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Political Science (B.A.)

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Major requirements and their VCCS equivalents (and RBC equivalents if applicable)

JMU CourseVCCS CourseRBC CourseNotes
POSC 225PLS 130 or PLS 135 or PLS 211GOVT 201
POSC 230PLS 241GOVT202
POSC 240PLS 140GOVT 203
MATH 220 (see advising notes)MTH 146 or MTH 157 or MTH 240 or MTH 241MATH 217
POSC 302PLS 136GOVT 253Will count as an elective in the major
POSC 321PLS 200No equivalentWill count as an elective in the major
POSC 351PLS 215No equivalentWill count as an elective in the major
POSC 361PLS 250 or 255No equivalentWill count as an elective in the major
POSC 369PLS 220No equivalentWill count as an elective in the major
POSC 370PLS 242No equivalentWill count as an elective in the major
POSC 380PLS 225No equivalentWill count as an elective in the major
POSC 385PLS 230No equivalentWill count as an elective in the major
PSYC 160PSY 230 or 231 and 232PSY 250Required for students pursuing teacher licensure in secondary education with an endorsement in social studies.
EDUC 300EDU 200No equivalentRequired for students pursuing teacher licensure in secondary education with an endorsement in social studies.
HIST 225HIS 121 and 122HIST 201 and 202Required for students pursuing teacher licensure in secondary education with an endorsement in social studies.
ECON 200 or 201ECO 201 or 202ECON 201 or 202Required for students pursuing teacher licensure in secondary education with an endorsement in social studies.
GEOG 200 or 280GEO 200, 210, 220, 221 or 222GEO 101 or 103Required for students pursuing teacher licensure in secondary education with an endorsement in social studies.


Advising Notes

Please Read: This major guide is a list of all possible major courses offered in the Virginia Community College System. Not all courses may be offered at your community college, and you are not required to complete all these courses in order to transfer. Rather, it’s designed to help you meet JMU major requirements before you transfer, and be better prepared to progress through the major once you arrive at JMU. Please be sure to read the advising notes for additional information on the major.

1. MATH 220 is the prerequisite for POSC 295, a core requirement.
2. Political Science is a B.A. degree only. The B.A. requires intermediate proficiency in a foreign language and a philosophy course. Please note that JMU does not grant transfer credit for the 101-102 levels of a foreign language that a student studied for two or more years in high school.
3. Students seeking teacher licensure in social studies must also complete the pre-professional secondary education program and the minor in Interdisciplinary Social Science. See links below for more information on teacher education for transfer students.

For more information:

Major Snapshot
Department of Political Science
Secondary Education Program
Interdisciplinary Social Science
Admission to Teacher Education
Advising guides by community college    
Career Guide to JMU Majors: Political Science
JMU Major Guides for Virginia Community College Students