Concentrations: Public Policy, Public Management. See course notes for recommendations by concentration

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
  • NOTE: For both concentrations

JMU Course: PPA 265, Public Administration

  • VCCS equivalents: PBS 100
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent
  • NOTE: For both concentrations

JMU Course: ECON 200, Introduction to Macroeconomics

  • VCCS equivalents: ECO 201
  • RBC equivalents: ECON 201
  • NOTE: For both concentrations

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
  • NOTE: For both concentrations

JMU Course: POSC 302, State and Local Government

  • VCCS equivalents: PLS 136
  • RBC equivalents: GOVT 299
  • NOTE: An option for both concentrations

JMU Course: COB 241, Financial Accounting

  • VCCS equivalents: ACC 211
  • RBC equivalents: BUS 201
  • NOTE: An option for Public Management

JMU Course: PPA 381, Budgetary Process

  • VCCS equivalents: PBS 116
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent
  • NOTE: An option for Public Management

JMU Course: PPA 412, Seminar in Intergovernmental Relations

  • VCCS equivalents: PBS 240
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent
  • NOTE: An option for Public Management

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 PPA 295, a core requirement.
2. The Public Management concentration requires at least one business course. Differential tuition for the College of Business took effect Fall 2014. Students will be charged an additional $50 per credit for all COB courses (with the exception of ECON 200). Click here for more information.

For more information:

Major Snapshot
Department of Political Science/Public Policy and Administration   
Career Guide to JMU Majors: Publick Policy and Administration   
Advising guides by community college

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