Program Overview

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

To accomplish these goals, our students are exposed to both the theory and practice of politics. The department’s faculty covers a broad range of substantive specializations, encompassing American politics, comparative politics, constitutional law, international relations, and political theory.

Our courses 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 provide a solid background to help our students to excel as leaders in a variety of fields, including politics, government service, law, teaching, and business.

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Program Details

Admission Requirements

After admission to UA Little Rock, any student may be admitted to the program. Undergraduate admission requirements for the university can be found in our “Become a Student” section.

Graduation Requirements

Students are required to complete 120 minimum total hours, including 36 hours of major requirements, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence. This program requires second-language proficiency. See the Undergraduate Catalog or contact the program advisor for more information.

Program Advisor

Eric Wiebelhaus-Brahm, Ph.D.|Associate Professor
School of Public Affairs
501.916.6055 |


UALR is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, affiliated with the Electronic Campus of the Southern Regional Education Board, and designated as “doctoral/research intensive” by the Carnegie Foundation.


UA Little Rock makes every effort to meet special accommodation and access needs. For information on specific accommodations for individuals with disabilities, you may contact the department sponsoring the class you wish to attend, call eLearning at 501.916.3003, or the Office of Disability Support Services at 501.916.3143. The Disability Support Services website, provides information about the accommodation process and online forms to apply for services.

Cost per credit hour: $280

University Standard Core Courses (18-21 hours)

First Year Experience (Choose 3 hours)

College of Business students may take BSAD 1100 for equivalent.

PEAW 1300 First Year Colloquium (3 credit hours)

Communication – Written (Choose 3 - 6 hours)

(Select 1 set)
RHET 1311 AND RHET 1312
RHET 1320 Honors Composition

RHET 1311 Composition I (3 credit hours)
RHET 1312 Composition II (3 credit hours)
RHET 1320 Honors Composition (3 credit hours)

College Core Courses (14 hours)

Required Courses (36 hours)

Field Experience (Choose one of the following or subfield/elective)

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. Check with your advisor on meeting this requirement.

- 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.

POLS 3338 Cooperative Education in Political Science I & II (3 credit hours)
POLS 3339 Cooperative Education in Political Science I & II (3 credit hours)
POLS 3348 Internship I (3 credit hours)
POLS 4348 Internship II (3 credit hours)

Elective Courses (12 hours)

Political Science Electives (Choose 12 hours)

Choose three upper-level political science courses. Some electives may meet the field experience requirement. Check with your advisor on meeting this requirement.

Upper Level Electives (Choose 12 hours)

Completion of 12 hours of upper level courses outside of the program