The Political Science Department seeks to improve the quality of public policy and civic life in the United States and abroad by teaching students to think analytically and critically, conducting meaningful research, and collaborating with people in and beyond our JMU and local communities.  We are committed to an inclusive learning and working environment that celebrates diversity. We affirm the lives and experiences of historically excluded people and aim to cultivate a welcoming and participatory departmental culture where all can flourish.

Alumni Stories

Our alumni reflect on the value of their experiences in our department as they prepared for their careers in public service:

Kirk Cox, former Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates
Class of 1979, political science major

Jamie Jones Miller, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense
Class of 1999, international affairs major

Levar Stoney, Mayor of Richmond, Virginia
Class of 2004, public administration & political science double major

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