Welcome to JMU Political Science

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. For a compact overview of what we do, please watch this slideshow. [more]

Public Affairs Student Organization

The Public Affairs Student Organization (PASO) provides community service learning, political discussion, professional development, and networking opportunities to James Madison University undergraduate students interested in politics, international affairs, and/or public administration. For more information please contact PASO at publicaffairsso@gmail.com.

We would like to hear from our alumnae/i!

Alumnae and alumni of the Department of Political Science work in Richmond, Washington, DC, all over the United States and across the world! As a graduate of our program we would like to hear from you - please take a few minutes to complete this brief survey and update your contact information? Thanks! Consider joining JMU Politicos, an organization for JMU alumnae/i living in the DC and Richmond areas. [more]

Endowment Honoring Retired Political Science Professors

The JMU Political Science Department Endowment Honoring Retired Professors will provide funds to support the work of faculty in the Department of Political Science in a project-oriented manner. These projects will enhance the teaching and research of departmental faculty working with undergraduate and graduate students in political science, public policy and administration, and international affairs. This endowment will finance activities central to the development of new courses, innovative teaching strategies in existing courses, and research on local, state, national, and international issues. Visit our web page honoring the Department of Political Science emeritus faculty. Give now

Scholarship Opportunities

Looking for scholarships to support your studies? Dr. Adams, JMU's Prestigious Scholarships Coordinator and an associate professor in the Political Science department, has created information sheets for Public Affairs and International Affairs scholarships. For more information, contact Dr. Adams at adams2mj@jmu.edu.




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The Spring 2014 edition of Political Currents, the JMU Political Science Alumni magazine is out - click on the image.

New colleagues

We welcome two new colleagues this semester: Kerry F. Crawford will teach classes in international relations. Her research focusses on gender issues in international relations, with a particular focus on war and peacekeeping. Saidat Ilo is currently finishing her Ph.D. in political science at Howard University. Her work focuses on Nigerian politics and foreign relations. Ms. Ilo is a Preparing Future Faculty fellow.

Ranking success!

JMU's Political Science program ranked 4th nationally in total 30-year estimated earnings relative to the cost of attending JMU. If that return on investment (ROI) is expressed as an annual percentage rate net of the cost of attending, then JMU's Political Science program is tied for first in the United States with a 9.3% annualized net return.  The full ranking and discussion of the study can be found at http://www.payscale.com/data-packages/college-roi-2013/college-roi-2013-schools-by-major/political-science.