Concentrations: None

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

JMU Course: POSC 225, U.S. Government

  • VCCS equivalents: PLS 130 or PLS 135 or PLS 211
  • RBC equivalents: GOVT 201

JMU Course: POSC 230, International Relations or POSC 240, Comparative Politics

  • VCCS equivalents: PLS 241 or PLS 140
  • RBC equivalents: GOVT 202 or GOVT 203

JMU Course: MATH 220, Elementary Statistics (see advising note #1)

  • VCCS equivalents: MTH 146 or MTH 157 or MTH 240 or MTH 241
  • RBC equivalents: MATH 217

JMU Course: POSC 302, State and Local Government

  • VCCS equivalents: PLS 136
  • RBC equivalents: GOVT 253
  • NOTE: Will count as an elective in the major

JMU Course: POSC 321, Political Theory and Ideology

  • VCCS equivalents: PLS 200
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent
  • NOTE: Will count as an elective in the major

JMU Course: POSC 351, Topics in American Politics

  • VCCS equivalents: PLS 215
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent
  • NOTE: Will count as an elective in the major

JMU Course: POSC 361, Topics in International Relations

  • VCCS equivalents: PLS 250 or 255
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent
  • NOTE: Will count as an elective in the major

JMU Course: POSC 369, Political Parties and Elections

  • VCCS equivalents: PLS 220
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent
  • NOTE: Will count as an elective in the major

JMU Course: POSC 370, U.S. Foreign Policy

  • VCCS equivalents: PLS 242
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent
  • NOTE: Will count as an elective in the major

JMU Course: POSC 380, The U.S. Presidency

  • VCCS equivalents: PLS 225
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent
  • NOTE: Will count as an elective in the major

JMU Course: POSC 385, The U.S. Congress

  • VCCS equivalents: PLS 230
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent
  • NOTE: Will count as an elective in the major

JMU Course: Philosophy course for the B.A. degree

  • VCCS equivalents: PHI 100, 101, 102, 112, 200, 211, 212, 220, 225, 226, 227, 265 or 276
  • RBC equivalents: PHIL 101, 201, 202 or 203
  • NOTE: Not required to transfer; may be taken at JMU. Please Note: PHI 111 and 115 (VCCS) and PHIL 121 (RBC) will transfer but DO NOT count for the B.A. philosophy requirement.

JMU Course: PSYC 160, Life Span Human Development

  • VCCS equivalents: PSY 230 or 231 and 232
  • RBC equivalents: PSY 250
  • NOTE: Required for students pursuing teacher licensure in secondary education with an endorsement in social studies.

JMU Course: EDUC 300, Foundations of American Education

  • VCCS equivalents: EDU 200
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent
  • NOTE: Required for students pursuing teacher licensure in secondary education with an endorsement in social studies. Students must earn a grade of B or better to meet secondary education requirements.

JMU Course: HIST 225, U.S. History

  • VCCS equivalents: HIS 121 and 122
  • RBC equivalents: HIST 201 and 202
  • NOTE: Required for students pursuing teacher licensure in secondary education with an endorsement in social studies.

JMU Course: ECON 200, Introduction to Macroeconomics or ECON 201, Introduction to Microeconomics

  • VCCS equivalents: ECO 201 or 202
  • RBC equivalents: ECON 201 or 202
  • NOTE: Required for students pursuing teacher licensure in secondary education with an endorsement in social studies.

JMU Course: GEOG 200, Geography: The Global Dimension or GEOG 280, Human Geography: The Cultural Landscape

  • VCCS equivalents: GEO 200, 210, 220, 221 or 222
  • RBC equivalents: GEO 101 or 103
  • NOTE: Required 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

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