Politics Department


The Department of Politics is housed in the Wilbur D. Mills Building. Mills was a Hendrix alumnus and Chair of the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee from 1958-1975. In keeping with this rich heritage, the scope of the Politics Department at Hendrix College transcends that of a traditional political science department. In addition to learning quantitative methods for analyzing political behavior, students are also exposed to historical and theoretical approaches.

The Department offers a major and minor in Politics. The faculty offer a wide range of courses in American government and politics, public policy and administration, political theory, international relations theory and history, foreign policy, and topical courses covering such issues as political economy and human rights. The department also provides opportunities for hands on learning that is linked to coursework, in courses such as Arkansas Politics and Model United Nations.

The curricula of Politics majors are based on the conviction that the best undergraduate education joins analytical rigor and passion. The best analysts of politics are those whose passions have pulled them into venues where they gain distinctive learning experiences; and, the most effective activists have this key ability to step back and objectively analyze the work at hand making smarter decisions to the benefit of the cause about which they feel passion.