTH 4325 Egyptology
    GEOG 4300 Geography of the Middle East
    POLS 3101 Model Arab League

Students can transfer their credits for other minor-related coursework, including study of Middle Eastern Languages. Other elective courses may be substituted with prior consent of the program coordinator.
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