William D. Schreckhise
Department Chair
428 Old Main
479-575-3356
Email: schreckw@uark.edu

Department of Political Science Website

The Department of Political Science offers a major leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree, three combined majors, also leading to Bachelor of Arts degrees, and two minors, one in legal studies and a second interdisciplinary minor in urban planning. Political science is the traditional undergraduate degree choice for those considering law school. It is also ideal preparation for a career in government service, including internationally-oriented paths like the foreign service, intelligence, and foreign aid/development agencies, and domestic political careers like consulting, research, polling, and policy/campaign staff.

For requirements for the M.A. degree in political science, the M.P.A degree, or the dual J.D./M.A. and J.D./M.P.A. degrees, see the Graduate School Catalog.

University and College Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science: In addition to the state minimum core and the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences Graduation Requirements (see under Degree Completion Program Policy), the following course requirements must be met. 

State minimum core35
PLSC 2003American National Government (ACTS Equivalency = PLSC 2003)3
PLSC 2013Introduction to Comparative Politics3
PLSC 2813Introduction to International Relations and Global Studies3
or PLSC 3103 Public Administration
18 credit hours in political science (PLSC) courses numbered 3000-level or higher. No more than 9 credit hours may come from PLSC 300V, PLSC 394V, PLSC 498V, or PLSC 499VH.18
PLSC 4153Public Policy3
or PLSC 4913 International Studies Seminar
or PLSC 499VH Honors Essay
Students must satisfy either Requirement A or Requirement B from below.12
Requirement A
Completion of a world language course up to the Intermediate II level. 1
Requirement B
Introduction to Philosophy (ACTS Equivalency = PHIL 1103) 2
Logic (ACTS Equivalency = PHIL 1003)
Principles of Statistics (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2103)
Data Analysis and Interpretation
Survey of Calculus (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2203)
Finite Mathematics
Mathematical Reasoning in a Quantitative World
Calculus I (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2405)
Scope and Methods of Political Science
Any Fulbright College credit hours 3000-level or higher3
Any UA offered credit hours 3000-level or higher6
Any 3000-level or higher credit hours or any 2000-level credit hours that have a course prerequisite10
General Electives24
Total Hours120

Writing Requirement: The college writing requirement is fulfilled by submitting an acceptable research/analytical paper to the department for approval at least four weeks prior to graduation. The paper may be derived from completion of an honors essay (PLSC 499VH), a senior thesis (PLSC 498V), or some other advanced course in political science. The student is urged to consult with his or her faculty adviser no later than early in the first semester of the senior year.

Students wishing to follow the eight-semester degree plan should see the Eight-Semester Degree Policy in the Academic Regulations chapter for university requirements of the program as well as Fulbright College requirements.

State minimum core requirements may vary by individual, based on placement and previous credit granted. Once all core requirements are met, students may substitute with general electives. Students should consult with their academic adviser.

First YearUnits
FallSpring
ENGL 1013 Composition I (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1013) (Satisfies General Education Outcome 1.1)3  
Satisfies General Education Outcome 2.1:
MATH 1313 Quantitative Reasoning (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 1113)
or MATH 1203 College Algebra (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 1103)
3  
or any MATH course numbered higher than MATH 1203
PLSC 2003 American National Government (ACTS Equivalency = PLSC 2003) (Satisfies General Education Outcomes 3.3 and 4.2)3  
Fine Arts state minimum core (Satisfies General Education Outcome 3.1)13  
General Electives3  
ENGL 1023 Composition II (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1023) (Satisfies General Education Outcome 1.1)  3
PLSC 2013 Introduction to Comparative Politics (Satisfies General Education Outcomes 4.1 and 5.1)  3
Social Sciences state minimum core (Satisfies General Education Outcome 3.3)2  3
Humanities state minimum core (Satisfies General Education Outcome 3.2)3  3
General Electives  3
Year Total: 15 15
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
PLSC 2813 Introduction to International Relations and Global Studies
or PLSC 3103 Public Administration
3  
Requirement A or B course3  
Social Sciences state minimum core (Satisfies General Education Outcome 3.3)3  
Science state minimum core with corequisite lab (Satisfies General Education Outcome 3.4)4  
General Electives3  
Requirement A or B course  3
Science state minimum core with corequisite lab (Satisfies General Education Outcome 3.4)  4
PLSC course numbered 3000-level or higher  3
General Electives  6
Year Total: 16 16
 
Third YearUnits
FallSpring
Requirement A or B course3  
PLSC course numbered 3000-level or higher6  
Any Fulbright College credit hours 3000--level or higher3  
Any 3000-level or higher credit hours or any 2000-level credit hours which have a course prerequisiite3  
Requirement A or B course  3
PLSC course numbered 3000-level or higher  6
Any UA offered credit hours 3000-level or higher  3
Any 3000-level or higher credit hours or any 2000-level credit hours which have a course prerequisite  3
Year Total: 15 15
 
Fourth YearUnits
FallSpring
Satisfies General Education Outcomes 1.2 and 6.1:
PLSC 4153 Public Policy
or PLSC 4913 International Studies Seminar
or PLSC 499VH Honors Essay
3  
Any 3000-level or higher credit hours or any 2000-level credit hours which have a course prerequisite3  
General Electives9  
PLSC course numbered 3000-level or higher  3
Any UA offered credit hours 3000-level or higher  3
Any 3000-level or higher credit hours or any 2000-level credit hours which have a course prerequisite  1
General Electives  6
Year Total: 15 13
 
Total Units in Sequence:  120

Requirements for the Combined Major in Journalism and Political Science

All university students must fulfill the minimum University Core requirements. A minimum of 72 hours in non-journalism courses must be applied toward the 120 hours required by the college for a Bachelor of Arts degree. Bolded courses from the list below may be applied to portions of the University Core requirements.

Select one of the following:3
Survey of Calculus (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2203)
Finite Mathematics
Mathematical Reasoning in a Quantitative World
or Higher Level MATH
STAT 2303Principles of Statistics (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2103)3
Intermediate I (course number 2003) of a World Language 13-6
Select one of the following:3
World Literature: Beginnings to 1650 CE (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 2113)
World Literature: 1650CE to Present (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 2123)
An Advanced Literature Course
A Language Literature Course
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Philosophy (ACTS Equivalency = PHIL 1103)
Introduction to Ethics (ACTS Equivalency = PHIL 1003)
Any Philosophy Course at the 3000-level or higher (recommended: PHIL 3103 Ethics and the Professions)
PLSC 2003American National Government (ACTS Equivalency = PLSC 2003)3
A second PLSC course (the following are recommended options):3
Introduction to International Relations and Global Studies
The American Congress
The American Chief Executive
ECON 2143Basic Economics: Theory and Practice3-6
or ECON 2013
ECON 2023
Principles of Macroeconomics (ACTS Equivalency = ECON 2103)
and Principles of Microeconomics (ACTS Equivalency = ECON 2203)
COMM 1313Public Speaking (ACTS Equivalency = SPCH 1003)3
3000-4000 Level HIST Course *3
3 hours of cultural/diversity studies to be selected from the following or as approved by the School of Journalism and Strategic Media. Select one of the following:3
Middle East Cultures
Intercultural Communication
African American History to 1877 *
African American History Since 1877 *
History of the American Indian *
Human Diversity and Social Work
African Americans in Film **
History of the Black Press **
Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality
Other cultural/diversity-related topics as approved by the School of Journalism and Strategic Media

Political Science Requirements

The political science requirement for the combined major may be satisfied by 24 semester hours of courses, including PLSC 2003, PLSC 2013, PLSC 4373, and either an additional 15 hours of advanced political science courses elected entirely from American political affairs courses:

American Political Affairs

PLSC 3103Public Administration3
PLSC 4153Public Policy3
PLSC 3223Arkansas Politics and the Nation3
PLSC 3233The American Congress3
PLSC 3243The Judicial Process3
PLSC 3253Urban Politics3
PLSC 3603Scope and Methods of Political Science3
PLSC 3853American Foreign Policy3
PLSC 3923HHonors Colloquium3
PLSC 394VReadings in Political Science1-3
PLSC 3983Politics in Literature3
PLSC 4193Administrative Law3
PLSC 4203American Political Parties3
PLSC 4213Campaigns and Elections3
PLSC 4253The U.S. Constitution I3
PLSC 4283Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations3

Or an additional 15 hours of advanced political science courses elected entirely from foreign affairs courses:

Foreign Affairs

PLSC 3503Governments and Politics of East Asia3
PLSC 3523Politics of the Middle East3
PLSC 3573Governments and Politics of Latin America3
PLSC 3603Scope and Methods of Political Science3
PLSC 3803International Organization3
PLSC 3813International Law3
PLSC 3823Theories of International Relations3
PLSC 3853American Foreign Policy3
PLSC 3923HHonors Colloquium3
PLSC 394VReadings in Political Science1-3
PLSC 4513Creating Democracies3
PLSC 4563Government and Politics of Russia3
PLSC 4573Gender and Politics3
PLSC 4593Islam and Politics3
PLSC 4803Foreign Policy Analysis3
PLSC 4843The Middle East in World Affairs3
PLSC 4873Inter-American Politics3

Journalism Requirements

The journalism requirement may be satisfied by a minimum of 24 semester hours of JOUR courses, including JOUR 1023, JOUR 1033, and JOUR 3633. The remaining hours are filled from the following options.

All majors and minors must complete the Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation (GSP) requirement as a prerequisite or co-requisite to JOUR 1033 Media Writing by completing one of these two options: 1) Pass JOUR 1003 Journalistic Writing Skills with a grade of C or better; or 2) Pass JOUR 1100 Grammar Spelling Punctuation Requirement with a Satisfactory (S) grade by scoring a 75% or better on the GSP test that is administered through the class. Once you officially declare a Journalism major or minor, you will obtain access to the GSP Blackboard course for Option 2. Students who do not complete both the GSP requirement and JOUR 1033 with a C or better cannot enroll in any courses for which JOUR 1033 is a prerequisite. The GSP test is only administered a certain number of times each semester. Students must request a GSP test time a minimum of two weeks before they plan to take the test. There is no guarantee that GSP testing slots will be open when desired, so students must schedule well in advance.

Those wishing to emphasize Political Advertising and Promotion take the following courses:

Advertising/Public Relations Concentration, Political Advertising and Promotion Track:

ADPR 3723Advertising Principles3
ADPR 3743Public Relations Principles3
JOUR 4043Government and the Media3
Six hours of Advanced Journalism Courses.6
Students should check course prerequisites.

Those wishing to pursue the Public Affairs Reporting track can choose from either news/editorial or broadcast concentration: 

Broadcast Concentration, Public Affairs Reporting Track:

JOUR 2032
JOUR 2031L
Broadcast News Reporting I
and Broadcast News Reporting I Laboratory
3
JOUR 3072
JOUR 3071L
Broadcast News Reporting II
and Broadcast News Reporting II Laboratory
3
JOUR 4043Government and the Media3
JOUR 4863Television News Reporting I3
JOUR 4873Television News Reporting II3

News/Editorial Concentration, Public Affairs Reporting Track:

JOUR 2013News Reporting I3
JOUR 3013Editing3
JOUR 3023News Reporting II3
or JOUR 4503 Magazine Writing
JOUR 4043Government and the Media3
One additional Journalism course3

Journalism/Political Science B.A.

Eight-Semester Degree Program

Students wishing to follow the eight-semester degree plan should see the Eight-Semester Degree Policy for university requirements of the program. Core requirement hours may vary by individual, based on placement and previous credit granted. Once all core requirements are met, students may substitute a three-hour (or more) general elective in place of a core area.

First YearUnits
FallSpring
ENGL 1013 Composition I (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1013)3  
MATH 1203 College Algebra (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 1103)
or MATH 2043 Survey of Calculus (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2203)
or MATH 2053 Finite Mathematics
or MATH 2183 Mathematical Reasoning in a Quantitative World
or MATH 2554 Calculus I (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2405)
or STAT 2303 Principles of Statistics (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2103)
3-4  
JOUR 1023 Media and Society
or JOUR 1033 Media Writing
3  
Social science university/state core requirement (HIST recommended)3  
1013 Elementary II world language3  
ENGL 1023 Composition II (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1023)  3
MATH 2033 (if higher MATH still needed, else non-JOUR General Elective)
or MATH 2043 Survey of Calculus (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2203)
or MATH 2053 Finite Mathematics
or MATH 2183 Mathematical Reasoning in a Quantitative World
or MATH 2554 Calculus I (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2405)
or STAT 2303 Principles of Statistics (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2103)
  3-4
PLSC 2003 American National Government (ACTS Equivalency = PLSC 2003)  3
JOUR 1033 Media Writing
or JOUR 1023 Media and Society
  3
2003 Intermediate I world language  3
Year Total: 15 15
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
PLSC 2013 Introduction to Comparative Politics3  
JOUR course from selected concentration3  
Science university/state core lecture w/ corequisite lab requirement4  
Advanced general elective3  
COMM 1313 Public Speaking (ACTS Equivalency = SPCH 1003)3  
PLSC course from selected concentration†‡  3
JOUR course from selected concentration  3
WLIT 1113 World Literature: Beginnings to 1650 CE (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 2113)
or WLIT 1123 World Literature: 1650CE to Present (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 2123)
  3
science university/state core lecture w/ corequisite lab requirement  4
General Elective  3
Year Total: 16 16
 
Third YearUnits
FallSpring
JOUR course from selected concentration†‡ 3  
PLSC course from selected concentration†‡ 3  
PHIL 2003 Introduction to Philosophy (ACTS Equivalency = PHIL 1103)
or PHIL 2103 Introduction to Ethics (ACTS Equivalency = PHIL 1003)
3  
ECON 2143 Basic Economics: Theory and Practice3  
General Elective3  
JOUR 3633 Media Law (or JOUR course from selected concentration)†‡  3
PLSC 4373 Political Communication (or PLSC course from selected concentration)†‡  3
3000+ HIST course†‡   3
Cultural/Diversity course   3
non-JOUR General Elective  3
Year Total: 15 15
 
Fourth YearUnits
FallSpring
JOUR course from selected concentration†‡ 3  
PLSC courses from selected concentration†‡6  
General Elective3  
General Electives3  
PLSC course from selected concentration or PLSC 4373 Political Communication (as needed)†‡  3
JOUR course from selected concentration or †‡JOUR 3633 Media Law(as needed)†‡   3
General Electives (1 hour of non-JOUR electives might be needed to reach a minimum of 72 hours of non-JOUR coursework required by the major)  7
Year Total: 15 13
 
Total Units in Sequence:  120

Combined Major

Political Science and Journalism: The combined major in political science and journalism is recommended for those students who have a strong interest in the reporting of public affairs as a career. For requirements, please refer to the combined major in Journalism and Political Science. Students should consult with their adviser in each department.

Minor in Political Science

A total of 18 credit hours in PLSC courses to include PLSC 2003 and PLSC 2013, with at least 9 credit hours numbered 3000 or above. Students should consult with the political science advisor in Fulbright College for the selection of appropriate courses

Minor in Legal Studies

This minor introduces undergraduate students to the study and application of law by taking law-related courses in a number of disciplines. It provides a focus for students who are interested in the law, whose careers will require a measure of legal knowledge, or for those considering entering law school.

Requirements for a Minor in Legal Studies: 15 credit hours from the following:

AGEC 3503Agricultural Law I3
BLAW 3033Commercial Law3
CRIM 2043Sociology of Criminal Law3
CRIM 3503Criminal Procedures3
CRIM 3513Criminal Evidence3
COMM 4113Legal Communication3
FDSC 3202Introduction to Food Law2
JOUR 3633Media Law3
OMGT 4313Law and Ethics3
PHIL 4143Philosophy of Law3
PLSC 3203Introduction to Legal Studies3
PLSC 3213The South and the Law: Race, Gender, and Citizenship3
PLSC 3243The Judicial Process3
PLSC 3813International Law3
PLSC 4193Administrative Law3
PLSC 4253The U.S. Constitution I3
PLSC 4263The U.S. Constitution II3

Students should consult with their adviser each semester.

The departments of Landscape Architecture and Political Science collaboratively offer an interdisciplinary minor in Urban and Regional Planning. 

Requirements for Urban and Regional Planning Minor

A student who is interested in the Urban and Regional Planning minor should notify either the Departments of Landscape Architecture or Political Science and consult with their academic advisor.  The minor consists of 18 hours of required and elective courses and subdivided into three tiers: core courses, tier-one electives and tier-two electives.  The minor’s required and elective courses include:

Required Core Courses:
PLSC 4103Introduction to Urban Planning3
LARC 5493Environmental Land Use Planning3
Tier-One Electives6-12
Select 6-12 hours from the following:
LARC-approved design studio focused on planning (may only count once)
LARC Advocacy Module focused on planning
Anthropology of the City
Community Development
Special Topics
Environmental Sociology
Urban Geography
Urban Politics
Incremental Sprawl Repair
Special Studies
Urban Sociology
Tier-Two Electives (up to six hours of electives may come from the following options)0-6
Landscape Architecture Theory
Sustaining Earth
American Public Lands & Policy
Environmental Justice
Historic Landscape Preservation
Cultural Resource Management I
Landscape Archaeology
Ecosystems Assessment
Ecosystems Assessment Laboratory
Environmental Ethics
Principles of Environmental Economics
Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations
History of Urban Form
DELIVER: Transportation and Distribution Management
Total Hours18

Requirements for Graduation with Honors in Political Science: Both the College and the Departmental Honors Program in Political Science provide undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in directed independent study and scholarly activity.  Admission to the Fulbright Honors Program is open to Political Science majors with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 in all their coursework.  Honors candidates must complete at least 12 hours of honors courses, which includes 6 hours of PLSC 499VH Honors Essay.

Honors candidates carry out independent study and research under the guidance of political science faculty and participate in special honors classes and colloquia.  To successfully complete the required thesis, students should choose an honors thesis adviser as early as possible.  An adviser should be selected and an Honors Agreement completed no later than the first semester in a student's junior year.

Honors candidates must meet the College's requirements for an honors degree.  Students graduating with honors typically graduate with the distinction cum laude. Higher degree distinctions (magna cum laude, summa cum laude) are awarded by the Honors Council, are recommended only in truly exceptional cases, and are based on the whole of the candidate’s program of honors studies.

Political Science (B.A.) Social Studies Teaching Licensure Requirements:

Please refer to the Secondary Education Requirements for Fulbright College Students.

Students wanting to teach social studies in middle school should consult with a middle level adviser in the College of Education and Health Professions.

Faculty

Adam, Thomas, Ph.D., M.A. (University of Leipzig), Associate Professor, 2020.
Baptist, Najja K., Ph.D. (Howard University), M.A. (Jackson State University), B.A. (North Carolina Central University), Assistant Professor, 2020.
Bayram, A. Burcu, Ph.D. (Ohio State University), M.I.S. (North Carolina State University), B.A. (Middle East Technical University), Associate Professor, 2016, 2021.
Conge, Patrick J., Ph.D. (University of Texas at Austin), M.A., B.S. (Arizona State University), Associate Professor, 1995, 2002.
Crawford, Cory, J.D. (University of Arkansas), Lecturer, 2019.
Diallo, Anne B., Ph.D., M.P.A., B.A. (University of Arkansas), Lecturer, 2012.
Dowdle, Andrew J., Ph.D. (Miami University), M.A. (University of Iowa), B.A. (University of Tennessee), Professor, 2003, 2015.
Ghadbian, Najib, Ph.D. (City University of New York), M.A. (City University of New York), M.A. (Rutgers University), B.Sc. (United Arab Emirates University), Associate Professor, 1999, 2005.
Hunt, Valerie H., Ph.D., J.D., B.A. (University of Arkansas), Associate Professor, 2005, 2014.
Kerr, Brinck, Ph.D. (Texas A&M University), B.A. (University of Texas at Austin), University Professor, 1994, 2021.
Looney, Nathan C., J.D. (University of Arkansas at Little Rock), M.P.S. (University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service), B.A. (University of Arkansas), Lecturer, 2012.
Maxwell, Angie, Ph.D., M.A. (University of Texas at Austin), B.A. (University of Arkansas), Associate Professor, Diane D. Blair Professor of Southern Studies, 2008, 2016.
Mitchell, Joshua Lee, Ph.D. (Southern Illinois University), M.P.A., B.S. (Murray State University), Associate Professor, 2010, 2019.
Parry, Janine A., Ph.D., M.A. (Washington State University), B.A. (Western Washington University), University Professor, 1998, 2021.
Ryan, Jeffrey J., Ph.D., M.A. (Rice University), B.A. (Colorado State University), Associate Professor, 1990.
Saeidi, Shirin, Ph.D. (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom), M.A. (George Mason University), B.A. (University of Maryland-College Park), Assistant Professor, 2018.
Schreckhise, William D., Ph.D., M.A., B.A. (Washington State University), Professor, 1998, 2020.
Sebold, Karen Denice, Ph.D., M.A. (University of Arkansas), B.S. (Campbell College), B.S. (Rogers State University), Assistant Professor, 2011, 2020.
Shields, Todd G., Ph.D., M.A. (University of Kentucky), B.A. (Miami University), Professor, 1994, 2005.
Song, Geoboo, Ph.D. (University of Oklahoma), B.A. (Korea University), B.A. (Hanyang University), Associate Professor, 2012, 2019.
Stewart, Patrick A., Ph.D., (Northern Illinois University), M.A., B.A. (University of Central Florida), Professor, 2008, 2021.
Sullivan, W. Curt, M.A. (University of Arkansas), B.A. (Harding University), Lecturer, 2015.
Tumlison, Creed, Ph.D., M.A. (University of Arkansas), B.S. (Arkansas State University), Visiting Assistant Professor, 2020.
Zeng, Ka, Ph.D. (University of Virginia), M.A. (Virginia Polytech Institute and State University), B.A. (Foreign Affairs College, Beijing), Professor, 2000, 2011.

Courses

PLSC 1003. Perspectives in Political Science. 3 Hours.

This course takes a topical approach to introducing first-year Political Science students to the academic skills essential to success in college and the methods of the political science discipline. The course emphasizes the transition to the UA and university-level work by addressing topics such as the advising process and civic engagement. Prerequisite: Freshmen Political Science majors only. (Typically offered: Fall and Spring)

PLSC 1003H. Honors Perspectives in Political Science. 3 Hours.

This course takes a topical approach to introducing first-year students to the academic skills essential to success in college and the methods of the political science discipline. The course emphasizes the transition to the UA and university-level work by addressing topics such as the advising process and civic engagement. Prerequisite: Honors standing. (Typically offered: Fall and Spring)
This course is equivalent to PLSC 1003.

PLSC 2003. American National Government (ACTS Equivalency = PLSC 2003). 3 Hours.

Survey of the history, basic ideas, structure, and political processes of the national government of the United States, including the fundamental relationships of the federal system. Required of all political science majors. (Typically offered: Fall, Spring and Summer)

PLSC 2003H. Honors American National Government. 3 Hours.

Survey of the history, basic ideas, structure, and political processes of the national government of the United States, including the fundamental relationships of the federal system. Prerequisite: Honors standing. (Typically offered: Fall)
This course is equivalent to PLSC 2003.

PLSC 2013. Introduction to Comparative Politics. 3 Hours.

An introductory survey of comparative political systems. (Typically offered: Fall, Spring and Summer)

PLSC 2203. State and Local Government (ACTS Equivalency = PLSC 2103). 3 Hours.

Organization and functions of state and local governments in the United States, intergovernmental relations, administration, adjudication, and the organization and function of political parties on state and local levels. (Typically offered: Fall Even Years; Summer)

PLSC 2813. Introduction to International Relations and Global Studies. 3 Hours.

An interdisciplinary survey of the state system, the role of non-state actors, and the processes and outcomes of globalization. Topics include theories of international conflict and peace, international norms and ethics, international law and organizations, global cultural interactions, and contemporary transnational challenges. (Typically offered: Fall and Spring)
This course is equivalent to INST 2813.

PLSC 2813H. Honors Introduction to International Relations and Global Studies. 3 Hours.

An interdisciplinary survey of the state system, the role of non-state actors, and the processes and outcomes of globalization. Topics include theories of international conflict and peace, international norms and ethics, international law and organizations, global cultural interactions, and contemporary transnational challenges. Prerequisite: Honors standing. (Typically offered: Fall and Spring)
This course is equivalent to INST 2813.

PLSC 300V. Internship in Public Affairs. 1-3 Hour.

Work experience in a public sector agency arranged by the student under the guidance of a faculty member. Written assignment required. Can be taken remotely through Global Campus. (Typically offered: Fall, Spring and Summer) May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

PLSC 3103. Public Administration. 3 Hours.

Trends and organization of public administration, dynamics of management; fiscal and personnel management; administrative powers and responsibility. Prerequisite: PLSC 2003. (Typically offered: Spring)

PLSC 3203. Introduction to Legal Studies. 3 Hours.

An examination of the legal profession, legal writing, and the substantive areas of law in the U.S. Prerequisite: PLSC 2003. (Typically offered: Fall and Spring)

PLSC 3213. The South and the Law: Race, Gender, and Citizenship. 3 Hours.

Examines the experience of racial and ethnic minorities, as well as women, in the post-Civil War South. Explores legal ramifications and tracks cultural and political legacies of landmark cases and/or legislative acts. (Typically offered: Fall)

PLSC 3223. Arkansas Politics and the Nation. 3 Hours.

An examination of Arkansas Politics including the political process, public policies, social problems, political behavior, governmental structure, and contemporary issues with an emphasis on the historical, regional, and national context. Prerequisite: PLSC 2003. (Typically offered: Spring)

PLSC 3233. The American Congress. 3 Hours.

Thorough examination of the constitutional role of the legislative branch under the Constitution; the internal procedures and personalities of the Senate and House; the central place of Congress in shaping domestic and foreign policy. Prerequisite: PLSC 2003. (Typically offered: Fall)

PLSC 3243. The Judicial Process. 3 Hours.

The structure and operation of the state and national court systems. Emphasis is upon the role of the judiciary in the American political system and the political aspects and consequences of judicial decision-making. Prerequisite: PLSC 2003. (Typically offered: Fall)

PLSC 3253. Urban Politics. 3 Hours.

Analysis of comparative urban systems, including political process, public policy, social problems, governmental structure, and voter behavior. Prerequisite: PLSC 2003. (Typically offered: Spring)

PLSC 3263. Latino Politics. 3 Hours.

An overview of Latino political behavior that analyzes the social, economic, and political issues impacting the Latino/Hispanic community in the United States. The course focuses on understanding relationships of power and interaction within the institutional contexts that shape diverse Latino experiences. (Typically offered: Fall)

PLSC 3293. Black Politics. 3 Hours.

This is a survey course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive overview of Black political participation in the United States and throughout the diaspora. In addition to analyzing important events in Black politics in the U.S., the course also examines evolving patterns of diasporic political participation throughout the world. Prerequisite: PLSC 2003. (Typically offered: Fall)
This course is cross-listed with AAST 3293.

PLSC 3303. American Political Development. 3 Hours.

Examines the evolution of the American State and corresponding governmental and political institutions. Topics include models of political change and evolution, American political culture(s), governing institutional structures at the national level, the evolution of federalism, political linkage structures, and public policy.Prerequisite: PLSC 2003. (Typically offered: Irregular)

PLSC 3393. Civil Rights Policy and Politics. 3 Hours.

This course will draw from linkages between the protest phase of the civil rights and American political institutions. The course explores the institutional impact of the civil rights movement on the presidency, congress, the courts, administrative regulatory agencies, and civil rights advisory organizations. Prerequisite: PLSC 3293. (Typically offered: Spring)
This course is cross-listed with AAST 3393.

PLSC 3503. Governments and Politics of East Asia. 3 Hours.

Comparative analysis of structures, processes, and problems of the political systems of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, Japan, and the Peoples Republic of China. Prerequisite: PLSC 2013. (Typically offered: Fall)
This course is cross-listed with AIST 3503.

PLSC 3523. Politics of the Middle East. 3 Hours.

Survey of the unity and diversity in the political development of the Middle East, as evident in historical legacies, state formation, civil society, social class, and political identity. (Typically offered: Fall)

PLSC 3543. Introduction to Citizenship Studies. 3 Hours.

Introduction to the field of citizenship studies with a focus on theoretical and empirical illustrations. Covers citizenship in the Middle East, Latin America, and contemporary Africa. Theoretically grounded in comparative politics, students should develop understanding of the complex debates and real-time challenges which shape this sub-field of political science. (Typically offered: Spring)

PLSC 3553. Western European Politics. 3 Hours.

Comparative analysis of Western European parliamentary systems with special attention to political traditions, constitutional arrangements, socio-economic structure, and the political and legislative processes in countries such as Britain, France, and Germany. Prerequisite: PLSC 2003 or PLSC 2013. (Typically offered: Irregular)

PLSC 3573. Governments and Politics of Latin America. 3 Hours.

Comparative survey of Latin America political forces and institutions with special attention to patterns and problems of political change and development in that area. Prerequisite: PLSC 2013. (Typically offered: Irregular)

PLSC 3593. Politics of Mexico. 3 Hours.

A comparative survey of contemporary Mexican politics emphasizing Mexico's historical-institutional trajectory in relation to the US, North American relations, and the experiences of Mexicans in Greater (Gran) Mexico. Prerequisite: PLSC 2013. (Typically offered: Spring)

PLSC 3603. Scope and Methods of Political Science. 3 Hours.

The basic principles and assumptions of political inquiry (methodology) and research techniques for gathering and analyzing data about political phenomena. Prerequisite: PLSC 2003. (Typically offered: Fall, Spring and Summer)

PLSC 3683. International Conflict and National Security Policy. 3 Hours.

This course examines international conflict and national security policy. The first part of the course analyzes the causes and consequences of international conflict and mechanisms for conflict resolution. The second part examines the formulation and implementation of national security in comparative perspective and U.S. national security policy. Prerequisite: PLSC 2813. (Typically offered: Fall Even Years)

PLSC 3803. International Organization. 3 Hours.

This course is about how state and non-state actors try to organize the international system to help manage crucial issues such as the development and use of force, the efficiency and fairness of markets, and the realization and protection of human rights and environmental health (Typically offered: Spring)

PLSC 3813. International Law. 3 Hours.

Analysis of the traditional principles of public international law including the law of war, the law of sea and air, and the legal nature of statehood; and analysis of selected principles of private international law relevant to such topics as the multinational corporation, international arbitration, commerce with Communist states, and the expropriation of foreign property. Prerequisite: Junior standing. (Typically offered: Fall)

PLSC 3823. Theories of International Relations. 3 Hours.

Analysis of major intellectual traditions in the field of international relations, including realism, liberalism, and social constructivism. Emphasis will be placed on how they help us to understand war, revolution, global capitalism, nationalism, peace, and other significant international phenomena. Prerequisite: PLSC 2003 and PLSC 2013. (Typically offered: Spring)

PLSC 3853. American Foreign Policy. 3 Hours.

The structure and process for making and implementing the foreign policy of the United States, and an evaluation of current policies in the contemporary international milieu. Prerequisite: PLSC 2003 or PLSC 2013. (Typically offered: Fall)

PLSC 390V. Special Topics. 1-3 Hour.

Special topics in political science. (Typically offered: Fall, Spring and Summer) May be repeated for degree credit.

PLSC 3923H. Honors Colloquium. 3 Hours.

Covers a special topic or issue, offered as part of the honors program. Prerequisite: Honors candidacy in political science. (Typically offered: Irregular) May be repeated for degree credit.

PLSC 394V. Readings in Political Science. 1-3 Hour.

For advanced students who wish to study some field of political science beyond the course offering available in that field. Prerequisite: Junior standing. (Typically offered: Fall, Spring and Summer) May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

PLSC 3983. Politics in Literature. 3 Hours.

Analysis of political theories and issues through extensive reading and discussion of selected works of literature. Prerequisite: PLSC 2003 or PLSC 2013. (Typically offered: Spring)

PLSC 400V. Special Topics. 1-3 Hour.

Topics in political science not usually covered in other courses. (Typically offered: Irregular) May be repeated for degree credit.

PLSC 4093. Politics and Policy on Film. 3 Hours.

An examination of the ways in which politics, government, policymakers, and public policy issues are portrayed on film. Selections vary, but may include historic and contemporary works, independent films and blockbusters, fictional works, biopics, and documentaries. Heavy emphasis on independent research and informed discussion, focused on the context in which the works were made and the ways they were received by audiences. (Typically offered: Irregular)

PLSC 4103. Introduction to Urban Planning. 3 Hours.

Reviews the many forms, functions, and purposes of American cities. Covers basic planning theories, surveys the various sub-fields of planning, discusses trends in the planning field, and utilizes computer simulations. (Typically offered: Fall)
This course is cross-listed with PADM 5833.

PLSC 4143. U.S. Environmental Politics and Policy. 3 Hours.

Surveys recent patterns of environmentalism in the U.S. and explores the nature of policy making with regard to environmental and economic development issues. Topics may include conservation vs. preservation, multiple use vs. sustainability, intergovernmental policy implementation, incentives, and free market environmentalism. Prerequisite: PLSC 2003. (Typically offered: Spring and Summer)

PLSC 4153. Public Policy. 3 Hours.

A study of public policy formulation, implementation, and evaluation at various levels of government. Prerequisite: PLSC 2003. (Typically offered: Fall)

PLSC 4173. Community Development. 3 Hours.

Encompasses the political, economic, and social issues that shape contemporary communities. This class examines substantive issues in community development, related theories and techniques. A major focus of the course will be on low-income and minority neighborhoods and efforts to create more inclusive communities in the United States and abroad. Prerequisite: Junior standing. (Typically offered: Fall)

PLSC 4183. The Evolution of Nonprofits and Philanthropy. 3 Hours.

Introduction to the history of philanthropy. Examines philanthropy at the intersection of anthropological theories of giving, social theories related to types of capital and capital exchanges, and economic theories about the role of philanthropy for national economies. (Typically offered: Irregular)

PLSC 4193. Administrative Law. 3 Hours.

Legal aspects of the administrative process and the effect of legal principles and processes upon administrative decision-making. Emphasis is given to the limitation of administrative discretion and the judicial review of administrative decisions. Prerequisite: PLSC 2003. (Typically offered: Spring)

PLSC 4203. American Political Parties. 3 Hours.

The nature, function, and history of political parties in the United States with emphasis on party membership, organization, campaign techniques, finance and electoral alliances. Prerequisite: PLSC 2003. (Typically offered: Irregular)

PLSC 4213. Campaigns and Elections. 3 Hours.

This course examines the American electoral process. It is an empirical course that provides opportunities for original analysis of survey data and election returns. Emphasis is placed on the most recent federal election. Prerequisite: PLSC 2003 (Typically offered: Irregular)

PLSC 4233. The American Chief Executive. 3 Hours.

Offices and roles of the President and state governors of the United States focusing on the evolution of the offices in terms of responsibilities and political leadership. Prerequisite: PLSC 2003. (Typically offered: Spring)

PLSC 4243. Minority Politics. 3 Hours.

Reviews political action and concepts of political activity by minority groups, focusing on contemporary political behavior. Prerequisite: PLSC 2003. (Typically offered: Spring)

PLSC 4253. The U.S. Constitution I. 3 Hours.

United States Supreme Court decisions involving the functions and powers of Congress, the Supreme Court, and the President and federalism. Prerequisite: PLSC 2003. (Typically offered: Spring)

PLSC 4263. The U.S. Constitution II. 3 Hours.

United States Supreme Court decisions interpreting the political, economic, and civil rights of individuals and groups. Prerequisite: PLSC 2003. (Typically offered: Irregular)

PLSC 4273. Political Psychology. 3 Hours.

Examines role of the individual in the polity including basic psychological constructs of relevance to political action, the formulation and maintenance of stable political orientations, the patterns linking the individual to the polity, and major modes of inquiry. Prerequisite: PLSC 2003. (Typically offered: Irregular)

PLSC 4283. Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations. 3 Hours.

Analysis of changes in intergovernmental relations in the American federal system. Discussions will focus on political, economic/fiscal and administrative aspects of policy changes of the pre-and post-Reagan eras. (Typically offered: Spring Even Years)

PLSC 4303. History of Political Parties in the U.S. 1789-1896. 3 Hours.

Origin and development of the American party system from the implementation of the Constitution to the election of McKinley. (Typically offered: Fall Even Years)
This course is cross-listed with HIST 4503.

PLSC 4313. History of Political Parties in the United States Since 1896. 3 Hours.

Response of the party system to America's emergence as an industrial nation and world power from the election of 1896 to present. (Typically offered: Spring Odd Years)
This course is cross-listed with HIST 4513.

PLSC 4323. Racial Identity, Politics, and Public Policy. 3 Hours.

Examines how race and perceived racial differences affect political discourse, mobilization, representation, and political outcomes. Prerequisite: PLSC 3293 or AAST 1003 or Junior standing. (Typically offered: Spring Even Years)
This course is cross-listed with AAST 4323.

PLSC 4333. Southern Politics. 3 Hours.

Evaluates the significance of the southern region within the national political scene, as well as discusses the unique political history and workings of the region. Explores the various groups within the region that continue to fight for political influence and power. (Typically offered: Spring)

PLSC 4343. Money and Politics. 3 Hours.

Familiarizes students with the world of money and politics in the United States. Examines the function of money in elections, the legal aspects, and the consequences of the regulatory environment. Provides a means to gain analytic computer skills and a strong foundation for further study of political science. (Typically offered: Fall)

PLSC 4373. Political Communication. 3 Hours.

Study of the nature and function of the communication process as it operates in the political environment. (Typically offered: Spring Even Years)
This course is cross-listed with COMM 4373.

PLSC 4513. Creating Democracies. 3 Hours.

Analyses of the creation of democracies in Europe, South America, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, East Europe, and the former Soviet Union. Prerequisite: PLSC 2013. (Typically offered: Fall Even Years)

PLSC 4523. Introduction to Gender and Politics in the Middle East. 3 Hours.

Introduces the complexities of women's political lives in the Middle East by studying gender roles, relations and how identities are constructed during different political moments. (Typically offered: Fall)

PLSC 4533. China's Foreign Trade and International Order: History, Policy, and Theory. 3 Hours.

This interdisciplinary course explores China's foreign trade and international order by introducing students to the historical context and economic theory necessary for understanding China's role in the international trading system from the ancient past to the contemporary era. (Typically offered: Irregular)
This course is cross-listed with ECON 4533.

PLSC 4563. Government and Politics of Russia. 3 Hours.

Study of Russian and Soviet politics after 1917 and of the democratization of Russia and the other successor states. Prerequisite: PLSC 2003 or PLSC 2013. (Typically offered: Spring Even Years)

PLSC 4573. Gender and Politics. 3 Hours.

Examines the significance of gender in politics. Includes discussion of the women's movement and feminist theory, but emphasizes the content and process of public policy as it relates to women and men. Focus is on the U.S. but final third is devoted to comparative topics. Prerequisite: PLSC 2003 or PLSC 2013. (Typically offered: Irregular)

PLSC 4583. Political Economy of East Asia. 3 Hours.

Development strategies and policies of major economies in East Asia. Topics include theories for East Asia's economic growth, dynamics and process of East Asian political and economic developments, strengths and limits of the East Asian development model, Asian values and their implications for Asian-style democracy, and dynamics of regional cooperation. (Typically offered: Spring)

PLSC 4593. Islam and Politics. 3 Hours.

Compares contemporary Islamist political movements. Seeks to explain causes, debates, agendas, and strategies of Islamists in the political realm. Addresses sovereignty, the rule of law, visions of the good state and society, and relations between nationalism, religion and political development. Focus on Middle East with comparative reference to other cases. (Typically offered: Fall)

PLSC 4613. Social Network Analysis. 3 Hours.

Introduces the fundamentals of Social Network Analysis (SNA), and its applications for research in various social science fields. Prerequisite: SOCI 2013. (Typically offered: Fall)
This course is cross-listed with SOCI 4183.

PLSC 4633. Citizenship in the Middle East. 3 Hours.

Explores citizenship in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) with a focus on theoretical and empirical illustrations. Theoretically grounded in comparative politics, and empirically engaged with case studies on citizenship formation, students will develop an understanding of the complex debates and challenges which shape this sub-field of political science. (Typically offered: Fall Odd Years)

PLSC 4793. Latino/Hispanic Political Thought. 3 Hours.

A survey course designed to examine the development of Latino/Hispanic political thought from Iberian and Latin American political culture and philosophy to contemporary US political ideology/thought. (Typically offered: Spring)

PLSC 4793H. Honors Latino/Hispanic Political Thought. 3 Hours.

A survey course designed to examine the development of Latino/Hispanic political thought from Iberian and Latin American political culture and philosophy to contemporary US political ideology/thought. Prerequisite: Honors standing. (Typically offered: Spring)
This course is equivalent to PLSC 4793.

PLSC 4803. Foreign Policy Analysis. 3 Hours.

Comparative analysis of foreign policy, with attention paid to explanations at a variety of levels, such as the individual, group, organizational, societal, systemic. (Typically offered: Irregular)

PLSC 4813. Chinese Foreign Policy. 3 Hours.

Provides an introduction to Chinese foreign policy. Key topics covered include the historical, domestic, and international contexts of Chinese foreign policy, China's relations with key partner countries, security strategies, foreign economic relations, and evolving role in global governance. (Typically offered: Fall)

PLSC 4823. Foreign Policy of East Asia. 3 Hours.

This course provides an introduction to the international relations of two major East Asian states, China and Japan. Key topics include: China and Japan's interaction with the world political and economic systems; domestic sources of international behavior and major dimensions of foreign policy in the 1980s and 1990s. (Typically offered: Spring)
This course is cross-listed with AIST 4823.

PLSC 4833. International Political Economy. 3 Hours.

This course provides an analysis of the interaction between politics and markets in the world economy. Its central objective is to illustrate how political and state actions have shaped and been shaped by the development of the global economy. (Typically offered: Fall)

PLSC 4843. The Middle East in World Affairs. 3 Hours.

An analysis of geo-political and socio-economic characteristics of Middle Eastern societies and their impact on world economic and political order. Special attention to such issues as the Arab-Israeli conflict, the promotion of lasting peace in the region, impact of oil on world politics, the involvement of superpowers, rehabilitation of Palestinian refugees and the role of the United Nations. (Typically offered: Spring)

PLSC 4853. International Norms and Corporate Social Responsibility. 3 Hours.

This course focuses on the interplay between international social expectations and business strategy. How norms prevail and why norms emerge will be observed from a business vantage point. Pre- or corequisite: PLSC 2003 or PLSC 2013. (Typically offered: Spring)

PLSC 4863. Political Psychology and International Relations. 3 Hours.

Examines psychological approaches to international relations and examines how these perspectives advance the study of world politics. (Typically offered: Irregular)

PLSC 4873. Inter-American Politics. 3 Hours.

An analysis of the political themes, regional organization, and hemispheric relations that constitute the inter-American system, with special emphasis on conflict and cooperation in the hemispheric policies of the American republics. Prerequisite: Junior standing. (Typically offered: Irregular)

PLSC 4883. Politics of International Law. 3 Hours.

This course examines the interaction between law and politics in the international system, focusing on international law. (Typically offered: Irregular)

PLSC 4893. International Negotiation and Mediation. 3 Hours.

This course examines international negotiations and mediation. International negotiation refers to the processes and methods by which state and non-state actors reach agreements through persuasion and similar non-violent means. This course analyzes the processes, methods, and mechanisms, and challenges of international negotiations and the growing use of mediation. (Typically offered: Irregular)
This course is cross-listed with INST 4893.

PLSC 4913. International Studies Seminar. 3 Hours.

Intensive study of key global issues and aspects of international affairs, culminating in a research project that meets the Fulbright College writing requirement. (Typically offered: Fall and Spring) May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.
This course is equivalent to INST 4913.

PLSC 4913H. Honors International Studies Seminar. 3 Hours.

Intensive study of key global issues and aspects of international affairs, culminating in a research project that meets the Fulbright College writing requirement. Prerequisite: Honors standing. (Typically offered: Fall and Spring) May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.
This course is equivalent to INST 4913.

PLSC 4933. African American Political Ideology. 3 Hours.

A survey course designed to identify and examine characteristics and functions of several variants of black political ideology/thought. (Typically offered: Spring Odd Years)
This course is cross-listed with AAST 4933.

PLSC 498V. Senior Thesis. 1-6 Hour.

Senior Thesis. (Typically offered: Fall, Spring and Summer)

PLSC 499VH. Honors Essay. 1-6 Hour.

To be used for completing a Political Science Honors Thesis. (Typically offered: Fall, Spring and Summer) May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.