Students in Focus
Teaching and mentoring students is our passion in the Political Science department, but don’t just take our word for it…
My name is Britney Taylor and I am a senior at UALR. I am double majoring in Political Science and Criminal Justice. When coming to UALR I was unsure of what I wanted to study, but after taking American National Government, I realized that Political Science was the path for me. I immediately dove in and began taking more and more classes. Through the Political Science department I have learned great research methods, improved my writing abilities and learned more than I ever imagined about not only our government in the U.S., but about other countries and foreign policy as well.
Upon graduation I plan to attend law school and I am confident that I am prepared for this next step based on the experience that I have gained through the Political Science department. In addition to all that I have learned, I have met a great number of people and have had the best of professors. I truly enjoyed working with my classmates on projects and knowing that I could reach out to my instructors for help if needed. Through the department I have received scholarships for the past two years and I was initiated into the Political Science Honor Society. I would recommend this area of study to any student at UALR and I am thankful for the opportunities that I have received by being a part of the Political Science department.
–Britney Taylor, Political Science and Criminal Justice Major
After graduating from the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts, I continued my educational career at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. I became interested in politics my senior year in high school after taking a comparative politics class and an American government class. When I got to college I decided to explore the field further and fell in love.
As a Political Science and International Studies double major, I have learned so much at UALR. The department is amazing and has been there for me every step of the way. The Political Science program has allowed me to get involved in things that I never thought possible. I have participated in Model Arab League and Model United Nations conferences, and even represented UALR at the National University Model Arab League conference last spring in Washington D.C.
Recently, I returned from spending the summer as an intern in Washington D.C. with the Jewish Policy Center. While there I conducted research on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, as well as current events and policies in the Middle East. The center also provided me with the chance to sit in on Congressional hearings and prominent lectures all over D.C. I also got the chance to sit down and discuss issues facing the United States with both Congressman Tom Cotton and Senator John Boozman. These experiences would not have been possible without the Political Science faculty behind me.
Throughout my next two years at UALR I plan to study abroad in Orleans, France and even intern with the state legislature or Governor. When I graduate in 2015, I hope to continue on to law school and get a degree in international and criminal law.
–Beth Kanopsic, Political Science and International Studies Major