• 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.


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    Welcome 2021

  • POL well represented at President's Distinguished Service Awards

    Congratulations to Ifeolu Claytor, Lana Pochiro, Maggie Reilly, Olivia Vandervoort, and Kelsi White who were recipients of the 2017 President's Distinguished Service Award. We are very proud of all of you.

    See all of the POL students recognized at the 2017 POL Awards and Recognition Banquet.

    President's Distinguished Service Award

    L-R: Olivia Vandervoort, Maggie Reilly, and Kelsi White

  • POL Student Spotlight: Rachel Reeves

    Congratulations to POL's Rachel Reeves for receiving the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship! Rachel along with two other students will be receiving the Gilman Scholarship, funded by the US Department of State, to help fund their study abroad experiences this upcoming spring.

    These students are three of the 850 American undergraduates selected from over 2,700 applicants for the Spring 2017 Gilman Scholarship Program. Rachel (Political Science, East Asian Languages and Culture) will be spending the spring semester in Chengdu, China with the USAC Chinese Language and Culture Program.

    In addition to the Gilman Scholarship, Rachel also received scholarships from Freeman-ASIA, a program administered by the Institute for International Education and funded by the Freeman Foundation to increase the number of undergraduate students studying abroad in Asia. Congratulations Rachel!

  • 2017 Ohio Public Leader Fellows

    Congratulations to the following students who have been awarded and are now serving 2017 Ohio Public Leader Fellowships:

    2017 Ohio Public Leader Fellows

    Front Row: Lauren Elliott, Nathan Mandrell & Jeff Gord
    Back Row: Jacob Bruggeman, Natalie Roberts, Amanda Smith, President Crawford, Dylan Bentley, Kyle Chance, Lindsey McCready, Deanna Krokos & Lexi Burney
    Not Pictured: David Colston, Libby Edgar, & Dexter Wright

    The OPL Fellowships are being served during the 2017 Winter term.

  • The Augustus J. “Gus” Jones, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

    Gus JonesThe Department of Political Science and the family of Dr. Jones wish to honor Gus’s memory by establishing a scholarship in his name: The Augustus J. “Gus” Jones, Jr. Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded every spring for the next academic year and given to to students of historically underrepresented populations, with first preference to African American students. Checks can be made to the Miami University Foundation and note “Gus Jones” on the memo line, or gifts can be made online at, and click “other fund” and in the box below write “Gus Jones.”




  • 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

  • What is the CAS/Miami Plan Advanced Writing Requirement?

    All students are required to fulfill an Advanced Writing Requirement. You can identify these courses by the W-designation, e.g., POL 241W, POL or POL 338W. All capstone course fulfill the 400W requirement for POL majors. 

    Learn more about the Advanced Writing requirement from the Howe Writing Center.

  • Who is my POL Advisor?

    The POL advisors list has been updated for 2017-18. NOTE: Advisors have been assigned for incoming first year students (2017) 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?

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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


  • To be announced...



  • 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.
  • Connie Pillich for Governor

    Posted 8/21: Connie Pillich for Governor

    Our internship is designed to train college students and recent post-grads to become community organizers and political leaders. Interns will learn skills that will prepare them for entry-level positions on political campaigns. These skills include mobilizing communities, organizing political events, volunteer recruitment, and managing campaign data. We are looking for students with a passion to elect Democrats in Ohio.

    Internships are available with flexible hours and will likely include some of the following activities:

    • Voter contact, recruitment of volunteers, and the training of the new set of volunteers.
    • Campaign research encompassing a variety of information ranging from issue briefs to public record research.
    • Assist in the planning, promotion and execution of campaign events.

    Who are we looking for?

    • Smart, energetic, and fun people who are interested in gaining experience and involvement in politics • Strong computer and internet skills (Microsoft Office, internet research, email, social media etc.);
    • Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines;
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
    • Strong attention to detail and commitment to quality work product;
    • Available to intern 10-15 hours per week;
    • In the process of earning a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a related field.
    • Recent post-grads are encouraged to apply!

    Qualified candidates should submit a resume, and at least three professional references by email, with the subject line “Friends of Connie Pillich Internship 2017” to

  • Political Science Internships Available in Nepal!

    posted 8/21: Internship Nepal offers students an opportunity to students for internships in law, political science, and human rights research

    Internship Nepal comes blended with the following inclusions and activities:

    • Accommodations-Food, Wi-Fi, and Homestay at affordable costs
    • Placements in various organizations working in the fields of human rights
    • Data facts recollection, active research, and statistical analysis
    • Brainstorming, interaction sessions and presentations
    • Interviews with renowned personnel in this line of work
    • Library visits, reports and thesis preparation
    • Regular hikes, trips and tours inside and outside Kathmandu valley
    • Guaranteed continuous guidance and individual support to the students from trained journalists and professionals
    • Practical, competitive and pro-active approach on the field as is demanded by this line of work

    If interested in exploring opportunities with Internship Nepal in Kathmandu, you can email or visit their website for more information. 

    To apply fill out the online application here.

  • Mike DeWine Internship

    posted 8/17: Mike DeWine for Ohio

    Mike DeWine For Ohio is searching for motivated and interested interns in their Columbus office for the Fall of 2017!

    Mike DeWine For Ohio is Attorney General Mike DeWine’s official Gubernatorial Campaign. By joining Team DeWine, students will experience great networking opportunities, gain a better understanding of state politics, learn how political campaigns are run, and assist a great public servant as he runs to become the next Governor of Ohio. 

    Please contact Tim Lanzendorfer for more information and an application. 
  • 2018 Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship

    POSTED 8/14/17: The Rangel Program is pleased to announce the opening of the application period for its 2018 graduate fellowship. NOTE: The application deadline is September 21, 2017. The Fellowship welcomes applications from individuals who want to make a difference in the world through careers as Foreign Service Officers in the U.S. Department of State. The Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program provides benefits of up to $37,500 annually toward a two-year master's degree, arranges internships on Capitol Hill and at U.S. embassies, and provides mentorship and professional development support. Fellows can use the fellowship to attend two-year master's programs in U.S. institutions to study an area of relevance to the Foreign Service, including international relations, public policy, public administration, economics, or business administration. Upon successful completion of the two-year fellowship and Foreign Service entry requirements, Fellows join the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State, embarking on a uniquely rewarding career of international service. Applicants must be college seniors or graduates planning to start two-year graduate programs in fall 2018, must have GPAs of at least 3.2, and must be U.S. citizens. The program welcomes any undergraduate major and encourages applications from members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need. Information and application materials can be found at  The Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by Howard University.     

  • Intern with U.S. Rep Steve Chabot

    POSTED 7/6: Rep. Chabot is looking for fall 2017 interns...Apply Today: email a resume, cover letter and writing sample to

    Chabot internship

  • Butler County Democratic Party Internship Program

    Posted 4/20: The Butler County Democratic Party is seeking ambitious and hard-working people to support our coordinated campaign efforts. We are currently focused on research and organizing projects as well as on various local and statewide campaigns. We look for interns on a rolling and ongoing basis to assist with our daily operations. Interns will be responsible for helping to support the various facets of the party. They are as follows:
    • Field and Organizing
    • Political Data/Targeting
    • Volunteer and Voter Outreach
    • Communications
    • Information Technology
    • Operations
    • Research
    • Administrative
    • Finance
    • Voter Protection

    The ideal candidate must be high energy, efficient, well-organized and be able to think on his/her feet. We are looking for people who can multi-task, work well with deadlines and under pressure and are strongly committed to Democratic ideals. Candidates with excellent oral and written communication skills are preferred.

    Interns will work primarily out of our headquarters in downtown Hamilton. There are limited opportunities to work in the field with regional chairs in Middletown, West Chester and Oxford. There are opportunities for evening and weekend hours as well as during the regular ‘business’ day. We will accommodate school and work schedules. If you are enthusiastic, excited about politics and want to learn, this is a great opportunity to see things from the inside. This rewarding and valuable opportunity is a non-paid internship, but can frequently be applied toward credit for school.

    To be considered for this opportunity, please send a cover letter and resume to

    Butler County Democratic Party
    224-226 Park Avenue
    Hamilton, OH 45013
    (513) 896-5201

  • Environment America Needs Seniors!

    posted 1/26: Environment America is currently looking for seniors to participate in a fellowship with the organization to "defend the progress [they've] made and stay focused on what America can do and must do for our environment". 

    Environment America is looking to recruit a team of staff that will work to:

    • Protect the bees by banning toxic chemicals that are helping to drive bees and other pollinators toward extinction.
    • Commit more communities and campuses to 100% renewable energy and to fight to keep more fossil fuels in the ground
    • Protect the parks and places loved by all.
    • Most of all, they're committed to inviting everyone to join, regardless of political divisions, Environment America strives to protect the same environment that everyone lives in.

    For more information on Environment America, click this link and to apply for a job with the organization, click this link.

  • U.S. PIRG is Looking For Seniors!

    posted 1/26: The United States Public Interest Research Group is currently recruiting seniors for their own fellowship. The U.S. PIRG fellowship will "defend the progress [they've] made and stay focused on what America can do and must do for the public interest."

    Those recruited to work in the fellowship will work to:

    • Keep chemicals linked to cancer out of rivers, food and bodies by banning Monsanto's Roundup unless it's proven safe
    • Keep a "consumer cop on the financial beat" despite the protests of Wall Street lobbyists.
    • Keep big donors from gaining even more influence over elections.

    If interested in working with the U.S. PIRG, please click this link

  • Scoville Fellowship Application

    Posted 12/9: The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship is looking for recent college/graduate school alumni to apply for a six to nine month fellowship in Washington DC focusing on arms control, peace, and international security issues. Scoville Fellows work with one of more than two dozen participating public-interest organizations. They may undertake a variety of activities, including research, writing, public education and advocacy on a range of security issues, including nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, non-proliferation, missile defense, weapons trade, environmental and energy security, and peacekeeping, that support the goals of their host organization, and may attend coalition meetings, policy briefings and Congressional hearings.

    Fellows are supervised by senior level staff and often have the opportunity to publish articles, blogs, or reports. The program also arranges meetings for the fellows with policy experts. Many former Scoville Fellows have gone on to pursue graduate degrees in international relations and taken prominent positions in the field of peace and security with public interest organizations, the Federal Government, academia and media.

    Candidates must have an excellent academic record and a strong interest in issues of peace and security. The program is open to all U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens living in the U.S. eligible for employment. Benefits include a $3,000 monthly salary, health insurance, board and alumni mentoring, travel to Washington, DC to begin the fellowship, and a small stipend to attend meetings or take a course.

    The Application Deadline for the Fall 2017 Deadline is January 6, 2017 while the Spring 2018 deadline is October 2, 2017.

    For further information, program description and application requirements, contact at: (202) 446-1565, or 

  • Orr Fellowship Post-Graduate Opportunity

    Posted 8/29: On September 6-7, Allison Rosebrough, a 2016 Miami graduate and fellow at the Orr Fellowship, will be visiting Miami University to speak to students about the possibility of joining the Orr Fellowship.

    The Orr Fellowship is a two-year post-graduate fellowship that connects talented young individuals with start-ups and high growth companies. The Orr Fellowship is open to all majors and is looking for students who are interested.

    Application Requirements are as follows:

    • Cumulative 3.5 GPA or higher (students with as low as a 3.2 GPA and extensive leadership experience may be considered)
    • Strong interest in entrepreneurial business and/or organizational leadership
    • Demonstrated leadership potential (leaders in on and off-campus organizations/athletics)
    • An expected graduation date of December 2016 or May 2017 with one or more undergraduate major 

    If interested in applying, please visit the Orr Fellowship's website at

  • Sen. Sherrod Brown Internships

    POSTED 8/1: The Cincinnati office of U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown is seeking interns for the fall of 2017 Semester. Interns in Senator Brown’s Office work on a wide range of projects with staff.  Our internships are designed primarily for the educational benefit of students currently enrolled in college and are unpaid. Interns will have the opportunity to participate in all aspects of the office administration, activities, working with constituents, developing special programs, writing briefings, and attending community events.  As an intern, you will: Gain insight into the workings of a Senate office and the federal government Speak with constituent on the phone, or at special events Open and distribute constituent mail, review incoming correspondence Assist the staff with casework requests Improve your writing skills and customer service skills Research legislative issues, monitor Senate committees Complete projects and briefing requests as assigned Hours and duration of the internships are negotiable. To apply, please contact For additional information, please call Senator Brown’s office at 513-684-1021.

  • OH Democratic Caucus

    POSTED 8/1: The Ohio House Democratic Caucus (OHDC) is currently seeking motivated, politically-minded individuals to join the OHDC Internship Program for the 2016 election cycle from when they return to school in August until November 15th.

    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

    Interested applicants should submit a resume to Alyssa Wischmann at

  • Republican Leadership Initiative opportunity

     Posted 1/5/16

    Republican Leadership Initiative

  • Internships in Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley's office

    ONGOING: Mayor John Cranley's office is now accepting applications for spring, summer, and fall internships. If interested, send your resume and writing sample to


  • Rep. Wenstrup Internships

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

    Spring Session – Preference will extended to those who submit applications by November 15th
    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

    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


  • Join the Ethics Bowl Team!

    Like debating important social, ethical, and global issues? Join Miami’s Ethics Bowl Team! 

    The Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl is a national organization that provides students an opportunity to compete in a debate style tournament focused on ethical issues. Students are judged on their understanding of facts, articulation of ethical content, argument presentation, and responses to opposition. Topics span all sorts of disciplines including science, medicine, sustainability, business, and more. So they desire a diversity of majors. It's a great way to learn about new topics and to gain critical thinking as well as speaking skills. Many former Ethics Bowl participants believe that Ethics Bowl preparation and competition helped them develop important skills that they continue to use in their jobs today. 

    For more information about Ethics Bowls and how they work, click this link. Currently, the team meets each Tuesday from 8 pm- 9 pm in the lobby of Benton Hall. Because the Ethics Bowl Team has official University sponsorship we will be able to compete against other universities and colleges. If you have any questions or an interest in joining, feel free to contact Matthew Marino by email at