Political Science is the study of government, public policies and politics. Studying politics is very fascinating for several reasons but most important because it preoccupies itself essentially with the distribution and allocation of society's resources. As renowned political scientist Harold Lasswell puts it, politics is the struggle over "who gets what, when and how." The study of politics is there to broaden ones understanding of government and governance.
The Department of Political Science offers a B.A. in Political Science. Students who graduate from our program are exposed to a wide array of courses in both political science and humanities. The curriculum enhances their writing, problem solving and critical thinking skills. The political science majors are exposed to all the five sub-fields of political science (American Government, International Relations, Comparative Politics, Political Theory, and Public Administration) through our course offerings. In addition, all of our graduates are given the opportunity to participate in a government internship with one of the many state government agencies througout Little Rock.
This departments main area objectives are: to provide students an intellectual climate in which students can develop the ability to think critically, to understand scientific methods, and foster an awareness of political processes and institutions. The department maintains to provide pre-professional training for students interested in careers in journalism public service, law, teaching, non-profit and public managment positions.
The Political Science Academy is the student organization for Political Science Majors. Each semester the organization organizes events to bring political awareness on important matters relevant to student government and other matters of social justice. In addition to the Political Science Academy, the division also has a Study Abroad Program to enhance the students learning and life experiences as a Political Science Major.
The goal of the History curriculum in the Political Science and History Department is deisgned to support the mission of Philander Smith College to "graduate academically accomplished students who are grounded as advocates for social justic, determined to intentionally change the world for the better." reflecting the fundamental values of a liberal arts education, the history curriculum seeks to prepare students to strive for honesty and justice in an often-contentious society.