Madison Script James Madison University
College of Arts and Letters

Political Science

Department of Political Science

Dr. Glenn P. Hastedt, Head

Phone: (540) 568-6149
Fax:
E-mail: hastedgp@jmu.edu
Web site: www.jmu.edu/polisci/


Professors
S. Bowers, A. Eksterowicz, G. Hastedt, K. Knickrehm, R. Roberts, D. Skelley, R. Teske

Associate Professors
J. Adolino, C. Blake, S. Hammond, S. Spivey, V. Sulfaro

Assistant Professors
P. Bridgmon, V. Haysley, D. Jones, H. Lubert, E. Williams


Mission Statement
The Department of Political Science offers strong major and minor programs sharing a focus on public concerns. We are committed to providing our students with the tools and competence to succeed in their lives, their graduate education and their careers by instilling academic rigor, information access and research skills, dedication to life-long learning and respect for diversity in cultures, nations and institutions of democracy.


Goals
To carry out the above mission, the Department of Political Science seeks to
  • Offer strong major programs: the B. A. in Political Science; the B. S. in Public Administration and the B. A. in International Affairs (interdisciplinary).
  • Offer strong minor programs: political science, public administration, political communication (interdisciplinary) and criminal justice (interdisciplinary).
  • Enhance critical-thinking, communication and information gathering skills.

  • Career Opportunities
    The political science department offers programs that lead students to careers in the following fields:
    • Administration and management
    • Criminal justice
    • Federal, state and local government
    • International organizations
    • Law
    • Not-for-profit organizations
    • Politics
    • Private sector
    To enhance the marketability of its students, the Political Science Department supports career-related internships. For information contact the political science office, Maury Hall 118, (540) 568-6149 or contact hastedgp@jmu.edu.


    Co-curricular Activities and Organizations
    • Lambda Alpha Epsilon: criminal justice professional fraternity
    • Pi Alpha Alpha: public administration honor society
    • Pi Sigma Alpha: political science honor society
    • Pre-Law Society
    • Sigma Iota Rho: international affairs honor society
    Special Admission Requirements
    Admission to JMU does not guarantee admission to the Department of Political Science. Students may enter JMU as Ňpre majorsÓ in Political Science or Public Administration and then apply to become majors later. A limited number of spaces will be available in each major. The exact number will be determined each year and is based on the ability of the department to provide a quality educational experience for its majors. It will reflect factors such as the number of students who are graduating and the size of the faculty. As part of this enrollment management program, the minors in political science and pubic administration are suspended.

    Required pre major courses and the procedures for becoming a major are available on the department Web site at http://www.jmu.edu/polisci/Admissions/.


    Majors in the Department of Political Science
    The Department of Political Science offers the B. A. degree with a major in political science, the B.S. degree with a major in public administration and the B.A. degree with a major in international affairs.


    Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
    For a major in political science, the student must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 32 credit hours, including
    • A 14-hour core introducing students to career opportunities, the conduct of political inquiry in the major areas of the discipline, an awareness of global issues and cultural diversity and the techniques of original research.
    • A 15-hour depth requirement in which students take at least one course from three of the major areas of political inquiry and acquire additional experience in the application of research techniques.
    • A four-hour capstone experience designed to bring together knowledge gained in different courses into a coherent whole, to foster a capacity for lifelong learning, to connect the major to experiences outside the university and to provide the opportunity to work individually with a faculty member.
    Please direct questions about the political science major to Dr. Scott Hammond, Maury Hall 219, (540) 568-6313, hammonsj@jmu.edu

    Degree Requirements

    Credit Hours
    General Education1 41
    Foreign Language classes (Intermediate level required)2 0-14
    Philosophy course (In addition to General Education courses) 3
    University electives 28-39
    Major requirements (listed below) 32

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    1 The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary. 2 The foreign language requirement may be satisfied by successful completion of the second semester of the intermediate level of the student's chosen language (typically 232), or by placing out of that language through the Department of Foreign Language's placement test.

    Major Requirements

    Core Corses Credit Hours
    GPOSC 225. U.S. Government 4
    POSC 201. Introduction to Western Political Theory 3
    POSC 295. Political Research Methods1 4
    Choose one of the following: 3
    GPOSC 200. Global Politics
    POSC 230. International Relations
    POSC 240. Comparative Politics
    1MATH 220 is a prerequisite for POSC 295.
    Electives
    Choose one course from three of the following areas: 9
    Comparative Politics
    POSC 337. Russian Political System
    POSC 339. Politics of Communist and Post-Communist Societies
    POSC 340. Political Development in the Third World
    POSC 345. European Governments
    POSC 347. Comparative Public Policy
    POSC 350. Latin American Politics
    POSC 355. East Asian Politics
    POSC 361. Contemporary Problems in International Affairs
    International Relations
    POSC 338. Russian Foreign Policy
    POSC 361. Contemporary Problems in International Affairs
    POSC 370. U.S. Foreign Policy
    POSC 395. International Law
    POSC 396. International Organizations
    POSC 397. Politics of International Economic Relations
    POSC 435. Seminar in International Terrorism Theory
    Political Theory
    POSC 300. Political Analysis
    POSC 310. Political Theory: Ancient to Early Modern
    POSC 315. Political Theory: Early Modern to the 19th Century
    POSC 316. Contemporary Political Theory
    POSC 321. Political Theory and Ideology
    POSC 330. American Political Thought
    American Government
    POSC 302. State and Local Government
    POSC 325. Constitutional Law
    POSC 326. Civil Rights
    POSC 351. Contemporary Problems in U.S. Government
    POSC 358. Public Policy
    POSC 360. Urban Politics
    POSC 362. Political Behavior
    POSC 365. American Political Campaigning
    POSC 368. Interest Groups and Public Policy
    POSC 369. Political Parties and Elections
    POSC 380. The National Executive
    POSC 385. The Legislative Process
    Two additional electives chosen from the 300 or 400 level including: 6
    POSC 490. Senior Tutorial in Political Science
    POSC 493. Simulations in Political Science
    POSC 495. Internship in Political Science
    POSC 495W. Washington Semester Internship in Political Science1
    For three of these credit hours, students may substitute one of the following 200-level courses:
    POSC 210. Intrduction to Law and Jurisprudence 3
    PUAD 215. Introduction to Criminal Justice
    PUAD 265. Public Administration
    Senior Capstone:2
    POSC 492. Senior Seminar in Political Science3 4

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    1 Although POSC 495W is a 6-credit course, only 4 credits apply to the electives requirement; the remaining 2 hours are applied toward the studentŐs overall degree requirements. 2 Student should fulfill the senior capstone requirement for each major and minor separately. This means that senior experiences completed for one major or minor cannot normally be counted for another. Students who have questions about a particular situation should see the department head or appropriate department coordinator for clarification. 3 This course fulfills the College of Arts and Letters writing-intensive requirement for the major.

    Bachelor of Science in Public Administration
    Dr. Ben D. Skelley, Coordinator
    Phone: (540) 568-6832
    E-mail: skellebd@jmu.edu


    The major in public administration provides students with a general foundation in the nature of the public work place and its political and legal environments. The major provides two concentrations for students: public management and criminal justice. Students pursuing either concentration share a common core of courses but take specialized courses for their concentration. Majors must successfully complete 20 credit hours of public administration core courses, which include public administration, political science and management courses. These courses impart knowledge about the American political system and the values and traditions of American democratic administration. At the same time, they exercise students' critical and analytical skills in case studies and the application of social science methods.

    Degree Requirements

    Credit Hours
    General Education1 41
    Mathematics course2 3
    Social science or natural science course2 3-4
    University electives 30-34
    Major requirements (listed below) 20
    Concentration requirements (listed below) 22

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    1 The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary. 2 In addition to course work taken to fulfill General Education requirement.

    Major Requirements

    Core Corses Credit Hours
    GPOSC 225. U.S. Government 4
    MGT 365. Human Resource Management 3
    POSC 295. Political Research Method 4
    POSC 302. State and Local Government 3
    PUAD 265. Public Administration 3
    PUAD 381. Politics of the Budgetary Process 3

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    Concentrations

    Public Management
    The concentration in public management prepares students for professional employment and leadership in government and nonprofit organizations. The program provides specialized training in management and management-related skills. Students choosing this concentration should minor or double major in a complementary cognate field of study approved by the department. Students should consult early with their adviser concerning their cognate field.

    The concentration's required courses provides students with knowledge of:
    • The political culture of public work
    • Public works economic environment
    • Accounting practices
    • Organization theories
    • Management theories
    • Management devices and practices
    • Policy processes
    In addition, the concentration's core courses heighten studentsŐ sensitivity to issues of cultural diversity and exercise studentsŐ critical, analytical and communication skills through case studies and exercises. The dual capstone requirement - a public management seminar and an internship - demands integration of knowledge from both general studies and major studies by focusing students on specific cases and work place applications.
    Required Course Credit Hours
    Public administration core courses 20
    COB 241. Financial Accounting 3
    COB 242. Managerial Accounting 3
    GECON 200. Introduction to Macroeconomics 3
    ECON 201. Micro Economics 3
    PUAD 415. Legal Environment of Public Administration 3
    PUAD 420. Public Management1 3
    PUAD 496. Internship in Public Administration 4


    1 This course fulfills the College of Arts and Letters writing-intensive requirement for the major.

    Cognate Requirement
    Students must complete a cognate program approved by the department. Criminal Justice
    Public administration and criminal justice are highly integrated fields of activity. Criminal justice activities result from public policy and public law and are administrated largely by government employees. Public administration offers criminal justice students administrative knowledge and skills that enhance their specialized knowledge of criminal law, criminal procedure and criminal justice institutions.

    The required courses give students substantive knowledge of the criminal law, judicial processes, nature of criminal behavior and organizational elements of the criminal justice system. Students integrate and apply this knowledge during their senior experience.
    Required Course Credit Hours
    Public Administration core courses 20
    PUAD 215. Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
    PUAD 327. Criminal Law 3
    PUAD 328. Criminal Procedure 3
    PUAD 410. Administration in Criminal Justice1 3
    SOCI 325. Criminology 3
    Elective (choose one of the following): 3
    PHIL 325. Crime, Punishment, and Justice
    POSC 326. Civil Rights
    PSYC 250. Introduction to Abnormal Psychology
    PSYC 335. Abnormal Psychology
    PUAD 324. Counter-Intelligence
    PUAD 329. Criminal Investigation and Evidence
    SCOM 231. Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution
    SCOM 331. Communication and Conflict
    SOCI 327. Juvenile Delinquency
    SOCI 330. Corrections
    Senior experience2 (choose one): 4
    PUAD 480. Senior Tutorial
    PUAD/SOCI 482. Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice
    PUAD 496. Internship

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    1 This course fulfills the College of Arts and Letters writing-intensive requirement for the major. 2 Prerequisite: A 3-credit research methods course in political science, psychology, sociology, or the equivalent thereof.

    Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs
    The major in international affairs provides an interdisciplinary understanding of foreign cultures and societies, the dynamics of world politics and how other nations perceive the world and why they act the way they do. For a full description of this interdisciplinary major, see "Interdisciplinary Programs.".

    Interdisciplinary Social Science
    The major in interdisciplinary social science is designed for students who desire a broad, yet integrated, education in the social sciences as a preparation for careers in government, business, law, teaching or pre-professional training in one of the social sciences. This major is housed in the Department of Political Science and is coordinated by Dr. Sue E. Spivey. For a full description of this program, refer to "Interdisciplinary Social Science.".

    Minor Requirements

    Criminal Justice Minor
    The interdisciplinary minor in criminal justice is designed for students interested in careers in law enforcement, corrections or judicial administration. Limited enrollment is available for this minor. Contact Dr. Peggy Plass at plassms@jmu.edu. For a full description of this minor, refer to "Interdisciplinary Programs.".

    Political Science Minor
    A student may minor in political science by completing 19 credit hours of approved courses from the following list. Check with the department office for department availability of the minor.

    Required Course Credit Hours
    GPOSC 225. U.S. Government 4
    POSC 201. Introduction to Western Political Theory 3
    Choose one upper-level American government 3
    course from the following:
    POSC 302. State and Local Government
    POSC 325. Constitutional Law
    POSC 326. Civil Rights
    POSC 358. Public Policy
    POSC 360. Urban Politics
    POSC 362. Political Behavior
    POSC 365. American Political Campaigning
    POSC 368. Interest Groups and Public Policy
    POSC 369. Political Parties and Elections
    POSC 380. The National Executive
    POSC 385. The Legislative Process
    PUAD 358. Public Policy
    Elective chosen from 300-level courses listed above or from the following: 3
    PUAD 265. Public Administration
    POSC 310. Political Theory: Ancient to Early Modern
    POSC 415. Political Theory: Early Modern to the 19th Century
    POSC 316. Contemporary Political Theory
    POSC 321. Political Theory and Ideology
    POSC 330. American Political Thought
    Choose Option One or Option Two 6
    Option One:
    POSC 230. International Relations
    Choose one of the following:
    POSC 361. Contemporary Problems in International Affairs
    POSC 370. U.S. Foreign Policy
    POSC 395. International Law
    POSC 396. International Organizations
    POSC 397. Politics of International Economic Relations
    POSC 435. Seminar in International Terrorism
    Option Two:
    GPOSC 200. Global Politics or
    POSC 240. Comparative Politics
    Choose one of the following:
    POSC 337. Russian Political System
    POSC 339. Politics of Communist and Post-Communist Systems
    POSC 340. Political Development in the Third World
    POSC 345. European Governments
    POSC 347. Comparative Public Policy
    POSC 350. Latin American Politics
    POSC 355. East Asian Politics
    POSC 361. Contemporary Problems in International Affairs

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    Political Communication Minor
    The interdisciplinary minor in political communication is designed for students interested in pursuing careers in political management. For a full description of this minor, refer to "Interdisciplinary Programs."

    Public Administration Minor
    The requirement for a minor in public administration is 19 credit hours of courses from the following list. Check with the department office for availability of the minor.

    Required Course Credit Hours
    GPOSC 225. U.S. Government 4
    MGT 365. Human Resource Management 3
    PUAD 265. Public Administration 3
    PUAD 415. Legal Environment of Public Administration 3
    PUAD 381. Budgetary Process 3
    PUAD 420. Public Management 3

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    In addition to the core courses, the department encourages students to take PUAD 496, Internship in Public Administration.

    The Washington Semester Program
    The political science department offers a Washington Semester Program each spring. Students have the opportunity to do a Washington-based internship and take courses from specialists in the field. Housing is arranged by JMU and JMU tuition is paid. The program is open to all students but is especially designed for those who are majoring or minoring in a program associated with the political science department.



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