Undergraduate Resources

"Our programs are dedicated to excellence in teaching and research.  We offer rigorous undergraduate programs in which our students learn about data analysis and acquire knowledge about our discipline that explains a variety of social phenomena at home and abroad."

Ivan Dinev Ivanov
Associate Professor Educator, SPIA

SPIA Undergraduate Office Contact Details

Clifton Court Hall, Room 5114A

Undergraduate Handbook

The undergraduate handbook is a resource that covers everything related to your program of study and SPIA, including important information about capstones, senior thesis, honors programs, co-ops, internships, graduation, and more.


College and faculty advising will assist you in course selection, guide you through general education and major requirements, and inform you of educational and professional opportunities.

4+1 Program: BA/MA & BA/MPA

Undergraduate political science and international affairs majors at the University of Cincinnati have the opportunity to earn the Masters of Arts in Political Science or a Master of Public Administration as a natural extension of their undergraduate work. The Master's degree could enhance job prospects in government service, admission to law school, and recruitment to public policy positions in government or private industry. Students with the Master's degree enter civil service positions at a significantly higher grade level than those with only a bachelor's degree.

Speak to the SPIA Undergraduate Director for further information and advising.

BA + MA Program in Political Science

Honors Programs

School Honors go to graduates with greater than a 3.33 GPA in their major.

School High Honors are awarded to graduates with greater than a 3.67 GPA in their major (POL or INTA) who earn at least a “B” in an approved 7000-level graduate seminar or who complete a senior thesis (POL 5000-5001) prior to graduation.

Pi Sigma Alpha is the national political science honor society. The school inducts new members into the national Political Science Honor Society Pi Sigma Alpha each spring term. 

For further information, please review the SPIA undergraduate handbook.

Undergraduate Student Association

SPIA USA, the School of Public and International Affairs Undergraduate Student Alliance, will aim to reach students who are interested in politics, security, and the law and give them opportunities to interact with each other and professionals. Meetings will often include guest speakers who address various topics and take questions from members.

Contact the Undergraduate SPIA Program Coordinator for further information.

Internships and Experiential Learning

SPIA internship stipends are available.  Learn more here.
Washington Center Program
Study Abroad Program in Brussels and The Hague - Next anticipated Study Abroad Program will be in Spring 2023.
Undergraduate Teaching Assistantship
Model UN
Model APEC
Service Learning

Research Opportunities

Scholarships, Awards and Stipends