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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 211Government 201
POSC 230PLS 241Government 202
POSC 240PLS 140Government 203
MATH 220 (see advising notes)MTH 146 or MTH 157 or MTH 240 or MTH 241Mathematics 217
POSC 302PLS 136Government 253Will count as elective in the major
POSC 370PLS 242No equivalentWill count as elective in the major
PSYC 160PSY 230 or 231 and 232Psychology 250Required for students pursuing teacher licensure.
EDUC 300EDU 200No equivalentRequired for students pursuing teacher licensure.

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