Celebrating 100 Years
Welcome to the Department of Political Science Centennial Page! The Department of Political Science is celebrating its 100th year here at Miami University. We want to share with you exciting Centennial program information and showcase some of the wonderful things our students are doing. We began at Miami as the Department of Government in 1922 with Howard White chairing the department for over three decades (until 1958). In 1969, along with the behavioral revolution shaping the discipline at that time, the department changed its name to the Department of Political Science.
Love and Honor: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
Preparing our students for meaningful lives and careers remains at the heart of our mission here at Miami. In order to deliver on that mission, we need the helping hand of our alumni more than ever. Diversity is growing within our major - we are attracting students with a variety of backgrounds, including first-generation college students. So the needs of our students remains a critical challenge. We have incredible students and much of what we do each year is directly the result of your passion and generosity—your gifts make the impossible, possible, for our students. I’m asking all of our alumni to consider how they might create opportunities for Miami students and how we might begin to secure a foundation for future students together, one that can last the next 100 years! The Political Science Centennial Fund will help us recruit students through scholarships as well as to open doors of opportunity through experiential learning experiences. These experiences include internships, study away/abroad programs, professional conferences and research, to name just a few. Together, we can build this endowment that will provide financial support for our students every year in perpetuity. Let’s celebrate this historic marker by making the impossible—possible, so that we can continue creating life-changing experiences for our extraordinary students. Help us develop the Miami leaders, problem-solvers, and difference-makers for the next generation.
– Bryan Marshall, Professor and Chair
Make the Impossible Possible
See how your generous support has impacted the lives of our students.
I was placed in a cadet wing, becoming a honorary member of King Rats 33rd Squadron during my stay. The panels consisted of intriguing speakers, ranging from retired generals and international academics, all providing a diverse perspective on the “Roaring Dragon.”...This experience allowed me to learn from field matter experts, expand my networks to students and professionals from around the world, and enhance subject matter knowledge through innovative methods. I am grateful for being given the opportunity to participate in this event.
United States Air Force Academy Assembly Conference
I am so grateful that I was able to go on the Law and Policy in London program thanks to support I received from alumni of Miami's political science department. It was an incredible experience, and I learned so much about the history and politics in London through tours around the city, museum visits, and excursions within and beyond the city. Some of my favorite parts include our tour of Parliament in the Palace of Westminster and our day trip to Bath. I will always remember this trip fondly!
London Law and Policy
In January 2022, I was fortunate to travel to London with Miami University's Law & Policy study abroad program. During my stay in London, I was treated to an array of experiences that helped better my personal and professional development goals...As I reflect on my journey to London as a period of extended growth and independence. It was truly once in a lifetime opportunity and I would not trade it for anything.
London Law and Policy
Thank You for Your Generosity
From Miami's Old Main (1816-1958) to Harrison Hall (1959-Present)
- Howard White, 1927 - 57
- Joseph E. Black, 1958 - 63
- James R. Woodworth, Acting, 1963 - 64
- James R. Woodworth, 1965 - 69
- Herbert Waltzer, 1970 - 82
- David D. McLellan, Acting, 1982 - 83
- Steven M. DeLue, 1983 - 94
- Susan A. Kay, Acting, 1994 - 95
- Susan A. Kay, 1995 - 00
- Warren L. Mason, Acting, 2000 - 01
- Ryan Barilleaux, 2001 - 10
- Steve DeLue, 2011 - 12
- Patrick Haney, 2012 - 16
- Bryan Marshall, 2017 - present