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In addition to the extensive course curriculum, Trinity's political science department supports a variety of activities, opportunities, and events beyond the classroom that expose students to current events and issues, potential careers, and more.
Students can participate in everything from student initiated debates to the national political science honor society, local, national, or international internship opportunities, the study abroad program, and conferences and lectures on key issues in politics.
There are numerous internships available. Students have worked locally with the federal judge, interned at the White House, Supreme Court, British Parliament, European Parliament, and in influential campaign efforts.
These internships are for students who are at least juniors and have taken either Judicial Process, Constitutional Law, or Civil Rights and Liberties (or consent of the instructor). The intern assists the office manager with administrative tasks of the judicial chambers, observes court and naturalization proceedings, and has the opportunity to discuss legal issues with the administrative assistant, law clerks, and sometimes the judge.
For more information, jhermann [at] trinity.edu (contact John Hermann).
For other internships, dcrocket [at] trinity.edu (contact David Crockett).
The nationally recognized political science honor society, Pi Sigma Alpha, "stimulates scholarship and intelligent interest in political science." Trinity's Xi Omicron Chapter accomplishes this mission by hosting events, discussion groups, brings together members of the San Antonio community and PSA students, promotes student publications, and encourages civic participation.
Founded in 1984 by professor Guy Poitras of the political science department, Xi Omicron recognizes academic achievement of Trinity University students within the discipline of political science. Students must have completed 10 credit hours in political science, have a 3.4 GPA in political science, and a 3.25 cumulative GPA to qualify for membership in Xi Omicron. Applications are available in the political science department, Storch Building, room 105.
Trinity offers numerous opportunities to study abroad.
For more information, visit the Study Abroad page.