Political Science and Public Policy and Political Economy

The Political Science program and the Public Policy and Political Economy (PPPE) program are jointly administered within EPPS. The strengths of each program are legion. Political Science focuses on the study of citizenship, government and politics. Students learn about the role of government in a just society, the nature of democracy and different democratic institutions throughout the world. They also study the influence of globalization on developed and developing countries; citizen influence on public policy; the inner workings of Congress, the Supreme Court and other institutions; and strategic interaction among nation-states. Political Science degrees prepare students for local, state, national or international positions in academe, business, government, nonprofit organizations, or electoral or legislative politics.

The Political Science program is particularly proud of its excellent teachers: two political science professors are winners of the prestigious Regent’s Outstanding Teaching Award (Holmes and Peinhardt) and another leads the University Honors College (Harpham). The Political Science program regularly produces approximately half of all the students moving to law school from UT Dallas. In the last several years, students have been admitted to the law schools at Harvard University, the University of Chicago, UT Austin, the University of Michigan, NYU, and others.

In addition, a large number of PSCI undergraduates participate in the Archer Program in D.C.— approximately 25 percent of all those accepted into the program are PSCI majors. Recent tenure-track PhD placements include Georgia Southern University, Southern Mississippi University, Meredith College, Campbellsville University, Sam Houston State, the University of North Texas at Dallas, Prairie View A&M University, Texas Wesleyan University, and West Texas A&M University. In addition, our students have found success in the private sector (e.g., Johnson & Johnson, RealPage and Frito Lay).

The PPPE program, which includes the International Political Economy (BA, BS) and Public Policy (BS) undergraduate degrees, prepares students for research, teaching, and practitioner positions in academia, government, and industry. These degrees offer internships, and provide critical analysis and communication skills that will help students succeed, regardless of constant changes in the political and economic world. Faculty includes two Regent’s Outstanding Teaching Award winners (Holmes and Peinhardt) as well as UT Dallas’ only member of the National Academy of Sciences, Brian J. Berry.

Undergraduate majors in PPPE have won 50 percent of the University’s Fulbright, Boren, and Critical Language Scholarships since 2009. Further, since 2009, dozens of IPE students and PPPE students have received International Education Fund Scholarships (IEFS) for study abroad. IPE and Public Policy students also successfully apply to law schools. Additionally, about 20 percent of all Archer Program fellows are undergraduate IPE and Public Policy majors. PPPE PhD students find success in academia (e.g., Rhode Island School of Design, George Fox University), government and non-profits (e.g., World Bank, Department of Commerce, GAO, State Department, and the International Rescue Committee), and industry (e.g., Exxon Mobil, Accenture, Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Travelers Insurance Company).

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