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]
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]
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Spring 2013 edition of Political Currents, the JMU Political Science Alumni magazine is out - click on the image.
We welcome three new colleagues this semester: Kristin N. Wylie will teach classes on comparative politics. Her research focusses on electoral rules, political parties, and representation in democracies. Keith N. Grant specializes in studies of interstate conflict and international institutions. He will teach classes on foreign policy and international organizations. Anta Sane is currently finishing her Ph.D. in political science at Howard University, with a dissertation on parliamentary politics in Senegal. She is teaching a course on African Politics. Ms. Sane is a Preparing Future Faculty fellow.
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.