The Department of Government, Public Service, and International Studies – formerly known as the Department of Political Science – is home to the political science, public administration, and international studies degree programs at UCA.  Originally established in 1971, the department currently includes eleven full-time faculty members with expertise in all of the major fields of political science and public administration.  The department, which is in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at UCA, offers on-campus and online courses during Fall and Spring semesters, as well as during the summer sessions.

The primary objective of the department’s political science program is to provide students with the conceptual and analytical tools for understanding political institutions and processes in the United States and other countries, as well as global institutions and processes. The political science curriculum is designed to satisfy the needs of (1) those students choosing to major or minor in political science, public administration, international studies, or legal studies; (2) those students choosing to major or minor in other fields of study – including Environmental Science, African/African-American Studies, Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Management, Latin American Studies, and Asian Studies – for which specific political science courses are either required or electives; and (3) those students who choose political science courses as a part of their UCA Core (upper-division and lower-division) requirements.

Courses offered in the political science program deal with a wide range of topics in the following major fields of political science: American government & politics, international relations, comparative politics, political theory, public policy, and public administration.  The department also provides students with information regarding a wide variety of internship opportunities, which may be done as a part of the political science degree requirements.  In addition to the political science program, the department is also home to the public administration program and international studies program.  These programs seek to prepare students for a variety of careers in governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations, and inter-governmental organizations in the U.S. and abroad.  The legal studies minor is also located in the department.  For those students interested in pursuing a career in law, the department offers pre-law advising.  The department also sponsors a variety of Model United Nations activities throughout the year.

We hope that you will find a home in the Department of Government, Public Service, and International Studies!  Please feel free to contact the department if you have any questions.

Dr. Clay Arnold, Chair
Department of Government, Public Service, and International Studies
Irby Hall, Suite #217