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Opportunities, Organizations, and Resources

Explore your interests and engage in the many opportunities, organizations, and resources available.

Take Your Education Abroad

We are proud to consistently rank among the top universities in the nation for the number of students studying abroad. More than 2,000 students earn academic credit through travel programs annually, both domestically and abroad.

No matter your major or area of study, you will find an opportunity to get to where you want to be.

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Research Centers and Opportunities

 

Our faculty and students conduct research in all aspects of political science and our courses cover important issues and questions of politics, including:

  • Constitutional rights and liberties
  • American foreign policy
  • World regional politics (western and eastern Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, Africa, Asia)
  • American presidency and Congress
  • Public management
  • Political philosophy
  • Parties and interest groups
  • International law
Political Science students can take advantage of many research opportunities at Miami University. Student research is presented at both Miami sponsored events as well as professional conferences across the United States.

The research centers housed in the department include:

In addition to these research centers, students can work with individual Political Science faculty members to pursue their own interests.


Academic Advising in Political Science

At Miami, faculty and staff define advising as a developmental and collaborative academic planning process that promotes self-efficacy for success at the university and beyond.

By DEVELOPMENTAL, we mean that advisors help students become progressively able to take responsibility for making wise decisions regarding their educational journey.

By COLLABORATIVE, we mean that the advising process is a two-way interaction in which students and their advisor(s) will explore various academic pathways so that students can attain a meaningful and purposeful educational experience throughout their time at Miami. Students will likely interact with multiple advisors throughout their college experience. Each advisor will have a unique perspective to share and will inform students of his/her particular area of expertise and will help students connect with other advisors as necessary. All advisors have students' success as their common goal.

The first step to successful academic advising is yours: take the initiative and ask questions. Academic advice at Miami University can come from a variety of places. First, there are a range of materials that can help you understand the requirements of the Miami Plan, your major, minor, and studying abroad opportunities. The Miami Bulletin and The Student Handbook are great resources that students should consult and keep handy.

You will be assigned an advisor within POL depending upon your major. Your POL advisor will assist you with your course planning. Your Degree Audit Report (DAR) has a lot of information that can help with academic advising (please bring a copy of your DAR with you, or a ‘what-if DAR’ that the college advising office can run for you, when you seek academic advice).

There are divisional advisors, such as the advisors of the College of Arts and Science (Room 146 Upham), who can help with a range of general questions about the Miami Plan, your academic program, and planning for the future.

The Lead of the Department, Bryan Marshall, Ph.D. marshabw@MiamiOH.edu, 529-0161, can assist you with questions as well as Chris Kelley, Ph.D, kelleycs@MiamiOH.edu, 529-3959, Lead Departmental Advisor.

In addition to Bryan Marshall and Chris Kelley, POL majors have a “Lead Departmental Advisor” who can help answer general questions about majors and minors. Patrick Haney haneypj@MiamiOH.edu, 529-4321 is the LDA for Diplomacy and Global Politics majors; Matt Arbuckle arbuckmb@MiamiOH.edu, 529-9017, is the LDA for Public Administration, Sara McLaughlin (GTY), mclaugsj@MiamiOH.edu, is the LDA Public Health majors, and for Pre-Law please contact Elizabeth Zimmerman, zimmerew@MiamiOH.edu, 529-6029.

Who is my Advisor?

Political Science

Last Name  Advisor  Email
A-B Christopher Kelley chris.kelley@MiamiOH.edu
C Laura Neack ganevvi@MiamiOH.edu
D-F Brian Danoff danoffbf@MiamiOH.edu
G Kevin Reuning reunink@MiamiOH.edu
H-L John Rothgeb rothgejm@MiamiOH.edu
M-ME Monica Schneider mschneider@MiamiOH.edu
MF-MZ Venelin Ganev ganevvi@MiamiOH.edu
N-P Ryan Barilleaux barillrj@MiamiOH.edu
Q-R Anne Whitesell whitesa4@MiamiOH.edu
SA-SH Anne Williamson wainscam@MiamiOH.edu
SI-SZ Sarah Larson larsonse@MiamiOH.edu
T-V Pat Haney haneypj@MiamiOH.edu
W-Z Bryan Marshall marshabw@MiamiOH.edu

Diplomacy & Global Politics

Advisor  Email 
Patrick Haney HANEYPJ@MiamiOH.edu

Public Administration

Advisor Email
Matt Arbuckle ARBUCKMB@MiamiOH.edu

Director Graduate Studies

Name Email
Matt Arbuckle ARBUCKMB@MiamiOH.edu

Student Organizations

There are many student organizations at Miami University that students in the Department of Political Science may want to explore. Students are encouraged to explore their interests and an important way to become engaged in your major or minor is to get involved in one of the student organizations on campus. Listed below are several student organizations or groups that many of our Political Science students are involved with.

Amicus Curiae Pre-Law Society

Amicus Curiae Pre-Law Society (AC) PHI is among the student organizations affiliated with the Pre-Law Programs in the College of Arts and Science. Membership in this group is open to any interested student who shares the aim of preparing and informing pre-law majors about a career in law. Amicus Curiae meets regularly and sponsors such activities as Mock Law Classes, LSAT preparation sessions, and Law Career Day (when representatives of leading law schools come to provide information about their schools to prospective applicants).

Adviser: Ms. Maria Vitullo, vitullmp@miamioh.edu, 529-0877.

College Democrats

The mission of College Democrats is to represent the Democratic Party by fostering a liberal environment on campus through political dialogue, outreach, and advocacy. They hold weekly meetings, organize events and programs to spread awareness, and much more.

Adviser: Dr. Chris Kelley, kelleycs@miamioh.edu, 529-3959.

College Republicans

College Republicans meets weekly to discuss current political issues and inform the student body about the conservative movement. Relevant speakers, events, and volunteer opportunities are provided in order to engage students in the mission of CRs.

Adviser: Dr. Ryan Barilleaux, barillrj@miamioh.edu, 529-2005.

The James Lewis Family Mock Trial Program

The James Lewis Family Mock Trial Program is an intercollegiate competition among schools who are members of the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA), founded in 1985. Today, over 230 schools nationwide, some of which have as many as five teams, are members of AMTA.

Adviser: Mr. Neal Schuett, schuetnd@miamioh.edu, 529-1560.

JANUS Forum

The Miami University JANUS Forum provides a place for all members of the campus community to come together and discuss opposing views freely and passionately. They provide a forum where students can explore the multitude of views that exist, and then arrive at their own opinion, knowing not only what they believe, but also why they believe it. The Janus Forum focuses on themes of American Constitutionalism, liberty, civic responsibility, political economy and the role of the public sector.

Advisers: Dr. Pat Haney, haneypj@miamioh.edu, 529-4321

Miami Association for Public Administration

The MIAMI ASSOCIATION FOR PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (MAPA) is a student organization committed to the advancement of public administration study at Miami University and to providing a forum for the discussion of issues relevant to the administration of the public sector. The Association affords the student an opportunity to interact with others interested in public management, obtain counseling and advice regarding the course of study as a public administration major, and be exposed to a wide range of professional activities. In the past, MAPA has co-sponsored a number of events and activities including scheduling and course advising sessions, internship seminars, speakers, both professional and academic, trips to the local chapter of ASPA in Cincinnati or to the national conference, and social outings.

Adviser: Dr. Matthew Arbuckle, arbuckmb@miamioh.edu, 529-9017

Miami University Model United Nations (MUMUN)

The Miami University Model United Nations (MUMUN) provides a forum where students may learn about the objectives and functions of the United Nations. Through concentrated interactions within the structure of a simulated United Nations, delegates can acquire unique perspective on international relations. Throughout, the MUMUN adheres to its purpose of participatory education in a manner which is both intellectually stimulating and enjoyable.

Adviser: Dr. Kathryn LaFever, lafevek@miamioh.edu, 529-0658.

Model Arab League (MAL)

The Model Arab League (MAL) is similar to the Model UN but with a focus on countries in the Middle East. Delegates represent individual countries and address current issues pertaining to relations among member states.

Adviser: Shawn Vanness, dubbersa@miamioh.edu, 529-0566. 

Pi Sigma Alpha

Pi Sigma Alpha is the national political science honorary society for students who:

  • have at least 10 semesters hours in political science at the 300-400 level.
  • have a B average or higher in those classes.
  • have an overall GPA that places you in the top 1/3 of the junior/senior class.

The chapter acts as a service agency, carrying out various departmental functions from time to time. Students who meet the requirements are encouraged to join and become better acquainted with other majors and with their professors. There is an initiation fee. Pi Sigma Alpha applications are accepted between December 1 through March 31)

Adviser: Dr. Chris Kelley, kelleycs@miamioh.edu, 529-3959.

Additional Programs of Interest

Ohio Public Leader Fellowships

The Ohio Public Leaders Fellowship Program provides students with a practical, co-curricular experience that enhances their understanding of the inner-workings of state and local government institutions. Students emerge prepared for success in the arena of public leadership while host organizations benefit from engaging with outstanding young talent.

The Ohio Public Leaders accepted into this program receive paid fellowships ($1,000-$2,500) and are selectively assigned to state or local government institutions or to related public or non-profit agencies throughout Ohio. The fellowships support special projects that are designed to meet the needs of partner agencies and the professional interests of Ohio Public Leaders.

With the support of the OPL Advisory Board, faculty, and professional mentors, our students typically complete their Ohio Public Leader fellowship during the four-week Winter Term. Over 100 Miami University students have been awarded Ohio Public Leader Fellowships.

The Ohio Public Leaders Fellowship is an initiative of the Center for Public Management and Regional Affairs housed within the Department of Political Science.

Application Deadline

October 13, 2023

Application

The online application can be found on the OPL Fellowship Application page.

OPL Advisory Board

Bradley M. Bundy
Vice President for University Advancement 
Miami University

Andrew M. Dudas '05
Budget Director,
Office of Budget & Evaluation,
City of Cincinnati, OH

Nick A. Selvaggio '88
Judge,
Champaign County, OH 
Court of Common Pleas

Megan Statt-Blake '03
Community Development Director,
City of Wyoming, OH

Tim Ingram
Health Commissioner, Retired
Hamilton County Public Health (OH)

Cheryl Subler '91
Managing Director, Policy 
County Commissioners Association of Ohio

Kim Cutlip
Executive Director,
Scioto Foundation (OH)

Dana McDaniel '87
City Manager
City of Dublin, OH

Patrick Titterington '87
Director of Public Safety & Services,
City of Troy, OH

Timothy S. Derickson '84
Assistant Director,
Ohio Department of Agriculture

Rick Platt '89
President and CEO,
Heath-Newark-Licking County Port Authority (OH)

J. Christopher Woolard '01
Senior Executive Director, Center for Performance and Impact
Ohio Department of Education

Mike Dittoe '05
Partner,
High Bridge Consulting
Columbus, OH

Nicole Bent ‘05
Deputy Director,
Office of the State Auditor-Ohio

Christopher D. Gilbert '00
Township Administrator,
Springfield Township, OH

Philip A. Russo, Jr.
Center Director, Emeriti
CPMRA-Miami University

Jane Howington ‘95
City Manager, Retired
City of Hudson, OH

John A. Jones '99
Police Chief
City of Oxford, OH

Andy Shifflette '98
Government Affairs Advisor,
Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter
Columbus, OH

Michael McNamara '98
Director of Community and Economic Development,
Clermont County, OH

Lisa Patt McDaniel '87
CEO/President
Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio
Columbus, Ohio

Christopher Pozzuto
City Manager,
City of Springboro, OH

Cherise Fanno Burdeen '93
Senior Fellow
National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Washington, D.C.

Mike Hinnenkamp
Executive Director,
Ohio Plan 

2023 Ohio Public Leader Fellows: Summer Term

Jack Humenay
Sophia Miller

2023 Ohio Public Leader Fellows: Winter Term

Olivia Balakos
Spencer Baker
Ashley Butcher
Shelby Dolley
Katy Fischer
Alexis Jacobs
Chloe Pesa

2022 Ohio Public Leader Fellows: Summer Term

Callaway Chapman
Christopher Mann
Cathleen McLaughlin

2022 Ohio Public Leader Fellows: Winter Term

Caroline Baxley
Corrine Jeffries
Maille Drellishak
Sara Rainey

2020 Ohio Public Leader Fellows: Fall Term

Riley Coyne
Donovan White
Morgan Sturm 
Lily Wilmot

2020 Ohio Public Leader Fellows: Winter Term

Kelleigh Beatty
Dion Mensah
Clare DiCuccio
Blake Mullennix
Joseph Humenick
Selena Mungur
Austin Lorenzo
Lauren Strope
Edith Lui
Nitya Sunil
Morgan McCracken
Dan Wozniak

Honors Program in Political Science

Students with an overall grade point average of 3.5 and above, and a 3.7 GPA in the POL, DGP, or PA major, who are at the end of their third year or beginning of their fourth year, are invited to declare their intent to pursue Departmental Honors in Political Science to be completed during their fourth year. Students who may be finishing their degree in 3 years may also apply for their final year. Students must have at least 9 hours in political science coursework at a 300 level or above.  To declare their intent to pursue honors, students must identify a faculty sponsor, a topic, and fill out a form signed by the faculty sponsor. The forms can be found in the main office and must be completed by September 1st of a student’s fourth or final year in order to be eligible for the program.

To complete Departmental Honors, students must do the following:

  • Complete the POL, DGP, or PA major with at least a 3.7 major GPA;
  • Complete the following:
    1. A thesis paper, under the guidance of a POL faculty member. This paper must be read by a second faculty in POL (to be chosen by the student with the assistance of his or her primary sponsor) and both faculty members must sign that the work of the thesis is honors quality.  This paper may be one that is a significant extension of an internship or fellowship experience, presented at a professional conference, completed as part of the Dean's Scholar or Undergraduate Summer Scholar program, or counted for the Honors College. Completion of the aforementioned programs does not guarantee departmental honors.
    2. One 2-credit hour independent study (POL 477, Departmental Honors) with the faculty member who is your primary sponsor. Internship hours or hours in another department’s honors program may count towards these Independent Study hours, with permission of your primary advisor.
  • (Optional) Participate in the University Undergraduate Research forum in spring semester.

Inside Washington

The Inside Washington program is unlike any other program in the country. Students have the unique opportunity to engage in small group meetings with prominent politicians, newsmakers, journalists and other Washington-based figures. They also ride the coattails of previous students into highly-competitive internships in the field of their choice.

  • Summer Program: 8 hours of academic credit is earned for completing the Inside Washington Summer program. Internships comprise seven of the ten weeks. A maximum of three (3) credit hours will count towards POL major requirements.
  • Spring Semester Program: 16 hours of academic credit come from four classes including a 10-week internship. A maximum of six (6) credit hours will count towards POL major requirements.
If you have questions about the program, please contact Dr. Matthew Arbuckle at arbuckmb@miamioh.edu or Dr. Bryan Marshall at marshabw@miamioh.edu.

For more Information, please visit the Inside Washington page.

Prodesse Scholars Program

The Prodesse Scholars Program (including the Law & Politics theme) offers energetic and gifted incoming first-year Miami students an intensive and intimate one-year, cohort-based experience that is led by an outstanding faculty member, focused on a cross-cutting and relevant theme or problem, and supported by one of Miami’s renowned interdisciplinary centers or institutes.

We are no longer accepting applications to this program.

Law Day Fair

Held in the autumn of each year, the Law Day Fair provides students with the opportunity to meet with law school representatives from around the country.

Contact To Learn More

Political Science Scholarships and Funding

Political Science awards a number of scholarships on an annual basis. Please contact the Department of Political Science for additional information about scholarships and funding opportunities.

Each year, the Department of Political Science at Miami University celebrates its top students by bestowing a variety of honors upon our majors. To distinguish between the awards, we divide them into “prizes,” “scholarships,” and “recognitions.” Prizes tend to be given “on the spot” to reward the winner of a contest or to reward someone for achieving a high level of past work. By contrast, scholarships are intended to support your tuition or research for study. Recognitions are a way of honoring our students, but do not carry a monetary prize. Each individual prize, scholarship, and recognition was created by the generosity of a particular donor or in honor of an individual person.

Every year, spring semester, the Department hosts a ceremony to honor the many accomplishments of our majors. In addition to awarding these prizes, scholarships, and recognitions, we also honor students in our majors for their activities at a University level (e.g., Dean’s Scholars and Undergraduate Summer Scholars) or beyond (e.g., Truman Fellowship, Seasongood Fellowship, or Fulbright).

Scholarship Application Procedure

  • Review the scholarship information below to determine if you are eligible—some awards are for first year students only, some for rising juniors or seniors.
  • You may apply for as many scholarships as you are eligible, but you must provide an application letter for each individual scholarship.
  • Application documentation must include:
    • A cover letter to the Awards Committee explaining why you best meet the scholarship criteria. At the end of your cover letter, please include two Political Science faculty members who support your application. We do not need letters of recommendation.
    • A .pdf copy of your DAR.

For questions about awards, scholarship, or prizes, please contact Dr. Christopher Kelley, kelleycs@miamioh.edu.

The deadline for consideration is 5 pm, March 6, 2024.

Prizes

  • The Engel Prize in Political Science - The Engel Prize in Political Science was established in 1997 through the generosity of Alan and Sondra Engel. The nomination and selection of awardees is made by faculty teaching courses in the area of public law. This is given for outstanding promise in the field of law and public affairs to one junior and one senior, with a copy of Black’s Law Dictionary. Alan Engel was a member of the Department of Political Science from 1960-1997 when he retired at the rank of Professor. He was very active in university faculty governance and served for many years as one of Miami’s premier pre-law advisors.

Recognitions

  • Howard White Award - Howard White was chairman of the Department of Government at Miami University from 1927 to 1958. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the American Political Science Association from 1938-1941, and President of the Midwest Conference of Political Scientists from 1942-1946. He served as a delegate to the European Conference of Professors of International Law and Relations in 1926 and was a member of the Heidelberg International Workshop on the Social Studies in 1950. In 1959 he participated as a delegate to the Atlantic Council in London, and was also involved in the 5th NATO Parliamentarians Conference in Washington. Active in state and local government and author of many publications, Dr. White had a truly distinguished career as a political scientist.  This award recognizes seniors who have excelled in their scholarship and leadership.
  • Cyril Kofie Daddieh Award - The Cyril Kofie Daddieh Award recognizes outstanding continuing students in the Department of Political Science who have compiled an impressive overall academic record and excelled in the Department of Political Science’s three majors. Dr. Daddieh joined Miami University in 2006 as Director of Black World Studies and Professor of Political Science. After serving five years in Black World Studies, he returned to research and teaching in the Department of Political Science where he taught international relations and black world studies courses. Born in Jaway, Ghana, Dr. Daddieh spent his summers conducting research in Ghana and the Côte d’Ivoire. For several presidential election cycles he participated as an election monitor through the Ghanaian Center for Democracy and Development. He wrote a myriad of articles on the political economy and electoral system in Ghana. In addition, he published several books on rural development and subsistence farming, including a 700-page tome titled Historical Dictionary of the Côte d’Ivoire, which was published in February 2016. Dr. Daddieh passed away in April 2017 at the age of 62.

Departmental Honors

Students with an overall grade point average of 3.5 and above, and a 3.7 GPA in the POL, DGP, or PA major, who are at the end of their third year or beginning of their fourth year, are invited to declare their intent to pursue Departmental Honors in Political Science to be completed during their fourth year. Students who may be finishing their degree in 3 years may also apply for their final year. Students must have at least 9 hours in political science coursework at a 300 level or above.  To declare their intent to pursue honors, students must identify a faculty sponsor, a topic, and fill out a form signed by the faculty sponsor. The forms can be found in the main office and must be completed by September 1st of a student’s fourth or final year in order to be eligible for the program.

To complete Departmental Honors, students must do the following:

  • Complete the POL, DGP, or PA major with at least a 3.7 major GPA.
  • Complete the following:
    • A thesis paper, under the guidance of a POL faculty member. This paper must be read by a second faculty in POL (to be chosen by the student with the assistance of his or her primary sponsor) and both faculty members must sign that the work of the thesis is honors quality.  This paper may be one that is a significant extension of an internship or fellowship experience, presented at a professional conference, completed as part of the Dean's Scholar or Undergraduate Summer Scholar program, or counted for the University Honors Program. Completion of the aforementioned programs does not guarantee departmental honors.
    • One 2-credit hour independent study (POL 477, Departmental Honors) with the faculty member who is your primary sponsor. Internship hours or hours in another department’s honors program may count towards these Independent Study hours, with permission of your primary advisor. 
  • (Optional) Participate in the University Undergraduate Research forum in spring semester.

Scholarships

  • Gary Best Memorial Scholarship - The Gary L. Best Memorial Award was established by the Department of Government in 1966 to confer high honor upon a student of distinguished scholarship and professional promise. This scholarship is awarded to a student who is a rising senior majoring in Political Science who demonstrates excellence and an interest and promise in teaching.
  • Sara C. Glosik Scholarship - Sara Glosik was a native of Brecksville, Ohio, and was a junior at Miami University majoring in Political Science and Finance. She was involved in a number of campus activities, including the lecture board and the multicultural council. She was also an active member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority. She died an untimely death at the age of 20 in a car accident over Easter weekend of 2002, and her family, friends, and sorority sisters have endowed this scholarship in her memory. This scholarship is based on academic merit and is awarded preferably to a rising junior or rising senior female student, majoring in political science, with interests business and/or economics.
  • Augustus J. "Gus" Jones, Jr. Memorial Scholarship - The Augustus J. "Gus" Jones, Jr. Memorial Scholarship was established by the Department of Political Science and the family of Dr. Jones to honor his memory upon his unexpected death in 2015. Dr. Jones taught courses and conducted research on American civil liberties, constitutional law, civil rights, and American politics and diversity. In addition, he served Miami’s students as a pre-law adviser for nearly 30 years. He was selected as Outstanding Educator by the Miami University Alumni Association in 1999 and was named Distinguished Educator by the College of Arts and Science in 2002. This scholarship will be awarded every spring for the next academic year and given to students of historically underrepresented populations, with preference to African American students.
  • Dr. Philip A. Russo Jr. Public Administration Scholarship - For more than 40 years, Dr. Russo has dedicated his life to teaching students about public administration and public leadership and toward empowering local governments across the state of Ohio. During his career, Dr. Russo was recognized repeatedly for teaching effectiveness, and nominated for various awards. He was named Miami's Outstanding Professor selected by the ASG-CAC.  He is the founding Director of the Center for Public Management and Regional Affairs, and was the Principal Investigator for over 30 external grant/contracts from various federal, state, local, and private agencies. The scholarship will help recruit incoming public administration students – and shape our next generation of student leaders with a passion for impacting their local communities. NOTE: Available to incoming first year students only.

For Additional Information

Please contact the Department of Political Science for additional information about scholarships and funding opportunities.

If you'd like to view a list of past award receipients, visit our Award Recipients pages