Department of Political Science

Clubs and Activities

Political Science students participate in a wide variety of clubs and activities at Xavier. Many of our majors have leadership positions in student government, and students from a variety of majors and political perspectives participate in Political Science Club activities. Other popular clubs for political science majors include College Republicans, College Democrats, Mock Trial, Model UN, Pre-Law Society and Young Americans for Liberty. Junior and Senior Political Science majors who meet the course and GPA requirements may also be invited to join the college's chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society.

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Political Science Club

The mission of the Political Science Club is to give students a non-partisan platform to discuss politics and social issues. The club hosts guest speakers, debate watch parties, and other events to educate and inform the student body and help students learn more about careers in the fields of politics, public affairs and law. For more information contact Gil Guthrie.

Model UN

The Xavier University Model United Nations Club is a competitive program for University students, designed to meet intellectual, social, and ethical needs through weekly meetings while providing for a safe and productive environment. The basic philosophy and key to the success of the program is the emphasis placed on participation and competition. The Xavier University Model United Nations Club values honesty, integrity and respect while giving students the opportunity to gain valuable skills through competition, cooperation, and leadership.

Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society

Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, is the only honor society for college and university students of government in the United States. The number of Pi Sigma Alpha chapters on campuses across the country is rapidly approaching 700. Pi Sigma Alpha is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies. Members are typically invited to join in the fall semester of their Junior year if they have a GPA in the top one-third of their class and have taken at least 10 credit hours in the major. Contact: marianim@xavier.edu.

Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity

Xavier University's Pre-Law Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta aims to help students interested in pursuing a career in the legal profession make an informed decision and prepare them for the rigors of law school.

Mock Trial Team

Mock Trial is a club that consists of students interested in law or acting. Students interested in law have the option to play the role of a mock attorney, and students who are interested in acting have the option to play a mock witness, without having to do the legal work. However, students do have the option of playing the part of both an attorney and a witness if they would like. All members will assist in preparing the case given and all members compete in invitationals, at the regional tournament, the super-regional tournament, and potentially the national tournament. Each tournament consists of four rounds. During each round our mock attorneys and witnesses present one side of the case against another school's team in a courtroom. The overall purpose of Mock Trial Team is to develop legal and trial skills and to prepare prospective law students for law school and the legal world. Members will gain trial experience in a "mock" setting and also learn from our team of Cincinnati area attorneys and former Mock Trial participants, who are our coaches.

Pre-Law Society

The Pre-Law Society is a club for all students who are interested in going to law school after Xavier. Our meetings help prepare/inform students about applying to law school and what the life of a lawyer is really like. For more information on pre-law activities at Xavier, visit the pre-law program page.

The Xavier Journal of Political Science

The Xavier Journal of Political Science (XJOP) is the department's undergraduate research journal. The Xavier Journal of Politics invites undergraduate students from any class or major to submit research papers or essays on topics of interest to students of political science, including American Politics, Comparative Politics, Political Economy, International Affairs, and Political Theory. Contact Professor Mack Mariani for more information.

  • See here for more information on these and other student clubs.
  • To sign up for a club, go to the OrgSync web page, log in and sign up.