From the Department

  • Dr. Patrick Haney, Chair

    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

  • Congratulations 2015 graduates!

    Love and Honor... 


  • Congratulations to all POL award recipients!

    The Department of Political Science 2014-15 Awards Banquet was held in the Heritage Room at the Shriver Center on Tuesday, April 28.

    You can see all the 2014-15 award recipients here...

    2015 Banquet

  • 2015 Outstanding Professor Award Nominees

    Pictured from L to R: Aubrey Hale, Dr. Russo, Anna Swanson, and Dr. Morris. Not pictured, Dr. Barilleaux.

    OPA Nominees

  • Congratulations to Katie O'Keeffe (POL)

    Katie O'Keeffe (far right) wins All-American honors at Mock Trial National more

    Mock Trial Team

  • Dr. Russo recognized by OTA

    Dr. Philip Russo was recognized at the Ohio Township Association's 2015 Annual Conference for 20 years of service to Ohio townships. Pictured with him is OTA President Tom Willsey and Miami students l to r: Andrew Geisler, Jordan Lewis, Aubrey Hale, Brittany Utz, and Kurt Hodges.

    Russo Award

  • David Koschik

    POL alum making a difference

    Koschik Shows Gratitude for His Miami Foundation through Scholarship.

    Read more here...

  • Lisa Schrader '94

    Lisa Schrader '94, Chief of Staff to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, provides Inside Chicago students with tour and behind the scenes look of City Hall during Winter Term 2015. POL major Lance Greenberg is seated immediately to Lisa's right.

    Inside Chicago


Upcoming Speakers

  • Commencement 2015

    See photos from the 2015 Commencement ceremonies.

    Photo Gallery

News for Students

  • Internship Application now ONLINE

    Visit the Internships and Fellowships page for information and to submit your internship application using our online more paper!

    Internships and Fellowships

  • POL Summer Courses

    Registration is now open for summer classes. POL is offering a number of classes both in Oxford and online.

    Checkout the course list and enroll now.

    Summer Courses

  • Global Campaign for Education-Training Program in DC

    POSTED 4/17: The Global Campaign for Education US Chapter’s Youth Advocacy Training is a biannual training program that not only equips students and young professionals with information about education for all but also trains them in ways to tell others. During the training, participants work with and learn from our coalition members about how to advocate for equal access to a quality education worldwide. In addition to an in-depth look at international education issues, policies, and actors, advocates participate in skills training in: grassroots and grasstops organizing, event planning, community mapping, online organizing and more. The training will take place in Washington DC, from June 21-25, culminating in a meeting with members of Congress on June 24. GCE-US will cover all travel (to and from DC) meals and lodging during the week. For more information, please see our website:

    Campaign for Education USA


  • Elliott School's Summer 2015 program

    U.S. Foreign Policy in a Global Era: Washington, D.C. and the World. Advanced undergraduate students, graduate students, and professionals invited to apply.

    Session One: June 1-12
    Session Two: July 6-17




  • International Parliamentary Scholarships

    POSTED 2/27/15: The German Bundestag collaborates with the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin and Technische Universität Berlin to run its International Parliamentary Scholarships scheme. This gives well qualified young people with a strong interest in politics from the USA, France, Israel and Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of Germany's system of parliamentary government.

    Visit their website for more information

  • Republican Party of Cuyahoga County Internship

    As an RPCC intern, you will be involved in various elements of the political process at the local, state, and federal levels. This involvement includes contributing to and participating in Party operations, working with elected officials and candidates, and performing occasional clerical duties. By the end of your internship, you will have learned, developed, and reinforced many skills and abilities that are critical to a career in local government and/or politics.

    The RPCC internship is unpaid. You will receive a letter a recommendation from the Republican Party of Cuyahoga County upon successful completion of the internship. Students who are completing an internship for course credit are also welcome. For more information or questions, please contact Julie Kirk at 216-621-5417 or You can also visit our website at

    Download an application (PDF)

  • Pew Internships

    POSTED 2/17/15: Looking for a summer internship. The Pew Research Center offers several. Check them out if you are interested.

    Summer Internship - American Politics

    Summer Internship - Religion and World Affairs

  • Rep. Wenstrup Internships

    ONGOING:  Rep. Wenstrup’s is looking for spring interns in his Cincinnati office. 

    Summer Session – Preference will extended to those who submit applications by April 15th
    Fall Session – Preference will extended to those who submit applications by July 15th
    Spring Session – Preference will extended to those who submit applications by November 15th

    Visit his Internship Application website to apply.

  • Paid Research Apprenticeships

    ONGOING: You are invited to participate in the Humanities Center’s new Research Apprenticeship Program. You can now apply to work as a paid Research Apprenticeship on a real research project conducted by a member of the humanities faculty at Miami University. The goal of this program is to foster faculty-student collaborations that give students valuable experience assisting on a real research projects. Please go to Research Apprenticeship Opportunities to see a list of current openings and instructions on how to apply. There are currently openings on a number of exciting projects. You can read more about the Research Apprenticeships Program and other undergraduate research opportunities by going to the Humanities Center website and highlighting the UNDERGRADUATE menu item. Tim Melley, Professor of English and Director of the Miami University Humanities Center
  • Center for American Progress-Communications Internship

    ONGOING: American Progress’s Communications team works to pursue progressive change by connecting American Progress’s experts, ideas, events, and publications with the media and the public. The team works to develop and execute comprehensive and innovative communications strategies to get American Progress’s policy priorities the attention they deserve.

    Visit the website for more information.

  • The Borgen Project

    ONGOING: The Borgen Project, a national campaign focused on alleviating poverty in developing nations. Through securing support from congressional leaders, we hope to pass bills and mobilize citizens to become more knowledgeable and active on development and foreign aid policies. We've got internship and volunteer opportunities opening in our Seattle office and nationwide.

    Seattle Internships

    Telecommute Internships

    Volunteer Opportunities

  • Cornerstone

    ONGOING: The Cornerstone Government Affairs intern program provides a unique opportunity for selected candidates to gain irreplaceable experience at the heart of Capitol Hill. Our intern program offers first-hand exposure to the people and processes of Congress and Washington, DC. Interested candidates should apply directly to Cornerstone’s Intern Coordinator, Madeleine Cantrel at An application includes a cover letter and resume.

    The email’s subject line should read: Full Name – Internship Application

    Download with more info and deadlines. (PDF 53KB)

  • Ohio Republicans

    Ohio Republican Party Internships  

    more information