The Department of Political Science prepares students to address fundamental questions of equality, liberty, and justice; the history of political philosophy; the constitutional structure of government in the U.S., and the major institutions of national politics, urban politics, and public policy.
When traveling with the Rhodes Mock Trial, students are asked only to cover their meals. Everything else, transportation, tournament fees, and hotel costs are covered by the program. Rhodes Mock Trial routinely sends its teams to the most competitive tournaments, held across the country. These places include:
New York, New York for the Downtown Invitational hosted by NYU
Irvine, California for the Beach Party Invitational hosted by UC Irvine
Anyone interested in joining Rhodes Mock Trial must successfully complete Political Science 262: Trial Procedures.
Trial Procedures is a four credit course taught by Professor Anna Smith that focuses on studying and practicing the basic procedures of trial law. The course topics include Opening Statements, Direct Examination, Cross Examination, Closing Arguments, Objection Arguments, the Federal Rules of Evidence, and preparing witnesses. The course concludes in October with in-class trial practice rounds which function as formal try-outs.
What is Mock Trial?
Mock Trial is an academic activity designed to challenge those who are interested in law, debate, or other forms of forensics.
Students are divided into teams and given a court case, which they must try as both the prosecution and the defense. Places on the team include both witness and attorney roles.
Mock Trial at Rhodes
Rhodes College Mock Trial teams won the National Championship on 4 occasions and hold the record for consecutive national tournament appearances
Rhodes alumna Pat Morg
The Delta Tau chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society, is hosting a public reception and panel discussion of the recent Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision. Featured panelists include Professors Dan Cullen, Mark Pohlmann, and Steve Wirls of the Political Science Department at Rhodes College. The Supreme Court decision in Burwell v.
Professor Anna R. Eldridge, a Rhodes College graduate of the class of 2002, continued her education at Duke Law School before starting her career as an attorney. Professor Eldridge has practiced both civil and criminal law in a variety of settings and is licensed to practice in Georgia, Tennessee, and Arkansas. She returned to Rhodes as a coach to the nationally successful Mock Trial Program in 2008. Since then, Rhodes has appeared at every National Championship Tournament and Professor Eldridge has become the Director of the program.
Erin Dolgoy is a political scientist, with specializations in political theory and American politics. Her research focuses on the social and political influences of science and technology, in both the early modern period and contemporary American context. She joined the faculty at Rhodes College in 2013 as a Post Doctoral Fellow in Political Science.
She received her PhD from Michigan State University (2013), MAs from Michigan State University (2008) and the University of Alberta (2006), and an HBA from the University of Toronto (2003).
Dr. Michael Nelson's new book, Resilient America, explores how urban riots and the Tet Offensive, the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, the politics of outrage and race, all pointed to a reordering of party coalitions, of groups and regions, a hardening and widening of an ideological divide, and to the historical importance of the 1968 election as a watershed event.