The Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement and the Department of Political Science in Arts & Sciences have collaborated to offer one credit courses that teach students to leverage the political process to promote the social good.
Just Do It! Running for Political Office (L32 227) gives undergraduates the opportunity to discuss issues and learn skills related to running for political office at the national level through research, discussion and participation in simulated exercises that may face a candidate and campaign staff.
Just Do It! Turning Your Passion into Policy (L32 227) gives WashU undergraduates the opportunity to learn practical skills for tracking legislation, building coalitions, fostering advocacy skills and more.
These courses teach students about political rights and responsibilities. Students engage in dialogue, enact mock testimonials for seasoned community members, and learn how to be an effective player in the policy process. The class is taught by Tom J. Irwin, executive director of Civic Progress and graduate of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.