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Politics and Economics utilizes a unique interdisciplinary approach to promote a critical understanding of the institutions, processes and policies shaping the contemporary and future world.
The re-invented Public Administration degree is available this fall fully online.
Content Knowledge. Assess different theories, concepts, methods, and analytical approaches employed by the disciplines of Political Science and Economics.
Inquiry. Evaluate problems of empirical analysis and normative inquiry, and synthesize the two approaches in the analysis of the ideas, values, and assumptions underlying public policy issues.
Applied Learning and Civic Engagement. Apply contextual knowledge and skills to the public policy process and ‘real- life’ political situations via the opportunity to observe and participate as an informed citizen in a variety of on and off- campus settings.
Critical Thinking, Communication, and Integrated Learning. Produce effective interdisciplinary policy analysis via the ability to recognize arguments, test hypotheses and support one’s position via appropriate oral and written communications targeted for specific audiences.
Politics and Economics majors are evaluated in a variety of ways. Students complete, with a grade of Cor
better, courses that reinforce the fundamental knowledge and skills of the theories, methodologies and analytical techniques required for life long success. Quizzes, exams, papers, group projects, public presentations, and practicum and internships are evaluated via employment of rubrics and other assessment tools to ensure students achieve the program’s learning outcomes. By satisfactorily completing the program’s Capstone course in which majors are required to undertake an original research project, students critically explore the tensions and connections between the two disciplines and how the public policy process requires an interdisciplinary approach to solve pressing societal problems.
Required and elective courses throughout the program further enhance students’ skills in research, writing, computer
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“The interdisciplinary approach creates a learning experience which can not be achieved by the sole focus on any of the three components. An individual can gravitate to the aspect of the program which he or she finds the most interesting. The rural setting allows for quiet reflection, and an environment that is conducive to study. An academically orientated individual can thrive in this location because there are no distractions.”
– Paul Lubeck, EOU class of 2009
“I wanted to take a moment to express my sincere thanks for the work all of you put into the online programs at EOU. I started in the PPE program in Spring of 2011, and am only 65 credits away from finishing. I have experienced tremendous personal and professional growth during that time. Going back to school while working full-time and raising a family is no small task…However, I would say that there is a great advantage to combining school and work. Learning the theory and applying it to real life offers a tremendous learning experience. (PPE’s) flexibility and willingness to work around family and job schedules is a huge advantage, and appreciated more than you know. Tuesday night, I was voted in as one of the newest city council members in Prineville. I will say without a doubt that the education I have received thus far at EOU opened up my world to new possibilities. The PPE program helped me to recognize that I am geared toward public service; and that after a career in journalism, this is the field I want to pursue. As one who has worked in economic development (and now as an anti-poverty advocate), I always preach the importance of education. My experience at EOU has shown me on personal level how powerful education can really be.”
– Jason Carr, current student
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Eastern Oregon University has the affordability, small class sizes and caring faculty that make a monumental difference to student success. Politics and Economics taught me to think critically about factors that influence our political system. Program faculty encouraged me to engage in campus life. I served as EOU student body president so I could make a positive difference for students. Now I work in Washington, D.C. and, like on campus, continue to make public policy that works for everyone.
Katy Barnett, '08Senior Associate, Pew Charitable TrustWashington, D.C.
The program’s focus on civic engagement prepares students for on-campus leadership along with off-campus internships in the public and non-profit sectors, imbuing our graduates with the practical experience, knowledge and skills to make a positive contribution to their communities.
Politics and Economics is the major of choice for aspiring lawyers. Program alumni are currently
serving as attorneys throughout the state of Oregon in a variety of positions, including lobbyists,
public interest groups, government analysts and the private sector.
Students are provided real life opportunities to partner with program faculty in research efforts,
including craft beer policy, economic development and wildlife policy.
This degree program is offered on the EOU campus, online.
Learn more about our online centers for direct advising in your area.
The program imparts students with the knowledge and skills for exploring societal problems, the development of public policy, and critical policy analysis. Politics and Economics prepares students for life-long success in a variety of stimulating and challenging careers, including attorneys, legislative advocacy, non-profit agency leadership, federal, state and local governmental service, and others.
Politics and Economics is the major of choice for aspiring lawyers and graduate study in Political Science and Economics, evidenced by our students attending some of the nation’s most prestigious graduate programs, including the University of California, Berkeley, George Washington School of Political Management and law schools throughout the Pacific Northwest. Our small faculty-to-student ratio ensures our students receive personalized attention, opportunities to participate in joint research projects, and access to some of the most innovative course offerings on campus.
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