• 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.


  • Janus Spring 2019

    Wednesday, March 13th...

    Janus Forum

  • West Lecture - March 14

    Mark your calendar...

    West Lecture on March 14

  • Congratulations to our Gilman Scholarship Recipients

    The Department of Political Science is pleased to share that three of its students have been recognized as Gilman Scholarship recipients or alternates for winter and summer study abroad programs. Public Administration and Psychology double-major Aiyana Green received the Gilman to participate in a psychology program in Vienna, Austria, for the summer of 2019.  Zachary Martin, a student in Diplomacy and Global Politics and Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies, received the Gilman for his participation in the School of Russian and Asian Studies' Central Asian Studies program in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan in summer 2019, and he is also a recipient of a Critical Need Language Award for Russian. Angela Famera, who studies Diplomacy and Global Politics and Computer Science, was named as a Gilman alternate. Please join us in congratulating these three students for their dedication and excellence.

  • 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




  • 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 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