Career Opportunities

Co-curricular Activities and Organizations

Majors in the Department of Political Science

Cross Disciplinary Major

Minor Requirements

The Washington Semester Program


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Department of Political Science
Miller Hall, Room 2120
(540) 568-6149
http://www.jmu.edu/polisci/


Department Head
Dr. Charles H. Blake

Professors
J. Adolino, C. Blake, S. Hammond,
R. Roberts, K. Rutherford, V. Sulfaro,
R. Teske

Associate Professors
M. Adams, A. Broscheid, D. Jones,
J. Keller, H. Lubert, J. Scherpereel

Assistant Professors
J. Byrne, A. Cleveland, M. Cohen,
K. Ferraiolo, M. Jamal, B. Kaussler,
G. Kirk, C. Koski, T. LaPira, H. Lee,
K. Moore, L. Peaslee, N. Swartz,
Y. Yang

Department of Political Science

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:

Career Opportunities
The political science department offers programs that lead students to careers in the following fields:

To enhance the marketability of its students, the political science department supports career-related internships. For information contact the political science office, Miller Hall, Room 2120, (540) 568-6149 or contact the internship coordinator, Dr. Gary Kirk.

Co-curricular Activities and Organizations

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 policy and 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 33 credit hours, including:

For information about the political science major contact:

Dr. Scott Hammond
Miller Hall 2141
(540) 568-6313

Degree Requirements

Required Courses
Credit Hours
General Education 1
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)
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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 Requirements
Credit Hours
GPOSC 225. U.S. Government
4
POSC 201. Introduction to Western Political Theory
3
POSC 295. Political Research Methods 1
4
Choose one of the following:
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     GPOSC 200. Global Politics
     POSC 230. International Relations
     POSC 240. Comparative Politics

1 MATH 220 is a prerequisite for POSC 295.

Electives
In addition to the core requirements, political science majors must elect 15 hours of approved courses from the 300 level or above and at least one from three major areas of political inquiry. Students are encouraged to complete the core requirements before taking any course above the level of POSC 301.

Elective Courses
Credit Hours
Choose one course from three of the following areas:
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Comparative Politics
     POSC 337. Politics of Russia and the Former Soviet Union
     POSC 340. Political Development in the Third World
     POSC 344. Politics of European Union
     POSC 345. Politics of Western Europe
     POSC 346. Politics of Central and Eastern Europe
     POSC 347. Comparative Public Policy
     POSC 348. The Politics of Cultural Pluralism
     POSC 349. Comparative Political Behavior
     POSC 350. Latin American Politics
     POSC 353. African Politics
     POSC 354. Politics of the Middle East
     POSC 355. East Asian Politics
     POSC 371. Topics in Comparative Politics
International Relations
     POSC 361. Topics in International Relations
     POSC 370. U.S. Foreign Policy
     POSC/JUST 379. Ethics and International Policies
     POSC/JUST 392. Peace Studies
     POSC 395. International Law
     POSC 396. International Organizations
     POSC 397. Politics of International Economic Relations
     POSC 430. International Security in the Post-Cold War World
     POSC 435. Seminar in International Terrorism
     POSC 458. International Political Analysis
Political Theory
     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
     POSC 381. Topics in Political Theory
American Government
     POSC 302. State and Local Government
     POSC 325. Constitutional Law
     POSC 326. Civil Rights
     POSC 351. Topics in American Politics
     POSC 358. Public Policymaking
     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 U.S. Presidency
     POSC 383. Women and Politics
     POSC 384. Minority Group Politics
     POSC 385. The U.S. Congress
     POSC 386. The U.S. Judiciary
     POSC 391. *Topics in Public Policy (*when topic is appropriate)
     POSC 472. Media and Politics
Two additional electives chosen from the 300 or 400 level
6
For three of these credit hours, students may substitute the following 200 level courses:
     PPA 265. Public Administration
Senior Capstone 1
POSC 492. Senior Seminar in Political Science 2
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1 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 academic unit head or appropriate academic unit coordinator for clarification.
2 This course fulfills the College of Arts and Letters writing-intensive requirement for the major.

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Bachelor of Science in Public Policy and Administration

          Dr. Gary L. Kirk, Coordinator
          Phone: (540) 568-3768


The major in public policy and administration provides students with a general foundation in the nature of public policy, the public workplace and its political, legal, and managerial environments.
This major prepares students for professional employment and leadership in government and nonprofit organizations. The program consists of a core of courses offering general knowledge essential for understanding and working in the public arena. This core provides students with an appreciation of the political culture and economic environment of public work, measurement techniques and a basic understanding of the policy process.

Students are offered a choice between two concentration options: public policy or public management. In the public policy concentration students acquire knowledge of the nature, dynamics, implementation and substance of public policy and its analysis. Courses address:

The public management concentration emphasizes management and management-related skills. Courses address:

In addition, courses in both concentrations heighten students' critical, analytical and communication skills through case studies, exercises and the intensive writing requirement. The public policy concentration requires a senior seminar experience which seeks to bring policy theory and analytical skills to bear on a practical issue of public policy. Public management students must complete the dual capstone requirements of a public management seminar and an internship, requiring an integration of knowledge from both general studies and major studies by focusing students on specific cases and workplace applications.

Because the public policy and administration major develops techniques and skills applicable to varied career paths in public service, students are encouraged to choose a complementary minor with a narrower, substantive focus. The minors recommended for students' consideration include criminal justice, environmental information systems, environmental management, environmental studies, family studies, gerontology, health information systems, nonprofit studies, political communication, substance abuse intervention, telecommunications, urban and regional studies, communication studies, conflict analysis and intervention, sociology, technical and scientific communication, economics, human resource development, computer science, public health, and integrated science and technology.

Interested students may apply to participate in the Fifth Year Master of Public Administration degree program, which allows qualified students to earn an M.P.A. degree with one additional year of study. Students should apply for this program in their sophomore year. See the JMU Graduate Catalog for more information.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses
Credit Hours
General Education 1
41
Quantitative requirement 2, 3
3
Scientific Literacy requirement 2
3
University electives
34
Major requirements (listed below)
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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 requirements.
3 For this requirement, public policy and administration majors should take MATH 220, the prerequisite for POSC 295, a required core course in the major.

Major Requirements

Core Requirements
Credit Hours
GPOSC 225. U.S. Government
4
GECON 200. Introduction to Macroeconomics
3
PPA 200. Introduction to Public Policy
3
PPA 265. Public Administration
3
POSC 295. Political Research Methods 1
4
Public Policy Concentration Requirements
PPA 359. Policy Analysis
3
Choose two of the following:
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     POSC 302. State and Local Government
     POSC 358. Public Policymaking
     POSC 368. Interest Groups and Public Policy
     POSC 380. U.S. Presidency
     POSC 385. U.S. Congress
     POSC 386. The American Judiciary
Choose three substantive policy electives from the following:
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     POSC 347. Comparative Public Policy
     POSC 367. Immigration Politics and Policy
     POSC 391. Topics in Public Policy
     POSC 397. The Politics of International Economic Relations
     PPA 460. Regionalism and Urban Policy
     PPA 461. Education and Social Policy
     PPA 462. Social Welfare and Local Government Policy
     PPA 483. Emerging Issues in Public Administration 2
     PPA 484. Environmental Regulatory Politics and Policy
     Approved ISAT course 3
Senior Capstone
4
PPA 492. Public Policy Senior Seminar 4, 5

 
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Courses
Credit Hours
Public Management Concentration Requirements
PPA 381. Budgetary Process
3
MGT 365. Human Resource Management
3
PPA 415. Legal Environment of Public Administration
3
Choose two courses, one from each list:
6-7
Institutional Courses
     PPA 325. Regional Planning and Organization
     PPA 412. Seminar in Intergovernmental Relations
     PPA 483. Emerging Issues in Public Administration
     POSC 302. State and Local Government
     POSC 380. U.S. Presidency
     POSC 385. U.S. Congress
     POSC 396. International Organizations
Process, Issue and Application Courses
     COB 241. Financial Accounting
     GEOG 215. Geospatial Tools I Cartography and GIS
     GEOG 311. Endangered Environments
     GEOG 344. Economic Geography and Development Issues
     GEOG 345. Geography of Poverty
     NPS 300. Introduction to Nonprofit Studies
     NPS 320. Nonprofit Management
     PPA 460. Regionalism and Urban Policy
     PPA 461. Education and Social Policy
     PPA 462. Social Welfare and Local Government Policy
     PPA 484. Environmental Regulatory Policy
     SCOM 350. Organizational Communication
     Approved WRTC course 3
Required Capstone Courses
     PPA 420. Seminar in Public Management 4, 5
3
     PPA 496. Internship in Public Management 5
4

 
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1 MATH 220 is a prerequisite for POSC 295.
2 PPA 483 may be taken when the course topic addresses a public policy issue.
3 Consult the public policy and administration coordinator.
4 This course fulfills the College of Arts and Letters writing-intensive requirement for the major.
5 Students 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.

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Cross Disciplinary Major

Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs
The major in international affairs provides a cross disciplinary 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 major, refer to International Affairs.

Minor Requirements

Political Communication Minor
The cross disciplinary minor in political communication is designed for students interested in pursuing careers in political management. For a full description of this cross disciplinary minor, refer to the Political Communication minor.

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.

Courses
Credit Hours
GPOSC 225. U.S. Government
4
POSC 201. Introduction to Western Political Theory
3
Choose one upper-level American government course from the following:
3
     POSC 302. State and Local Government
     POSC 325. Constitutional Law
     POSC 326. Civil Rights
     POSC 351. Topics in American Politics
     POSC 358. Public Policymaking
     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 U.S. Presidency
     POSC 383. Women and Politics
     POSC 384. Minority Group Politics
     POSC 385. The U.S. Congress
Elective chosen from 300 level courses listed above or from the following:
3
     PPA 265. Public Administration
     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
     POSC 381. Topics in Political Theory
Choose Option One or Option Two
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Option One:
     POSC 230. International Relations
Choose one of the following:
     POSC 361. Topics in International Relations
     POSC 370. U.S. Foreign Policy
     POSC/JUST 372. Ethics and International Politics
     POSC/JUST 392. Peace Studies
     POSC 395. International Law
     POSC 396. International Organizations
     POSC 397. The Politics of International Economic Relations
     POSC 430. International Security in the Post-Cold War World
     POSC 435. Seminar in International Terrorism
     POSC 458. International Political Analysis
Option Two:
     GPOSC 200. Global Politics
     or POSC 240. Comparative Politics
Choose one of the following:
     POSC 337. Politics of Russia and the Former Soviet Union
     POSC 340. Political Development in the Third World
     POSC 344. Politics of the European Union
     POSC 345. Politics of Western Europe
     POSC 346. Politics of Central and Eastern Europe
     POSC 347. Comparative Public Policy
     POSC 348. The Politics of Cultural Pluralism
     POSC 349. Comparative Political Behavior
     POSC 350. Latin American Politics
     POSC 353. African Politics
     POSC 354. Politics of the Middle East
     POSC 355. East Asian Politics
     POSC 371. Topics in Comparative Politics

 
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Public Policy and Administration Minor
The minor in public policy and administration seeks to give students a foundation in the nature and practice of public policy and public administration. Students get exposure to the application of policy and administration by doing an internship capstone course. The minor in public policy and administration requires 20 credit hours of course work.

Course
Credit Hours
GPOSC 225. U.S. Government
4
PPA 200. Introduction to Public Policy
3
PPA 265. Public Administration
3
Public Policy (choose one)
3
     POSC 367. U.S. Immigration Politics and Policy
     PPA 460. Regionalism and Urban Policy
     PPA 461. Education and Social Policy
     PPA 462. Social Welfare and Local Government Policy
     PPA 483. Emerging Issues in Public Policy and Administration 1
     PPA 484. Environmental Regulatory Policy and Politics
Public Administration (choose one)
3
     MGT 365. Human Resource Management
     PPA 381. Budgetary Process
     PPA 415. Legal Environment of Public Administration
     PPA 420. Public Management
     PPA 483. Emerging Issues in Public Administration 2
Required Capstone
4
     PPA 496. Internship in Public Policy and Administration

 
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1 When PPA 483 is a policy-related course.
2 When PPA 483 is an administration-related course.

The Washington Semester Program
The political science department offers a Washington Semester Program. In the fall semester the focus is on American politics. In the spring the focus is on global and international politics. In both semesters students have the opportunity to do a Washington-based internship and take a course from specialists in the field. Housing is arranged by JMU and JMU tuition is paid. The American politics program is especially designed for students who are majoring or minoring in programs associated with the political science department. The global semester encourages students from all majors that have an international or global focus to enroll.

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