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The Department of Political Science and Geography is currently accepting applications for Fall 2018/Spring 2019 Departmental Scholarships!


The Mansour O. El-Kikhia Study Abroad Endowed Scholarship: Available to undergraduate and graduate Political Science and Geography majors, UTSA GPA of at least 2.5 for undergraduate students/3.0 for graduate students, must be registered in a summer study abroad course.  

The James Baxter Endowed Scholarship: Available to undergraduate Political Science majors who have completed of 60 credit hours, maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 and enrollment of 12 or more hours during the Fall and Spring semesters of award. Preference given to students with financial need.

The James D. Calder Annual Scholarship: Available to undergraduate Political Science and Geography majors, UTSA GPA of at least 2.7 and completion of 60 credit hours.

The Minnie P. Mastoris Endowed Scholarship: Available to undergraduate Geography majors, resident of Bexar County, top 50% of high school class or GPA of at least 2.50 at college level, and enrollment of 12 or more hours for the Fall and Spring semesters of award.

The Ruben Munguia Endowed Scholarship: Available to graduate Political Science majors enrolled in 6 hours or more during semester of award, hours enrolled must lead to master’s degree. One-page essay required.

Application deadline for Summer 2016 scholarship is March 15, 2016.

Application deadline for Fall 2016/Spring 2017 scholarships is February 15, 2016.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applications are available in MS 4.03.02.


Please obtain scholarship applications from the department office or website (if available) and return completed copies by February 15th:

Multidisciplinary Studies Building (MS)
Room 4.03.62
(210) 458-5883

Study Abroad


The Department of Political Science and Geography announces this exciting new two-course sequence, GES 4853.01S/GRG 6973.01S  STUDY ABROAD: GUANAJUATO, MX & GES 4853.02S/GRG 6973.02S  STUDY ABROAD: PUEBLA, MX (6 hrs total).

The course, led by Dr. Miguel de Oliver and Dr. Richard Jones, geography professors in the Department, will run from July 9 to August 14, 2018. The classroom portion will be from July 9-19, followed by the field portion from July 20 to August 9. The cost will be tuition for the two courses; plus a $1600 course fee for transportation, lodging, and faculty support (due upon registration for the course). The latter fee covers cash on hand to cover incidentals and two meals on most days (breakfast is provided by the hotels/dorms); and finally, a $150 fee charged by the Study Abroad Office (due at time of application).

There are still spaces left in the course, but we advise that you act soon! A description of what is in store for you in Guanajuato, Puebla, and Mexico City appears on the Study Abroad website for our course here


The Guanajuato region has a remarkably rich and variegated economic and cultural history---mining, independence, revolution, ejido and commercial agriculture, transnational manufacturing plants, a colonial cultural landscape, museums (e.g., Diego Rivera’s home and the Alhóndiga), churches, art and music. All this history is played out on a highland landscape of hills and plains. Guanajuato is unique in all of Mexico---and a geographic cornucopia. Owing to its pedestrian nature, students will be within walking distance of shady plazas, ornate colonial buildings, museums, churches, underground catacombs, and narrow alleyways (callejones) ascending the hills surrounding the city. They will get to observe the competition between public and private spaces and the architectural adaptations to the precipitous landscape. They will also visit agricultural and industrial sites in the surrounding region, walk a prehistoric ceremonial center, and experience the history of nearby small towns on a bicycle traverse of the hinterland. Professors from the University of Guanajuato will give talks and lead field trips within and outside the city.


 Puebla was between two classical civilizations, those of Teotihuacan and Tajin, and its rich prehistory is celebrated in museums such as the Amparo in Puebla and the archaeological museum in nearby Cholula---site of the largest pyramid in the New World. Its colonial architectural styles range from Renaissance to Mexican Baroque, and the city was named a World Heritage Site in 1987. This city of 2 million people (the fourth largest in Mexico) is known for its mole poblano (a rich sauce of chile, nuts, and chocolate) and china poblana (traditional outfit of a white blouse and embroidered skirt originating in rural Puebla). It is famous for the Mexican victory over the invading French on May 5, 1862, whose strategic battle can be experienced at the Guadalupe Fort site on the outskirts of the city. The first uprising of the Mexican Revolution was here, at the home and grounds of the heroic Serdan family, in 1910. The city is also known as site of the world’s largest Volkswagen assembly plant outside of Germany. Under the guidance of professors from the UPAEP, the Popular Autonomous University of the State of Puebla, students will learn about Puebla’s history, economic growth, physical geography, social mobility, poverty programs, environmental problems, political change, and US migration. They will visit a migrant community and experience its traditions and its initiatives.


Given the importance of the capital and its proximity to Puebla, the field portion of the course will finish with three days in Mexico City, where students will visit the Zocalo (historic central plaza of the city and country, with its Aztec Temple, Cathedral, National Palace, and nearby museums as well as the Palace of Fine Arts); Chapultepec Park (with its Castle, monuments, Museum of Anthropology, and Art Museums); and the Zona Rosa with its restaurants, galleries, and nightlife.  

The program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. We have arranged excursions into the historic, social (migratory), and economic landscapes of the surroundings of both Guanajuato and Puebla. At the end of the trip, we will visit Mexico City, as noted above. Professors from the University of Guanajuato will participate in the first part of the field portion of the course. Professors from the Popular Autonomous University of the State of Puebla will coordinate and lead the second part of the field portion of the course. There are no Department of State travel advisories for either city. Guanajuato, Puebla, and Mexico City are all listed in Category 4, which is the least restricted.

For further information please contact one of us at or


Previous Trips

Study Abroad to Frankfurt, Germany (led by Dr. Hofferberth)

               When: Summer 2017 (L Term) - July 24th to August 4th 2017

               For more information, click here.

               For the application form, click here.


Study Abroad to Mexico (led by Dr. Sotomayor)

               When: Summer 2017

               For more information, click here.

               The Carlos Malú Álvarez International Study Scholarship (For Mexico City)

Guanajuato, Mexico Summer 2016 Led by Dr. Richard Jones


UTSA and the Department of Political Science & Geography offer students numerous opportunities to enhance their education and to ease the financial burden of earning undergraduate and graduate degrees. The federal and local governments, corporations, lobbying organizations, and non-profit groups offer internships to enhance students' university experiences. Some internships are paid; others are volunteer positions. In most cases, students receive university credit. The university also aids students in locating and applying for grants and scholarships and trains students as Supplemental Instructors. The Department provides additional opportunities for M.A. students, such as Research Assistant positions and Teaching Assistant positions.

All of these opportunities provide valuable experience and are excellent assets for your resume. These awards indicate to graduate programs and potential employers that you stand above the rest.

A message from the Internship Coordinator:

Fellow Roadrunners,

I am Javier Oliva and I am proud to serve as your internship coordinator for the department.  As you obtain an outstanding education at UTSA, please know that you can capitalized on your education by obtaining  career experience through our internship program.  We have various opportunities that can complement your studies in preparation for your career in politics, law, geography and global affairs. We can place you in elected officials offices, political campaigns, district attorney’s office, law firms, non-profits and city county and federal offices as well private businesses.  Please contact me below if you have any interest in obtaining academic credit towards your major or minor in our department at the address below.  I look forward to finding a great fit that will enhance your education and experience at UTSA.


Javier F. Oliva J.D.

Internship Coordinator

Senior Lecturer


Internship Registration Form 

Please Submit your form to Student Development Specialist, Victoria Tijerina 

Internship Opportunities

Noblis Internship link 1 and link 2. For GRG/POL/LGS

Geography Internships

Political Science Internships

Geography/Political Science

Intern: Public Outreach (Edwards Aquifer Authority)




The Department of Political Science & Geography does not support any political candidate or political party and internship postings are not political endorsements. The department encourages students to take part in internships to learn about the political process.


Departmental Signature Experience and Honors

Signature Experience

The Signature Experience in the Department of Political Science and Geography is designed to recognize and promote student excellence by rewarding leadership, research activity, and personal development beyond the classroom. Many of the activities associated with the Signature Experience provide opportunities for you to work closely with faculty while others involve you directly in professional or competitive environments, all key predictors of student success.

Departmental Honors

The Department of Political Science and Geography recognizes and rewards outstanding student performance by awarding departmental honors. This allows you to explore your major(s) in greater depth by completing either an honors thesis or an honors portfolio. Departmental honors not only exposes you to a close working relationship with faculty mentors and receive recognition for your work. It also allows you to engage in research and develop expertise in a particular area to be featured in your transcripts and diplomas.


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