Political Science - Pre-Law

Political Science / Pre-Law Degrees from Oklahoma City Community College

Take the first steps in your public service or legal career with this respected political science degree program.

  • Overview
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    The political science / pre-law degree program at Oklahoma City Community College gives you the chance to explore the real science of politics and law.

    Studying a subject like political science is good. Learning bigger lessons is better. That’s one reason we teach you both academics and the art of self expression and self motivation.

    There is no better time to get started.

    Why not complete your online community college admissions application today?

  • Overview
    Law Dictionary with a gavel

    The political science / pre-law degree program at Oklahoma City Community College gives you the chance to explore the real science of politics and law.

    Studying a subject like political science is good. Learning bigger lessons is better. That’s one reason we teach you both academics and the art of self expression and self motivation.

    There is no better time to get started.

    Why not complete your online community college admissions application today?

  • Highlights
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    Vital Skills Gained Through OCCC’s Political Science Degree Program

    When you study political science or pre-law at Oklahoma City Community College, you’ll have the chance to:

    • Hone your critical thinking skills
    • Study great political theorists in their own words
    • See how modern political thinkers fit into the whole political landscape
    • Find your strengths in conveying information, even if you don’t intend to persuade
    • Learn to challenge values, opinions and believes
    • View the world through different perspectives
  • Degree Options
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    Political Science / Pre-Law Degrees at Oklahoma City Community College

    Oklahoma City Community College offers an associate in arts degree in political science / pre-law:

    • Associate in arts degree – political science / pre-law: This two-year associate degree program from OCCC prepares you to transfer to a four-year university. Most of our political science / pre-law students go on to complete a bachelor’s degree. Many continue their academic careers with master’s degrees, law degrees and beyond.
  • Courses
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    Political Science Classes at Oklahoma City Community College

    These political science classes – and many others – provide both the political theory and the hands-on analysis you want. Your college classes will include:

    • American Federal Government
    • Introduction to Law
    • Introduction to Public Administration
    • Introduction to Comparative Politics
    • Contemporary Issues in American Politics
    • Scope and Methods of Political Science

    Through OCCC’s Introduction to Law, you’ll have the chance to see what a career in law is really all about.

    Oklahoma City Community College political science / pre-law majors also complete a final capstone project that harnesses original research on a topic of special interest to you.

    You can access OCCC’s online course catalog, which includes details on Oklahoma City Community College political science degree requirements and political science class descriptions.

    OCCC’s political science online classes have grown significantly in recently years – with a dozen or more online options. You also can choose from evening and weekend classes, if your work schedule demands it.
  • Faculty
    Dana Glencross

    Dana Glencross


    Professor of Political Science

    Dana K. Glencross, Professor of Political Science at Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) since 1989, was a Moore, Oklahoma, High School honor graduate and has lived in south Oklahoma City most of her life. Her degrees are from Oklahoma State University, with a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Political Science, with additional graduate-level coursework in English. Within the Political Science discipline, she specializes in American Federal Government, particularly in Congress and law, and comparative politics. Prior to teaching at OCCC, Dana was an instructor of English, History, and Government at Murray State College in Tishomingo, Oklahoma. Among her current duties, Dana teaches campus and online courses in American Federal Government, Introduction to Law, and State and Local Government. She also serves as an online adjunct instructor at Seminole State College. She has authored and published numerous materials for various textbook publishers. She previously served as the Department Chair for Political Science, History, and Geography, and served for many years as a Co-Advisor to the College's honorary society, Phi Theta Kappa, where she was also elected as the National Chair of the Association of Chapter Advisors. She has been awarded OCCC's "President's Award for Excellence in Teaching," was twice recognized as OCCC's Student Club and Organization Sponsor of the Year, and has been recognized as the Oklahoma Political Science Association's Teacher of the Year for two-year colleges. In the community, Dana served for many years as a Governor's appointee to the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation, was on the board of the Oklahoma City/County Historical Society, and frequently is a political consultant to local candidates. She currently serves as a board member of the Oklahoma State University College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Board. She often appears as an invited guest on local radio and television programs, typically discussing upcoming elections.

     
    Shanna Padgham

    Shanna Padgham


    Professor of Political Science; Political Science Department Chair

    I grew up in Northeast Oklahoma and attended Oklahoma State University for my Bachelor's (2009) and Master's (2011) degrees in Environmental Science focusing on Public Policy with a minor in Spanish. I continued on to West Texas to earn my Master's Degree in Political Science (2013) and PhD (2016) from Texas Tech University in Public Administration, American Politics, and Public Policy. My primary focus of research is sustainability policy in higher education. I joined the Political Science Department at OCCC in 2016. I enjoy watching the Oklahoma State Cowboys play a variety of sports, traveling as often as possible, beekeeping, and reading.

     
    Markus Smith

    Markus Smith


    Professor of Political Science

    I am currently the department Chair for Political Science at Oklahoma City Community College and a lecturer professor of political science at the University of Central Oklahoma. I have taught at both institutions for approximately 10 years.  I have conducted extensive research in the area of Capital Punishment, as well as contributing to the research of incarcerated women and the effects it has on their children. This research has been requested and passed on to the Oklahoma State Legislature to assist them in developing better and innovative programs and policies. I also have some publications in the areas of capital punishment, public policy, and political behavior. I have chaired several panel discussions on topics such as Abortion, Affirmative Action, Same Sex Marriage, Capital Punishment, The Bible, Separation of Church and State, Patriot Act, etc. I have also served on several committees including: Hiring; Employee and Student Grievance; Grade Appeal; and Student Technology Fee, to name a few. In my spare time I have taught, trained and coached U.S. Junior National, U.S. Senior National, and U.S. Collegiate National team members in Taekwondo as an Instructor at Poos Taekwondo in Edmond, Oklahoma from 1997 to 2011. I have also served as a member of the United States Taekwondo Union Tournament Committee. Education: Harvard University, Cambridge Massachusetts, 2013 - present Post-Graduate Studies, Continuing Education, and Professional Development: "Justice - Ethical Reasoning" (Certificate of Completion); "Managing Yourself and Leading Others" (Certificate of Completion); "Unlocking the Immunity to Change: A Personal Approach to Personal Improvement" (Certificate of Completion); "Saving Schools: History, Politics, and Policy in U.S. Education" (Certificate of Completion).University of Oklahoma, Norman, OklahomaDoctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, 2011Areas of Specialization: Educational Studies; Democracy and Education; Social Issues in Public Policy, Phenomenology; Sociology of Education; Social Justice; and Human RelationsDissertation: "Impacts of Homicide and Death Penalty Experiences: A Hermeneutic Phenomenological Approach." University of Oklahoma, Norman, OklahomaDoctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Political Science (2004-2009; withdrew from the program)Fields of Study: Public Policy; Public Administration; and American Government (completed all coursework)Dissertation Idea: "Does Retribution Cast a Shadow Over Justice?"Phillips Theological Seminary, Tulsa, OklahomaCertificate in Graduate Theological Studies (C.G.T.S.), 2013Fields of Study: Exegesis of the Hebrew Bible, New Testament, and History of ChristianityUniversity of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, 2011Master of Education (M.Ed.), Educational Leadership and Policy StudiesFields of Study: Educational Studies; Philosophy of Education; and History of EducationUniversity of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OklahomaMaster of Arts (M.A.) "With Honors", Political Science, 2004Fields of Study: Public Policy and Public Administration Minor: Criminal JusticeMaster's Thesis: "Capital Punishment on Trial: The Issues of Cost, Deterrence, and Race."University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OklahomaBachelor of Arts (B.A.), Political Science, 2002Fields of Study: Public Policy and Public AdministrationMinor: Criminal JusticeCapstone Paper: "Aspects of Democracy Influencing Cuba."Oklahoma City Community College, Oklahoma City, OklahomaAssociate of Arts (A.A.), Political Science (Pre-Law), 2001High School Diploma, 1989Southeast High School, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Honors and Awards: Outstanding Educator Award, Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education, University of Oklahoma, 2015Great Ideas for Teaching (G.I.F.T.) Award, Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges, 2013 Professor Book Award, presented by Johnnie Eargle Cadieux Professor of Hebrew Bible, Dr. Lisa Davison, Phillips Theological Seminary, 2013 “Award for Teaching,” American Association of University Professors, University of Central Oklahoma Chapter, 2013 Nominee for the “President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Oklahoma City Community College, 2013, 2007 Certificate of Recognition, “Doctor of Philosophy, University of Oklahoma,” Oklahoma City Community College, 2012 Certificate of Recognition, “Political Science Program Review,” Oklahoma City Community College, 2012 Oklahoma City Community College Alumni Hall of Fame, Oklahoma City Community College, 2011 Gamma Beta Phi Society Honor Society, University of Oklahoma, 2008 Sigma Alpha Lambda - National Leadership and Honor Society, University of Central Oklahoma, 2007 Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, University of Central Oklahoma, 2004 Political Science Department’s Outstanding Graduate Student Award, University of Central Oklahoma, 2004 John & Eleanor Kirkpatrick Student Leadership & Public Service Award, University of Central Oklahoma, 2004 College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Graduate Student, University of Central Oklahoma, 2004 Pi Sigma Alpha – “National Best Chapter Award”, University of Central Oklahoma, 2004 Multicultural Student Services Academic Achievement Award, University of Central Oklahoma, 2004 Political Science Student Leadership Award, University of Central Oklahoma, 2003 American Political Science Association Award (APSA), University of Central Oklahoma, 2003 Golden Key International Honour Society, University of Central Oklahoma, 2002 Certificate of Achievement: Faculty Association Scholarship, Oklahoma City Community College, 2001 Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science Honor Society), University of Central Oklahoma, 2001 National Dean’s List, Oklahoma City Community College, 2001, 2000, 1999 Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, Oklahoma City Community College, 1999 Miscellaneous Awards: Cambridge Who’s Who Registry Among Executives and Professionals in the field of Education and Research in Oklahoma, 2010, 2009 Outstanding Tournament Committee Member, USA Taekwondo, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 2005 Instructor of the Year, Poos Taekwondo, Edmond, Oklahoma, 2000 Academic Appointments: Chair, Department of Political Science (2008 - 2014) Oklahoma City Community College (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) Professor of Political Science (2006 - present)Oklahoma City Community College (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) Lecturer Professor of Political Science (2004)University of Central Oklahoma (Edmond, Oklahoma) Adjunct Professor (2004 - 2006)Oklahoma City Community College (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) Adjunct Professor (2003 - present)University of Central Oklahoma (Edmond, Oklahoma) Graduate/Teaching Assistant (2003 - 2004)University of Central Oklahoma (Edmond, Oklahoma) Other Non-Teaching Academic Appointment: Advisory Board Member, 2015 - present  University of Central Oklahoma's Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program  Advisory Board Member, 2014 - present Oklahoma City Public Schools: High School Career Academy Advisory Board Member for Douglass High School's Academy of Law and Public Safety. Research Assistant, 2010 Senator Debbe Leftwich at the Oklahoma State Legislature Conducting research on the viability of the Batterer’s programs sponsored by the Attorney General’s office.  Internship Coordinator, 2010 Senator Debbe Leftwich at the Oklahoma State Legislature Assist interns in researching and analyzing proposed legislation for the upcoming session.  Research Assistant, 2008 Dr. Susan Sharp (L.J. Semrod Presidential Professor) at the University of Oklahoma “Oklahoma Incarcerated Women and Their Children 2008 study.”  Reviewer Writing in Political Science: A Brief Guide, Oxford University Press, 2015 Scott and Garrison. American Government: Reading and Writing Politics. Paradigm Publishers, 2013 McGraw-Hill Publications. Textbooks in American Federal Government, 2008 “E-Government: Trends at the Grass Roots.” Oklahoma Politics, 2007  Courses Taught: American Federal GovernmentIntroduction to Public AdministrationContemporary Issues in American PoliticsReligion and Politics in America (taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels)Scope and Methods of Political Science (capstone course)History and the Death Penalty (currently constructing) Publications: Smith, M. (2014). "Higher Education Policy in Oklahoma." Oklahoma Government & Politics (6th Ed.). IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing Company. Co-authored with E. Overman.Smith, M. (2013). “The Allegory of the Cave.” Great Ideas for Teaching Anthology (Fall 2013). Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges. Smith, M. (2012). Impacts of Homicide and Death Penalty Experiences: A Hermeneutic Phenomenological Approach. UK: Lambert Academic Publications. Smith, M. (2012). “Impacts of Homicide and Death Penalty Experiences: A Hermeneutic Phenomenological Approach.” Internet Journal of Criminology, April. Access: http://www.internetjournalofcriminology.com/Smith_Impacts_of_Homicide_and_Death_Penalty_Experiences_IJC_April_2012.pdf  Smith, M. (2012). “Public Policy.” Oklahoma Government & Politics (5th Ed.). IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing Company. Co-authored with Dana Glencross. Smith, M. (2008). “Public Policy.” Oklahoma Government & Politics (4th Ed.). IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing Company. Co-authored with Dana Glencross. Smith, M. “Capital Punishment on Trial: The Issues of Cost, Deterrence, and Race.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of The Midwest Political Science Association, Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, Illinois, April 07, 2005. Smith, M. (2004). “Capital Punishment on Trial in Oklahoma.” New Plains Review, Volume 4, No. 2. Smith, M. (2004). “An Analysis of the Death Penalty in the State of Oklahoma.” The Criminal Justice Student Writer’s Manual. NJ: Pearson Education/Prentice Hall. Smith, M. “Race, Religion, and the Death Penalty” (work in progress). Smith, M. “A Voting Propensity Study: Does Education Really Matter?” (work in progress). Presentations, Lectures, Etc.: Invited Lecture “Hermeneutic Phenomenology: Homicide and Death Penalty Experiences.” Presented in EDS 6933 Naturalistic and Qualitative Research in Education at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, (Fall), 2013. Presenter Great Ideas For Teaching (G.I.F.T.):“The Allegory of the Cave.” Presented at the 46th Annual Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges (OACC) Conference, October 2–4, 2013.  Invited Lecture “The History of Capital Punishment.” Presented to the Introduction to Sociology class at Oklahoma City Community College, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, (Spring and Fall), 2013-2009. Invited Lecture “Crash Course in Phenomenology and How It Was Applied.” Presented in EDS 6933 Naturalistic and Qualitative Research in Education at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, (Fall), 2012. Panel Discussant “Life After LA.” 22nd Annual Spring Symposium at University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma, (Fall) 2010. Moderator (2010, 2009). “Capstone Presentations.” (Fall/Spring). Presentations from the Scope and Methods of Political Science capstone course at Oklahoma City Community College, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Moderator “Healthcare Policy in America.” (Fall). Debate in the Contemporary Issues in American Politics course at Oklahoma City Community College, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, (Spring), 2009. Invited Speaker “Persevering Through Adversity.” Presented to the Career Transitions Program at Oklahoma City Community College, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, (Fall), 2009. Presenter/Participant “Spring 2009 Advancing the Success of Students at OCCC.” Presented at Oklahoma City Community College, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, (Spring), 2009. Debate Participant “The Great Debate Over the Death Penalty.” Presented at Oklahoma City Community College, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, (Spring), 2009. Invited Speaker “2008 Presidential Candidates.” Presented at Western Village Academy, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, (Fall), 2008. Keynote Speaker “Leadership.” Presented to the TLC (The Leadership Council) at Oklahoma City Community College, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 2008. Workshop Facilitator “Stimulating Critical Thinking and Inquiry.” Presented at Oklahoma City Community College, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 2007. Session Facilitator (2002 – 2007). “Moot Court.” POL 2223 Introduction to Law, Oklahoma City Community College, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Workshop Facilitator/Presenter “Campaign Picks in ’06.” Presented as a WOW Session at Oklahoma City Community College, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 2006. Focus Group Facilitator “Professor Engagement in the Classroom.” University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma, 2004. Panel Chairperson “Capital Punishment,” “Same Sex Marriage,” “The Patriot Act,” “Affirmative Action,” “The War in Iraq,” and “Legalization of Marijuana.” Presented at the“University of Central Oklahoma’s #15 and #16 Liberal Arts Symposium,” Edmond, Oklahoma, 2004. Panel Discussant “Legalization of Drugs.” Presented at the “University of Central Oklahoma’s #15 Liberal Arts Symposium,” Edmond, Oklahoma, 2003. Invited Lecture “Police Brutality.” Presented to the CJ 1413 Administration of Justice class at the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma, 2003. Invited Lecture “Types of Management.” Presented to the POL 2000 Leadership Development class at the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma, 2003. Workshop Facilitator “Internet Research Workshop.” Presented to the POL 1113 American National Government class at the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma, 2003. Invited Lecture “Social Equity and Affirmative Action.” Presented to the POL 2413 Introduction to Public Administration class at the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma, 2003. Invited Lecture“Administrative Responsibility.” Presented to the POL 4253 Ethics in Public Service class at the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma, 2003. Committees and Related Activities: Political Science Search and Hiring Committee, Chair, 2013, 2010, 2009Grade Appeal Committee, Chair, 2013 – Academic Scholarship Committee, 2012 - present Academic Integrity Committee, 2012, 2011 Supervisor, Political Science Department Work Study, 2011 – 2013 Curriculum Committee, 2011, 2010 At-Risk Task Force, 2011, 2010 Social Science Division Building Committee, 2010 Geography Search and Hiring Committee, Chair, 2009 Academic Outcomes Assessment Subgroup, 2010, 2009 Assessment Team for the Gen. Ed. Committee, 2008 Physical Therapist Assistant Program Reaccreditation Process Committee, 2008 Achieving the Dream Strategy Team, 2008 Geography Search and Hiring Committee, 2008 Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Search Committee, 2008 Culture of Wellness Committee, 2008 Diversity Task Force Committee, 2008 Tutor for the World Cultural Languages Center, 2008 Supervisor, Supplemental Instructor, 2007 – present Academic Advisor, 2006 – present Faculty Mentor, 2006 – present Grade Appeal Committee, University of Central Oklahoma, 2004 Student Grievance Committee, University of Central Oklahoma, 2004 Student Technology Fee Committee, University of Central Oklahoma, 2004 Conferences/Professional Development/Assessment: Harvard University Division of Continuing Education – “Managing Yourself and Leading Others,” 2013 Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts Designed for practicing managers, this program focused on the practical understanding and application of management principles. The program taught the fundamentals of management from different angles, such as managing oneself, organizational life, and others. Topics covered: emotional intelligence, styles and preferences, culture, hierarchy, and influence and persuasion.  Educators’ Leadership Academy - “Higher Education Department Chair Academy,” 2013 University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma The objectives of the Academy were to: Learn strategies for bridging the divide between faculty and administration; Analyze effective hiring and scheduling methodologies and apply them to their role as a department chair/school director; Correlate the relationship between effective planning and effective budgeting; Analyze their use of time, apply strategies that improve time management abilities, and appreciate the impact this has on reducing their own stress levels/increasing their effectiveness; Discuss techniques of conducting and writing an effective performance evaluation; Outline proven techniques for handling difficult conversations; writing effective reports, emails and memos; and communicating clearly with others; Analyze their department's/school's techniques for leading within that culture; and Describe the relationship of and develop the skills necessary to, coach and mentor faculty to meet departmental goals.  Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges (OACC) 46th Annual Conference – “Journey to Success.” October 2–4, 2013 Midwest City, Oklahoma The Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges supports Oklahoma’s Community Colleges by providing professional development opportunities, advocacy, and connections with key stakeholders to improve higher education in the state. Attended sessions included:  “Understanding, Teaching, and Serving Today’s Student” by Keynote Speaker Dr. Mark Taylor “Doing things better than you can do by yourself” by Stan Greil & Steven Bloomberg. “Methods and Techniques in Teaching Today’s Learners” by Dr. Mark Taylor.  Leadership OCCC Class VI, 2013 Oklahoma City Community College, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Leadership OCCC is made up of college employees eager to be effective leaders by increasing their knowledge, skills and abilities in essential management experience and by familiarizing themselves with the OCCC community.  Political Science Program Review, 2012 Oklahoma City Community College, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Responsible for preparing, and presenting the Program Review to the Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Felix Aquino.  Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois, April, 2011 Invited to attend the conference with Greg Gardner, the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Oklahoma City Community College. Attended sessions included:  “Assessing General Education Outcomes in a Small Community College Environment” by Theresa Leiphon and Kory Boehmer. “Killer Courses: Identifying and Understanding Roadblocks to First-Year Academic Success” by Griffin Barefoot.  “Assessing General Education with Student Portfolios: Making the Connection” by Donna Hastings, Kim Lovinski, and Beth Timmons.  “Utilizing a Campus-Wide Student Success Team to Improve Student Retention and Satisfaction” by Charles Gulas and Jennifer McCluskey.  Developed the Political Science Department’s Webpage, 2009 Oklahoma City Community College  Political Science 5-Year Report and Plan for Outcome Assessment, 2007 – present Oklahoma City Community College Responsible for preparing the document for submission to the dean, Dr. Susan Tabor. Continue to be involved in the yearly submission of the Report and Plan. Course Development: Developed Religion and Politics in America course, 2012 Developed a graduate-level course: The First Amendment Goes to School for the University of Oklahoma’s College of Education, 2009 Developed Scope and Methods of Political Science capstone course, 2007 Developed Contemporary Issues in American Politics course, 2006 Academic Affiliations: Founder and Advisor, Political Science Association (PSA), 2010 – present Gamma Beta Phi Society Honor Society, University of Oklahoma, 2008 Advisor, College Republicans, 2006 – present Advisor, Sigma Alpha Lambda National Leadership and Honor Society, 2003 – 2007 President of Communications, Golden Key International Honour Society, 2002 President, Pi Sigma Alpha, Sigma MU Chapter, 2002 Vice President, Pi Sigma Alpha, 2001 Member, Phi Theta Kappa, 1999 Other Professional and Administrative Experience: Assistant Certified Instructor (2000 - present)Poos Taekwondo/Olympic Sport, Edmond, Oklahoma Restaurant General Manager/Area Manager (1993 - 2000)Pizza Hut, Inc. Retail Marketing Manager (1989 - 1993)Conoco, Inc. Professional Organizations: American Political Science Association United States Taekwondo Union Tournament Committee Civic and Community Involvement: Organizer “School Supplies Drive for Willowbrook Elementary.” May, 2013. With assistance from my students, we collected much needed schools supplies for an elementary public school located in the Oklahoma City Public School District. This elementary school is located within a very impoverished community, where most of the students and their parents receive some type of social services and benefits from the state. The donations that we collected assisted many of the teachers who were spending their own resources in purchasing these items, as the school itself and many of the parents simply lacked the resources to purchase the school supplies themselves.    MentorWillow Brook Elementary. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, December, 2012. Mentored some of the first graders at the school who simply needed a role model in their lives. Most of the children came from broken homes and lived under impoverished conditions. As someone who grew up impoverished myself, I can relate to these children and tried to give them hope for the future. I would often bring them educational toys, coloring books, games, etc.  Organizer“Adopt a Family for the Holidays Toy Drive.” December, 2012. My students and I adopted five families in need of toys for Christmas. We were able to get retailers like Wal-Mart and Target to participate in the toy drive as well. The remaining toys were simply donated to Toys for Tots in Oklahoma City. OrganizerOCCC Political Science Capstone “Teacher’s Warehouse Drive.” May, 2012. My capstone students and I raised over 7500 reams of copy paper for The Foundation Teacher’s Warehouse. The Warehouse provides educators in Oklahoma City Public Schools the opportunity to receive free school supplies based on a first come, first serve basis. The Warehouse operates on donations only. News Channel 4 did a web story in order to promote our cause.   Organizer OCCC Political Science Capstone “Adopt a Family for the Holidays Toy Drive.” December, 2011. My capstone students and I adopted some families in need of toys for Christmas. I turned the capstone students’ presentations of their final research papers into a venue for all to attend. Not only could attendees listen to amazing presentations, but the attendees were also asked to bring and donate toys for our cause as well. The remaining toys that were simply donated to Toys for Tots in Oklahoma City.  Organizer OCCC Political Science Capstone “School Supply Drive for Hillsdale Elementary” in Oklahoma City. May, 2011. The venue for the capstone student presentations was used as a drop-off for school supplies for an elementary school in need of these materials.   Organizer OCCC Political Science Capstone “Food Drive for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.” December 2010, May 2010, December 2009, May 2009. The venue for the capstone student presentations was used as a drop-off for non-perishable food, which would be donated to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.   Mentor Oklahoma Juvenile Detention Center, 2007.  I was asked to come and speak to a group of juveniles who had been incarcerated at the facility. I went on to mentor some of them after their release from custody.   Mentor Office of Juvenile Affairs (OJA), 2005. I was asked to come and speak with some of the juveniles who were in the custody of OJA. 

     
  • After OCCC
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    While some Oklahoma City Community College political science students begin new careers upon graduation, OCCC designed its political science programs to prepare you to transfer your associate degree to a four-year university, where you can complete your bachelor’s degree and then consider what law school or graduate school options appeal to you.

    Not everyone who graduates with a political science degree goes into politics. Sure, many OCCC political science and pre-law graduates work in campaigns or even run for office themselves, but political science jobs exist in these (and many other) fields:

    • Government at all levels, including diplomatic posts
    • Legal professions – lawyers, judges, other judicial roles
    • Research and public policy analysis (think tanks)
    • Advocacy, including local, national and international non-profit organizations
    • International business
    • Labor relations
    • Media
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