Bachelor of Arts | College of Arts and Science
This major introduces you to the theoretical and practical aspects of diplomacy, international relations, and comparative politics. It provides you with an understanding of foreign and domestic security policies, international economic relationships, and foreign cultures.
The study of world affairs is moving away from specializing in a geographic region and toward exploration of issues and problems that cross geographic boundaries. Our program reflects that change.
Our students study with an engaging faculty, who themselves are involved in a wide range of research projects. Several members of our faculty have received awards for outstanding teaching and in recognition of their scholarly research. Many of our faculty have experience working in government and politics, and bring that experience to the classroom. We also encourage our students to take advantage of opportunities to undertake internships and other experiences in applied settings, and to study abroad—which are increasingly important in the global environment. There are opportunities for students to engage in research projects of their own, with possible funding available from college or university programs.
The Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies is not limited to studying politics but includes cultural interactions and studies in order to improve United States-Russian understanding and relations.
The Department of Political Science encourages students to study abroad. Students may choose to study abroad for a semester, a full academic year, or during the summer, and options are available in English and other languages. While some programs are recommended for students with majors in the Department of Political Science, choices are not limited to those programs. Miami is one of the few public universities with its own facility abroad, the John E. Dolibois European Center in Luxembourg. Its central location in Western Europe allows for faculty guided study trips throughout the continent.
Students of any major may be admitted to law school, but many come from the Department of Political Science. Miami's pre-law advisers will help you plan your program and guide you through the law school admission and testing process. Our rate of acceptance to law schools is excellent and consistently above the national average, with students attending the top schools across the country, including New York University, Columbia University, University of Chicago, University of Michigan, and Northwestern University.
There are no additional admission requirements for this program.
Department of Political Science
218 Harrison Hall
Oxford, OH 45056