McMurry University Department of Political Science

McMurry University Department of Political Science The Department of Political Science at McMurry University prepares students for a variety of careers in politics, law, public service, and academia.

The Department of Political Science has as its main goal preparing students for a variety of careers requiring expertise in politics and international relations as well as graduate and professional education, including law school. The department provides a broad education to majors in the four traditional fields of political science: American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political philosophy. The department seeks to equip majors with the intellectual tools for understanding not only the American political system, but those of other major foreign countries, the dynamics of international political interaction in an increasingly interdependent world, international economic issues, and different philosophical perspectives on politics.

Nepalese cuisine for our Nepalese delegation!
03/29/2018

Nepalese cuisine for our Nepalese delegation!

Closing ceremonies at the U.N. with Diplomat Gafoor, Ambassador and Permanent Resident of Singapore to the U.N.
03/29/2018

Closing ceremonies at the U.N. with Diplomat Gafoor, Ambassador and Permanent Resident of Singapore to the U.N.

The delegation of Nepal is ready!
03/25/2018

The delegation of Nepal is ready!

Our Model UN team is on the move! Wish us luck in New York!
03/23/2018

Our Model UN team is on the move! Wish us luck in New York!

Department of Political Science (and others) field trip to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on the cam...
03/20/2018

Department of Political Science (and others) field trip to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on the campus of Southern Methodist University.

It has been an exciting week for the Department of Political Science and Model UN Program at McMurry University. Camille...
03/03/2018

It has been an exciting week for the Department of Political Science and Model UN Program at McMurry University.

Camille Martinez- former Model UN Head Delegate and 3 time participant has been accepted to Ball State University to pursue a Masters in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education next fall!

Quintin Gorman Jr., senior Political Science and Sociology major and three time Model UN participant will be headed to Rice University to pursue his PhD in Sociology, also next fall!

And lastly- announced just today, Junior Political Science major, Cody Kovar, was elected to the office of the President of McMurry Student Government!

We are all very proud of these Political Science/Model UN ambassadors we are blessed to have as students!

Congratulations and best wishes to Political Science and Sociology major Quintin Gorman Jr. as he attends graduate admis...
02/12/2018

Congratulations and best wishes to Political Science and Sociology major Quintin Gorman Jr. as he attends graduate admission site visits at Purdue University and Rice University this week. Quintin plans to pursue a PhD in Sociology in the Fall of 2018 and has already earned admission with competitive funding packages from the University of North Texas, North Carolina State University, and Texas A&M. We are all very proud of Quintin.

#mcmservesGalapagos
01/12/2018

#mcmservesGalapagos

01/12/2018

Today, our students helped preserve the beauty of the Galapagos Islands by volunteering their time cutting down poisonous vegetation to the local wildlife.

#mcmserves

Closing ceremonies at NMUN - Galapagos. Up next, a day of volunteer activities followed by a sea tour of the island.
01/11/2018

Closing ceremonies at NMUN - Galapagos. Up next, a day of volunteer activities followed by a sea tour of the island.

THIS is what I love about global Model UN...serious negotiations...being observed by a sea lion on an island in the Gala...
01/10/2018

THIS is what I love about global Model UN...serious negotiations...being observed by a sea lion on an island in the Galapagos!

Conference day 1 in the books!
01/08/2018

Conference day 1 in the books!

Dr. O and our fabulous head delegate Camille at NMUN!
01/08/2018

Dr. O and our fabulous head delegate Camille at NMUN!

Peace engaging in some serious diplomacy at NMUN!
01/08/2018

Peace engaging in some serious diplomacy at NMUN!

McMurry Model UN is on the move! As the diplomatic delegation of Bolivia, these four students will represent McMurry Uni...
01/05/2018

McMurry Model UN is on the move! As the diplomatic delegation of Bolivia, these four students will represent McMurry University January 6th - January 14th at the International conference located on the beautiful Galapagos Islands in Ecuador!

Best wishes to Dr. O and these fine students of McMurry University.

McMurry University Model United Nations led the 5th grade magnet class in an in-class simulation- Disarmament at the Zoo...
04/19/2017

McMurry University Model United Nations led the 5th grade magnet class in an in-class simulation- Disarmament at the Zoo- where students represented animals working together to create peace at a zoo rampaged by lions (the external threat).

The magnets eventually (by way of forming alliances and through voting procedures) convinced the lions to become good members of society and chose the snake, pig, zebra, and hedgehog as the next ruling class of the Zoo!

Faculty and students from the Political Science and Sociology Departments at McMurry University tag teamed at the Southw...
04/15/2017

Faculty and students from the Political Science and Sociology Departments at McMurry University tag teamed at the Southwestern Social Sciences Association Meeting, in Austin, Texas.

Dr. Olufowote and senior political science major, Tereza Sliter, presented exciting research on protest behavior in sports, Dr. Jori Sechrist and Symphony Munoz presented on the determinants of academic efficacy, and Dr. Robert Wallace and Cole Bagett presented on inter-class marriage.

Great job by all! Ala Cumba!

McMurry Model UN is back at in New York City over the next week, representing the delegation of Kyrgyzstan! We wish thes...
03/19/2017

McMurry Model UN is back at in New York City over the next week, representing the delegation of Kyrgyzstan! We wish these fine students, and Dr. O, a great deal of success!

It's a great time to study politics and our majors think so too!  Congratulations to senior political science major, McM...
03/01/2017
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It's a great time to study politics and our majors think so too!

Congratulations to senior political science major, McMurry student government president, basketball 4 year letter winner, Thierry Tchenko, as he takes one step further towards his academic and professional pursuits.

Thierry has been accepted into Georgetown University's prestigious Master's program in American Government starting Fall, 2017. As he awaits details of his financial package, Thierry will be finishing up his Honors Thesis on Christianity and Politics and rounding out his athletic career as a member on the men's tennis team before graduation in May.

More information on Georgetown University and the graduate program in Government and Politics can be found here:

https://government.georgetown.edu/

Dr. Fabrizio, McMurry University professor of political science, spent the last week in DC advocating in Congressional o...
02/09/2017

Dr. Fabrizio, McMurry University professor of political science, spent the last week in DC advocating in Congressional offices on behalf of the National Rural Health Association and the Save Rural Hospital Act.

Dr. Olufowote presented his latest scholarly work, “The Andragogical Case for Sport: A 'Knowlesian' approach to Teachi...
01/16/2017

Dr. Olufowote presented his latest scholarly work, “The Andragogical Case for Sport: A 'Knowlesian' approach to Teaching Political Science,” in the "Sports, Games, and Simulations as Teaching Tools," panel at the Southern Political Science Association conference, Jan 11- 14, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Olufowote also served as chair and discussant to the "Classroom, Engagement, and Learning Assessment, Teaching Political Science" panel while at the conference.

Opening Ceremony with traditional Japanese music!
11/24/2016

Opening Ceremony with traditional Japanese music!

Getting started at the Model UN Japan conference!
11/23/2016

Getting started at the Model UN Japan conference!

On our way to Japan for an international conference! DFW to Narita in 13 hours! We've got this!
11/19/2016

On our way to Japan for an international conference! DFW to Narita in 13 hours! We've got this!

Congratulations to recent political science graduate Hunter Ward (16), as he, soon begins his political career! Hunter h...
05/29/2016

Congratulations to recent political science graduate Hunter Ward (16), as he, soon begins his political career! Hunter has accepted an amazing position working for Texas Senator John Cornyn, based out of his Dallas, TX field office and begins Monday, June 6th!

Our very own political science major!
05/04/2016
KTAB News

Our very own political science major!

Stacie Wirmel KTAB shares the story of a McMurry student who is using her talents to help spread her faith.

Congratulations to junior political science major, Thierry Tchenko, for being selected to participate in the fully funde...
04/20/2016
Apply for the 2016 Values & Capitalism Summer Honors Program

Congratulations to junior political science major, Thierry Tchenko, for being selected to participate in the fully funded 2016 Values & Capitalism Summer Honors Program in Washington DC. Thierry will attend the Christian Faith and Politics track led by famed professor and scholar, Dr. Amy Black from Wheaton College. Congratulations to Thierry on a tremendous accomplishment!

To explore more on this highly competitive summer honors program put on by the American Enterprise Institute, please visit:

http://www.valuesandcapitalism.com/vcshp2016/

04/08/2016

Dr. Tina Bertrand, Professor of Political Science at McMurry University, has written a brief for the 1 for 7 Billion Campaign, which will be read by United Nations (UN) ambassadors as they begin their deliberations on selecting the next Secretary-General of the UN.

The 1 for 7 Billion group is seeking to reform the selection process of the leader of world's largest international organization. Dr.Bertrand's brief focuses on the politics that drove the selection of the current Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, and offers insights into how compromise candidates emerge. Ban Ki-moon's tenure as Secretary-General ends December 31, 2016.

McMurry Political Science Professor to Participate in US State Department Program | McMurry...
04/04/2016
McMurry Political Science Professor to Participate in US State Department Program | McMurry...

McMurry Political Science Professor to Participate in US State Department Program | McMurry...

McMurry University political science professor Dr. Joel Olufowote has accepted the final return invitation to participate as Program Advisor to the Study of the United States Summer Institute exchange program, organized and funded through the United States State Department Bureau of Educational and…

Congratulations to McMurry Model UN for being recognized with a "Distinguished Delegation" performance at the national N...
03/31/2016

Congratulations to McMurry Model UN for being recognized with a "Distinguished Delegation" performance at the national New York conference! This is the group's highest delegation award in New York over the last 3 years! Bravo!

Dr O., and the Model United Nations crew are back at it in NYC! Good luck to these McMurry students representing the Rep...
03/25/2016

Dr O., and the Model United Nations crew are back at it in NYC! Good luck to these McMurry students representing the Republic of Cyprus!

Shannon Sedgwick Davis, McMurry Alum, political science major, former model UN student, and now internationally recogniz...
02/25/2016

Shannon Sedgwick Davis, McMurry Alum, political science major, former model UN student, and now internationally recognized humanitarian, returned to Abilene for a two day lecture series. Highlights of her talks centered on her hunt for Joseph Kony and work with the Elders.

Hard work pays off. Congrats to McMurry University's Model UN delegation for an outstanding performance at this year's c...
11/27/2015

Hard work pays off. Congrats to McMurry University's Model UN delegation for an outstanding performance at this year's conference in the Czech Republic! Political Science seniors Doug Alldredge and Matthew Brown are 4 for 4 with securing recognition from the conference organizers, a distinction fewer than 20% of country delegates receive. It's always nice to bring back hardware. Bravo!

Happy Thanksgiving to all Warhawks near and far! As you enjoy break and watch football huddled around family and food, o...
11/26/2015

Happy Thanksgiving to all Warhawks near and far! As you enjoy break and watch football huddled around family and food, our Model UN delegation is sacrificing it all and hard at work in the Czech Republic!

Excuse the belated post!Students from the McMurry Pre-Law Society attended the Texas Supreme Court Hearings hosted at AC...
11/24/2015

Excuse the belated post!

Students from the McMurry Pre-Law Society attended the Texas Supreme Court Hearings hosted at ACU. It was the first time that the Supreme Court has met in Abilene. After the two hearings, the group was invited to lunch with Justice Eva Guzman, the first Hispanic woman on the Court.

Pictured are Breauxmon Grace '18, Taylor Ward '17, Brooklyn Keithan '17 Dr. Paul Fabrizio, Justice Eva Guzman (standing), Stetson Honey '16, Ke’Yana Holmes '17, and Christina Martinez '16

National Model United Nations-Europe 2015 is upon us!
11/24/2015

National Model United Nations-Europe 2015 is upon us!

11/24/2015

Graduating Senior Matthew Brown is getting more than a diploma in the near future. Congrats to these love birds!!

Dr O and the Model united Nations crew from McMurry University are ready to kick butt in the Czech Republic! Wish our de...
11/19/2015

Dr O and the Model united Nations crew from McMurry University are ready to kick butt in the Czech Republic! Wish our delegation, representing Nigeria, well!

Even the pups show their McM spirit at Homecoming...Ala Cumba!
10/12/2015

Even the pups show their McM spirit at Homecoming...Ala Cumba!

McMurry University Professor Dr. Joel Olufowote To Participate in U.S. State Department...
04/14/2015
McMurry University Professor Dr. Joel Olufowote To Participate in U.S. State Department...

McMurry University Professor Dr. Joel Olufowote To Participate in U.S. State Department...

McMurry University Political Science Professor Dr. Joel Olufowote has agreed to a return invitation to represent McMurry in a federally funded grant initiative of the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs from June 21 through July 26.

McMurry University students being recognized for an Honorable Mention performance at National Model UN- NY.
03/26/2015

McMurry University students being recognized for an Honorable Mention performance at National Model UN- NY.

Oh yeah...winning awards for outstanding performances at NMUN!
03/26/2015

Oh yeah...winning awards for outstanding performances at NMUN!

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