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The Department of Political Science and Geography is currently accepting applications for Fall 2019/ Spring 2020 Departmental Scholarships!

The John Miller Morris, Jr. Endowed Memorial Scholarship  Available to undergraduate Geography and Environmental Sustainability majors enrolled full-time. Preference given to students with financial need. 

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, Politics and Law, 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 6 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 Fall 2019 Feb. 15, 2019

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

2019 Programs: 

Summer 2019 Frankfurt/Geneva 

Fall 2019: COLFA Urbino (Italy) in Politics and Global Affairs

The focus of the Fall 2019 Urbino Program is Global Affairs: Politics, Law, and Sustainability (POL/GLA/PAL/GES).

Italy is the perfect location for a semester-long study abroad. The program provides a unique blend of perspectives on global issues, national politics, and social change with an opportunity to fulfill a variety of courses within the respective areas of all majors, learn Italian, take elective courses in Italian History, Culture, and Art, and conduct field research. 

Timeline and Courses

The COLFA Urbino Program

Contact: Boyka Stefanova (Faculty Representative)    

 Andrea Aleman (Undergraduate Advisor) 

Bridget Drinka (COLFA Program Director)  


Previous Trips


Field Course to Central Mexican Highlands (led by Dr. Miguel De OliverDr. Richard Jones)

              When: Summer 2018

               For more information, click here.


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 


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.


Student Organizations


Oct 17

Department Mixer

4:00 PM

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