Political Science

Do you follow politics with a passion and want to develop your interests into a successful and rewarding career? As a Political Science major at the University of Central Arkansas you will study political philosophies and systems, structures of government, political institutions, electoral behavior, public policy, and intergovernmental relations in America and around the world. We even offer a minor in Presidential Studies, focusing on how the Chief Executive influences, and in turn is influenced by, other institutions in the making of national policy. Our program provides a comprehensive knowledge of politics and provides students with skills in critical thinking and analysis, research, writing, and public speaking that will prepare you for graduate and professional programs, law school, and careers in numerous fields including law, politics, education, business, law enforcement, government and the military.

As a Political Science major at UCA, you’ll have access to all of the distinct advantages that make the UCA experience special. Just a few of the benefits of our program include:

  • Expert Faculty with diverse professional and academic credentials who are deeply committed to the success of their students, both in the classroom and in the future. Our professors use a variety of teaching methods including group-work, case studies, simulations, student research and presentations, and service learning opportunities. Additionally, our professors establish personal connections with their students, offering individual attention and mentoring throughout their education, including Pre-Law Advising with Dr. Tom McInnis.
  • Educating for Global Engagement (EDGE) offers students internships, undergraduate research, service learning, and study abroad opportunities, such as travel to Estonia, Latvia, Finland, and Russia. To find out more about the possibilities associated with this program, visit the EDGE webpage at: http://uca.edu/liberalarts/edgeplan/.
  • Professional Development through a variety of undergraduate research projects, including co-authoring of faculty research and faculty mentored honors theses; service learning opportunities, in which students present their work to the organization for which they are volunteering; as well as the opportunity to participate in and present papers at the annual Arkansas Political Science Association conference, where students can learn from and network with peers, faculty, and professionals in the field. Students are also able to apply for numerous internships locally, nationally, and even overseas with government agencies, elected officials, political parties, non-profit organizations, political campaigns, lobbying groups, the Washington Center (which places students in D.C. intern positions), and the William J. Clinton Presidential Foundation in Little Rock. These opportunities provide students with valuable work experience and professional contacts that have led to permanent jobs.
  • Student Organizations such as the Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society and the Pre-Law Society promote student engagement with peers, faculty, and professionals through a variety of campus events and community activities. These organizations bring speakers to campus for presentations and workshops on current events and professional development such as US Foreign Service officers and attorneys offering guidance for students interested in applying to law school.
  • Employment Opportunities are as diverse as our students, with graduates entering a variety of high-demand and growing fields such as political consulting, lobbying, law and criminal justice, academia, and business.

To learn more about the exciting opportunities for personal and professional development available to you through the Political Science major at the University of Central Arkansas, visit http://uca.edu/politicalscience/programs/political-science/.