FROM THE DEPARTMENT CHAIR

  • Dr. Bryan Marshall, Chair

    Dr. Bryan Marshall

    Welcome to the Department of Political Science. Prospective students will find information about majors and what you might study as a Political Science student at Miami University. Current students will find information about your professors, office hours, major and minor requirements, internships, fellowships, jobs, and upcoming current events. Alumni will find information about what other alumni are doing and learn how you might be able to Make a Difference. We are very proud of our faculty, staff, current students and alumni. Please look around and you will understand why.

THE LATEST FROM POL

  • Moot Court

    Congratulations to Mackenzie Clark ('19), Margaret Hamm ('19), Bre Chambers ('19) and Ryan Reding ('20) for their outstanding performance competing against 30 teams from 11 different colleges and universities at the American Collegiate Moot Court Association Midwest Regional, November 16-17 at the College of Wooster. Mackenzie and Margaret reached the quarterfinals, Bre and Ryan reached the Sweet Sixteen round, and Ryan won the seventh best Individual Orator award. Congratulations!

    Moot Court

     

     

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  • 2018 Edward S. Corwin Prize Recipient

    Abigail MatthewsCongratulations Dr. Matthews...the best dissertation on public law.

    2018 Edward S. Corwin Prize Recipient

  • Dr. Marshall Book Tour

    Dr. Marshall

    POL's Department Chair, Dr. Bryan Marshall, is in Washington DC this week to promote his new book, The Committee: A Study of Policy, Power, Politics and Obama's Historic Legislative Agenda on Capitol Hill which he co-authored with Bruce Wolpe (click here for more on the book).  He recently sat on a panel about the book at the Aspen Institute (pictured below).  Other events to promote the book include:

    Congratulations Dr. Marshall!

    Dr. Marshall (far right) with former Congressman Henry Waxman (second from right) and Bruce Wolpe (third from right)

  • POL Collaboration with Howe Writing Center

    Click here to read about POL faculty member Dr. Erica Edward's collaboration with the Howe Writing Center!

    Dr. Edwards with students

    Dr. Edwards pictured with Luke Shackelford, Graduate Assistant Director at the Howe Center, and Mira Patel, a Howe writing consultant

  • Dean's Scholar: Emily Tatum

    Congratulations to POL student Emily Tatum who was named a Dean's Scholar for the 2018-2019 school year!

    The Dean's Scholars Program is designed to encourage scholarly activity among Miami’s best seniors. Scholars are chosen on the basis of proposals they submit in late winter. The project is conducted as an Independent Study during the senior year. The student receives a stipend to support the study.

    In April of each year, the College of Arts and Science will host a one-day conference with poster sessions and presentations by Dean’s Scholars. The students and their mentors organize the conference, having met and organized a steering committee early in the academic year, with the aid of the dean’s office.

    Congratulations to Emily!

  • POL Fulbright Recipient

    Congratulations to POL students Alexa Askari and Autumn Harriger (alternate) who was selected for a Fulbright grant! In total, there were 8 CAS students selected for this honor as well as two alternates. See the list of CAS students below:

    Alexa Askari, Bulgaria, English Teaching Assistant Program  
    Majors: Diplomacy and Global Politics, Political Science (BA/MA)
    Minors: History, European Area Studies 

    Hannah Frasco, Malaysia, English Teaching Assistant Program  
    Majors: International Studies, Integrated Social Studies Education
    Minor: History

    Sara Giska ‘16, Kazakhstan, Research/Study Program
    Majors: International Studies, Linguistics

    Jack Henne, Germany, English Teaching Assistant Program 
    Majors: German, Economics
    Minor: International Business, Actuarial Science

    Camila Kowalski, Spain, English Teaching Assistant Program  
    Majors: Integrated Mathematics Education, Spanish

    Katherine Melberg, Germany, English Teaching Assistant Program  
    Majors: Classical Humanities, Classical Languages

    Tory Paez ‘12, Mexico, Binational Internship Program  
    Major: Management and Organizations
    Minor: Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies

    John Steele ‘14, South Korea, English Teaching Assistant Program  
    Major: Social Justice Studies
    Minor: Political Science

    Allison Van Twisk, Germany, English Teaching Assistant Program  
    Majors: International Studies, Economics

     

    The Alternates are:

    Autumn Harriger, Russia, English Teaching Assistant Program  
    Major: Political Science, History

    Aaron Kawamura, Argentina, English Teaching Assistant Program  
    Major: Individualized Studies

    Tory Paez ‘12, Mexico, Binational Internship Program  
    Major: Management and Organizations
    Minor: Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies

  • International Studies Association annual meeting

    Dr. Laura Neack at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association in San Francisco, April 2018 with Karen Mingst and Eric Selbin.

    ISA 2018

  • ASG Cabinet Elections

    Congratulations to the following POL majors who were elected to Associated Student Government Cabinet for the 2018-2019 school year:

    • Junior Charles Kennick was elected as the secretary for off-campus affairs. Kennick is a public administration and anthropology major.
    • Junior Molly O’Donnell was elected as the secretary for infrastructure and sustainability. O’Donnell is a double major in public administration and statistics.
    • Junior Annika Fowler was re-elected as the secretary for academic affairs. Fowler is a double major in finance and political science.
    • Sophomore Tatum Andres was elected as speaker pro tempore. Andres is a political science major.
    • Junior Madeline Zinkl was elected as the chief of staff. Zinkl is a political science and accountancy major.

    Congratulations to all!
  • Congratulations Mock Trial...National Champions!

    Congratulations to the Miami University Mock Trial team. They won the National Championship over the weekend, defeating Yale in the final round. Congrats to all team members!

     Mock Trial Team

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MAJORS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

FAQs

  • When can I meet with my professor?

    All of the POL faculty and staff Fall 2016 office hours can be found on the POL website. The list also includes office numbers, telephone numbers, and email addresses.

    Faculty Office Hours

  • Who is my POL Advisor?

    The POL advisors list has been updated for 2018-19. NOTE: Advisors have been assigned for incoming first year students (2018) and returning students (began before this fall). Be sure you check the correct list to find your advisor. You should also be able to find your assigned advisor on MyMiami once updated. 

    Who is my POL Advisor?

  • How do I apply for internship credit?

    Visit the Internships and Fellowships page for information and to submit your internship application using our online form...no more paper!

    Internships and Fellowships

  • When are my final exams?

    Final examinations are based on a schedule published by Miami at the beginning of each semester. You can look up your final exams based on the days and times your class meets during the semester.

    Final Examination Schedule

  • Does POL offer Undergraduate Associate experiences?

    Yes. Many POL faculty members invite high potential undergraduate students to serve as an Undergraduate Associate in their classrooms. You are encouraged to talk to your professor about the UA Program and express your interest in this unique and valuable experience.

    Visit the UA Program website for additional information.

    Undergraduate Associate forms

  • What is the "experiential learning" requirement?

    The Global Miami Plan now requires incoming students to complete an experiential learning requirement. From the EL website, "Experiential learning is the process of making meaning from direct experience in a real world or an "out of the traditional classroom" context. It offers students the opportunity to initiate lifelong learning through the development and application of academic knowledge and skills in new or different settings."

    Visit the EL website for additional information and courses that satisfy the requirement.

  • What courses can I take?

    POL offers a wide variety of courses each semester. Visit the course catalog to read brief descriptions of the POL course offerings. NOTE: not every course is offered every semester.

    POL Course Descriptions

    Global Miami Plan

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

  • To be announced...

    TBA

Internships

  • Internship Disclaimer

    The internships, fellowships, and opportunities posted on this website are for student informational purposes and should not be considered an endorsement by Miami University or the Department of Political Science of any political party, candidate, or special interest group.
  • Lead for America

    POSTED 10/16: We believe that a single visionary leader rooted in humility can change a community. Many working together can transform our country. there is a problem handling links. bridges the divide between local governments and aspiring young leaders by recruiting, training and placing talented and diverse college graduates in local government positions nationwide for a paid two-year fellowship. We look to the local because this is where we are raised, shaped, and cared for. We look to government because it creates the tools we can use to care for one another more strongly.Over the course of the two years, LFA Fellows will gain a new perspective and appreciation for local government, understand the most pressing issues facing our communities, be equipped with tools to enact communal and systemic change, establish relationships with partner universities and organizations, and gain opportunities to engage with a growing alumni network of passionate leaders, who together will continue to serve as transformational public service leaders in communities across the nation.Lead for America’s inaugural year will place 40 Fellows in communities across North Carolina and 10-20 Hometown Fellows across the country.For College Seniors: To receive more information about the Lead for America fellowship and whether it is right for you, fill out our there is a problem handling links. .
  • U.S. PIRG

    Posted 10/16: Right now, we are hiring a team of fellows to join our 2019 class. Fellows mobilize the support it takes to win a specific campaign, whether it’s zeroing out plastic waste, ensuring that our food or transportation systems are healthy and sustainable, or calling on manufacturers to remove toxic chemicals from their consumer products. Interested students can go to jobs.uspirg.org to learn more and apply. 

     

  • Washington Media Scholars Foundation programs in 2018-19

    Media Fellows Scholarship Program:
    · Apply by 11/16/18 for Spring 2019 semester scholarships
    · Apply by 7/12/19 for Fall 2019 semester scholarships

    Media Scholars Case Competition:
    · Qualifying Round: 10/19/18 – 2/1/19
    · Semifinalist Round: 2/15/19 – 3/29/19
    · Media Scholars Week: 6/8-14/19
    · Awards & Networking Reception: 6/13/19

    Students are encouraged to apply!

    Questions? Email info@mediascholars.org and visit www.mediascholars.org today!

  • Internships in Mayor John Cranley’s Office

    Posted 8/28/18
    • All Majors Accepted
    • Great opportunity to learn about the functions and potential of city government
    • Work with staff members who are directly involved with the daily functions of the Mayor’s Office
    • Conduct policy research
    • Aid with local initiatives of the office
    • Gain experience writing press releases, speeches and formal letters
    • Learn about the city that you live in
    • Respond to community issues and concerns
    • Receive class credit through your university
    • Full or part time internships available
    If interested send resume and writing sample to there is a problem handling links.
  • Congressman Brad Wenstrup

    POSTED 8/16: We are currently accepting applications for 2018 Fall Internships in Congressman Brad Wenstrup’s Cincinnati and Peebles offices. These internships are part-time and unpaid. While academic credit may be obtained, many students do the internships strictly for the educational experience. Applicants must be enrolled in college or graduate student.

    Apply at: https://wenstrup.house.gov/forms/form/?ID=3257 

  • Open World Leadership Center

    Posted 8/06/18: Unpaid Internships Available for Fall 2018

    Program Management Intern: Open World Leadership Center - Washington, DC

    Description of Program: Open World brings delegations from Russia, Ukraine and the other countries of Eurasia, Kosovo, and Mongolia for ten day programs that focus on contact with professional peers. The delegations of emerging leaders include parliamentarians, judges, mayors, doctors, educators, NGO organizers, and cultural leaders. Five delegates and a facilitator comprise the typical size of a delegation. Orientation in Washington includes up to ten groups (fifty people).

    Ability to speak and write in one of the following languages is desirable, but not required: Armenian, Russian, Ukrainian, Kyrgyz, Tajik, Moldovan (Romanian), Mongolian, Kazakh, Serbian, Turkish, or Georgian languages.

    Basic Tasks: 

    • Assist with the Washington orientation program, including observing presentations for content, and discussing during coffee and lunch breaks the reactions of the participants.
    • Follow up with delegations through Open World alumni coordinators in Russia and Ukraine to determine and input results in our client management system.
    • Assist with Congressional affairs including outreach and communication.
    • Update website and help manage content. Help with researching and drafting articles as well as other outreach materials for the Open World website.
    • Draft executive correspondence.
    • Participate in refining the Open World outreach strategy and provide writing and research support.
    • Other projects as assigned.
    Job Type: Internship; Salary: $0.00/year; Required experience: Entry- to intermediate level experience: 1 year
  • Intern for Senator Portman

    Posted 7/17:

    Senator Rob Portman's office is now accepting applications for Fall internships in the Cincinnati office.

    Internships in the Cincinnati office of Senator Rob Portman offer college-aged students an exciting introduction to the U.S. Senate and the workings of a Senate office.  

    Interns are assigned to work alongside staff responsible for the Senator’s legislative, press, and administrative operations.

    Internships are designed primarily for students who have completed at least one full year of collegiate undergraduate coursework. Preference is given to students who are residents of Ohio.

    Applications will be reviewed for 2018 Fall Semester internships on a rolling basis. Please complete the appropriate application below and email it to Portman_Internships@portman.senate.gov along with: 1) resume; 2) one page explanation of interest in the internship; and 3) two letters of recommendation.

    Please contact the office at 513-684-3265 or via email at Portman_Internships@portman.senate.gov for any questions regarding Senator Portman’s Internship program.

    The application can be accessed here:

    https://www.portman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/files/serve?File_id=AAFFB3B2-5963-4BF1-83D9-07428D562379

  • Congressman Joyce Internship

    Posted 7/18: Intern for Congressman Dave Joyce

    In their Washington, DC office, internships run throughout the fall, spring or summer semesters for high school and college students. Although all internships in all offices are unpaid, students gain invaluable work experience. The hours are flexible to accommodate students' hectic course schedules, but generally run 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. when Congress is in session, and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. when not in session.

    In Washington, interns' responsibilities will vary. They will be asked to answer phones, run errands, research legislation for the Member and legislative staff, attend hearings and briefings and answer constituent letters on various issues before the House. As a result, interns learn about the legislative process and the many other functions of a congressional office.

     For more information click here, or contact Burke Smith, Burke.Smith@mail.house.gov or (202) 225-5731

  • 2019 White House Internship

    Spring 2019 White House Internship Program

     

    The Spring 2019 White House Internship Program application is now open. 

     

    The application portal will remain open until 11:59PM EDT on Friday, August 24, 2018.  Any applications received after the deadline will not be considered. 

     

    The Spring 2019 White House Internship Program term runs from Wednesday, January 16 to Friday, April 12, 2019.  All applicants must be at least 18 years of age by the internship program start date, and must be able to commit to the full internship term to be eligible.  Additionally, applicants must be U.S. citizens and meet at least one of the following criteria to apply:

     

    - Are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a college, community college, or university (two-to-four year institution).

     

    - Have graduated from an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a college, community college, or university (two-to-four year institution) no more than two years before the internship program start date.

     

    - Are a veteran of the United States Armed Forces who possesses a high school diploma or its equivalent and has served on active duty—for any length of time—in the two years preceding the internship program start date.

     

    The White House Internship Program is highly competitive.  Applicants are selected based on their demonstrated commitment to public service, leadership in the community, and commitment to the Trump Administration.  Questions about the White House Internship Program application can be directed to intern_application@who.eop.gov.  More information, including details about placements in the White House Internship Program and a list of frequently asked questions, can be found on the White House website:  https://www.whitehouse.gov/participate/internships.

     

  • Rangel Fellowship and the Virtual Student Federal Service

    Posted 7/9:

    The Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program

    The Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program is a U.S.Department of State program, administered by Howard University that seeks to attract and prepare outstanding

    young people for careers as Foreign Service Officers in the U.S. Department of State. Candidates must be graduating seniors or college graduates with strong academic records

    and a desire to promote positive change in the world. The Rangel Program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign

    Service, women, and those with financial need. Selected fellows will receive support for graduate school and will enter into exciting and rewarding careers representing the

    United States overseas.

     

    Application Deadline

    Email: rangelprogram@howard.edu

    Phone: 202-806-4367 or 877-633-0002

     

    Eligibility

    • Must be a U.S. citizen
    • Must be seeking admission to graduate school in fall 2019 for a two-year program at a U.S.-based institution
    • Must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application.

     

    Virtual Student Federal Service
    Now Accepting Applications

    The U.S. Department of State is currently accepting applications for the Virtual StudentFederal Service (VSFS).

    The Virtual Student Federal Service is the largest virtual internship program in the world! This year we will offer 1,500 positions with 50+ federal agencies. VSFS offers unique mentoring and exposure to job opportunities within the U.S. government.

    Each year, applications are open to U.S. college students during the entire month of July on USAJOBS. Real experience is waiting for students across the federal government, including at NASA, Smithsonian, U.S. Department of State, Forest Service, Indian Health Service, CIA, National Park Service and others. Learn more about the projects offered for 2018 through 2019. To #ApplyinJuly to their top three projects, students must log on to USAJOBS, create an account, build a resume, write a statement of interest, and upload a transcript. 

    Students play an important role in moving the government forward from analog to digital. There’s something for everyone: graphic design, research, mapping, videography, history, analysis, marketing, community management, writing, calculation, policy planning, app development, and more! 

    eInterns should expect to spend ten hours a week on their project from September through May. This is unpaid, volunteer work, but eInterns make connections that make a difference, gain valuable experience, and sometimes get course credit. All applicants must be U.S. citizens in student status at a university in the U.S. or abroad. VSFS is open to undergrad through PhD candidates taking classes full or part-time, in-person or on-line.

  • White House Fellows

    Posted 7/9:

    Founded in 1964 by Lyndon B. Johnson, the White House Fellows program is one of America’s most prestigious programs for leadership and public service. White House Fellowships offer exceptional young men and women first-hand experience working at the highest levels of the federal government.

    Selected individuals typically spend a year working as a full-time, paid Fellow to senior White House Staff, Cabinet Secretaries and other top-ranking government officials. Fellows also participate in an education program consisting of roundtable discussions with renowned leaders from the private and public sectors, and trips to study U.S. policy in action both domestically and internationally. Fellowships are awarded on a strictly non-partisan basis.

    For more information and to apply, click here.

  • 2018 Pickering Fellowship

    Posted 6/29:

    The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Program is now accepting applications for the 2019 Pickering Graduate Fellowship Program at pickeringfellowship.org! 

    Application Deadline: September 20, 2018

    pickeringfellowship.org

    Program Contact

    Pickeringfellowship@howard.edu

    202-806-4367

     

    The Pickering Foreign Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program is now accepting applications for the 2019 Fellowship.

    The Pickering Graduate Fellowship is a U.S. Department of State program, administered by Howard University, that seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers as Foreign Service Officers in the U.S. Department of State. Candidates must be graduating seniors or college graduates. The Program welcomes the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the State Department, women, and those with financial need.  Based on the fundamental principle that diversity is a strength in our diplomatic efforts, the program values varied backgrounds, including ethnic, racial, social, and geographic diversity.  Applicants with any undergraduate major are welcome to apply. Selected fellows will receive support for graduate school and will enter exciting and rewarding careers representing the United States overseas.

     

    Program Benefits

    An orientation to the Program and the Foreign Service at Howard University in Washington, D.C. in mid-June 2019.

    Two summer internships, one in Washington, D.C. in the summer 2020 and one overseas at a U.S. embassy in summer 2021.

    Up to $37,500 annually toward tuition, fees and living expenses for a two-year master’s degree in fields related to the Foreign Service such as Business Administration, Economics, Public Policy, and International Relations at a U.S.-based institution.

    Mentoring from a Foreign Service Officer throughout the duration of the fellowship.

    Employment in the State Department Foreign Service for those who successfully complete the program and meet Foreign Service entry requirements, in accordance with applicable law and State Department policy, with each Rangel Fellow committing to a minimum of five years of service.

     

    Eligibility Requirements

    U.S. citizenship

    Seeking admission to graduate school in fall 2019 for a two-year graduate program in an area of relevance to the Foreign Service at a U.S.-based institution

    Cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application

     

    About the U.S. Foreign Service

    Foreign Service Officers in the U.S. Department of State are responsible for formulating, implementing and supporting U.S. foreign policy. Their work includes analyzing political and economic events around the world; negotiating with foreign governments; assisting U.S. citizens abroad; educating foreign audiences about American culture and values; and managing an embassy’s operations. They are engaged in foreign policy issues such as conflict resolution, human rights, environmental and health issues, nuclear nonproliferation, and educational exchange. A Foreign Service career is much more than just a job; it is a uniquely demanding and rewarding way of life. Foreign Service Officers work in Washington, D.C. and in more than 250 diplomatic posts worldwide. As representatives of the United States, Foreign Service Officers have a direct impact on people’s lives, witness history in the making, and help create and implement U.S. policy.

  • City Year 2018

    Posted 4/4:

     City Year, an education-focused nonprofit organization in 28 cities across the US, is currently hiring AmeriCorps members for the 2018-2019 school year. I think you are a strong fit for this position and highly encourage you to apply. 

    City Year AmeriCops members serve full-time in high-need schools to help students build social-emotional and academic skills.  City Year trains our AmeriCorps members to be leaders in a challenging role to support students where they are, not as teachers, but as near-peer student success coaches.

    The benefits of serving a year with City Year include:

    I encourage you to consider this opportunity or refer a friend who has the interest, passion and skills to help students reach their full potential.

     

    If you or someone you know is interested in learning moreplease complete this form to get in touch with a City Year recruiter today.

     

  • OHDC Internship Program

    Posted 3/26:

    OHDC Internship Program The Ohio House Democratic Caucus (OHDC) is currently seeking motivated, politically-minded individuals to join the OHDC Internship Program for the 2018 election cycle.

    Interns will work directly with a Democratic candidate for the Ohio House of Representatives.

    Ohio House Democratic Caucus interns are expected to have the following qualities:

    • Interest in politics, government, campaigns and/or public affairs
    • Ability to multitask and adapt to a fast-paced environment
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills
    • Strong planning and organizational skills; ability to multitask and manage time effectively
    • Strong attention to detail Ohio House Democratic Caucus interns are expected to perform the following tasks:
    • Work with the caucus on upkeep and maintenance of donor database
    • Donor research
    • Produce weekly news clips of House candidates and opponents
    • Analysis of campaign data
    • Direct voter contact by phone and/or door
    • Other duties as needed Ohio House Democratic Caucus interns are expected to gain the following skills:
    • Wide ranging-knowledge of campaign strategy and targeting
    • Research and tracking techniques
    • Data tracking and upkeep
    • Familiarity with NGP VAN and VoteBuilder software

    Application Process:

    Applicants should submit a resume to Nick Tuell at OHDC@Ohiodems.org with a subject line: “Internship Application”. Please include your availability and location. Placement is flexible depending on your location.

NEWS FOR STUDENTS

  • Undergraduate Summer Scholars 2019

    The Office of Research for Undergraduates facilitates Miami's Undergraduate Summer Scholars (USS) program, which is designed to provide students an opportunity for one-on-one interactions with a faculty mentor as a means of learning more about the intellectual processes of a discipline. Applications are due by February 1, 2019.

    USS 2019 Guidelines

    Direct questions about the application process to Martha Weber, Undergraduate Research Coordinator. Students should get the application by sending an email to: undergradresearch@Miamioh.edu

  • Miami Alumni Connect

    Miami Alumni Connect for students

    As a Miami student, you have access to one of the most innovative career programs in the nation! Miami Alumni Connect makes it easy to find professionals that were once in your shoes, so you can build a network and seek expertise to help you grow. There are a number of tools and features, like 30-minute flash mentoring conversations with Miami alumni mentors, in-person or via phone video chat, and a discussion forum for anonymous career-related questions. You can even find alumni who participated in the same student organizations as you through the easy-to-use filtering tool. Sign up and get connected with Miami alumni eager to help you at Connect.MiamiAlum.org!

  • 2018 Weekend Honors Program

    POSTED 8/20: We are pleased to announce that the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC, is now accepting applications for its 2018 Weekend Honors Program: “ there is a problem handling links. "This fully-funded weekend program for undergraduates, to take place at AEI’s headquarters in Washington, D.C,. from October 26-27 will bring together 25 top students to the nation’s capital, where they will explore critical questions about American civil society and self-government. Application deadline: September 21, 2018