Political Science majors are given more of an emphasis on critical thinking and written and oral communication skills. Classes are typically discussion-based, and service learning and simulations are often employed. The Political Science program is dedicated to preparing students for future employment in government, business, law or the academy. It is the perfect springboard to law school or graduate school. The Political Science program is dedicated to building political community through active learning, engaged citizenship, and the promotion of democratic values.
Political Science Major Gavin Burl and Legal Studies Major Lacy Crisler visited the chamber of the Oklahoma House of Representatives during Higher Education Day in 2015. They met Senators, Representatives, and heard speeches from the Governor and Lieutenant Governor.
Political Science students in Service Learning classes often work with the City of Ada on evaluating and developing local policy.
A popular co-curricular activity is Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature (OIL). Students spend several days at the Oklahoma Capitol acting as members of the government with students from other universities across the state. There are roles for representatives in the House of Representatives, Senate, Media, and as attorneys in a Mock Court. The sponsor of OIL at ECU is Dr. Charles Peaden. OIL is funded through ECU Student Government Association.
Political Science Program Faculty
Dr. John Ulrich is a Professor of Political Science. His areas of expertise are international relations, foreign policy, and political philosophy. He is also conducting research on political partisanship in Oklahoma. He teaches US Government, International Relations, Political Philosophy, and other courses. He can be reached at email@example.com or 580-559-5507.