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In the B.A. Political Science program at Jackson State University, students will: develop a substantive body of knowledge about the history and evolution of the discipline, including its various approaches and methodologies; acquire the capacity to gather and analyze primary and secondary data on domestic or international politics and to critique existing studies; develop creative research designs that lead to the defense of a senior thesis; participate in service learning or internship activities that permit access to early job placement and an appreciation for the practice of citizenship; improve the ability to organize ideas and present them orally and in writing; and, improve critical thinking and reading ability. In the M.A. Political Science program at Jackson State University, students will: examine and critique the operation of government institutions and political participation; learn to use the varied primary texts, tools, technologies, and methods of the political scientist; increase understanding of divergent views and unpopular beliefs, gaining competence in constructive criticism of political and social problems; improve their ability to organize ideas and present them orally and in writing; participate in taking political action toward achieving their political ideas; and by doing so, develop their own personal political philosophy.
BA Program The Department of Political Science offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science with three concentrations: American Politics, International Studies, and Legal Studies. Embedded in the coursework are the theories, approaches, and methodologies undergirding the study of politics. The program prepares students for employment as well as the pursuit of professional degrees in the social sciences. Our urban location in the capital city allows us to utilize a rich laboratory for applied research, as well as observation of and participation in politics. MA Program Working in partnership, students and faculty in Jackson State University’s MA program in Political Science enter the public square and observe, debate, and analyze the appropriate and effective uses of power in a democratic society and in the larger global community. The graduate program serves the public interest by preparing leaders for service in institutions of public life and contributes to the development and understanding of the discipline of political science. 1400 John R. Lynch St. | P.O. Box 18420 | Jackson, MS 39217 601.979.2822 | www.jsums.edu/polisci
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Researching Politics Our dual emphasis on both the study and practice of politics means that we provide plenty of opportunities for students to engage in politics. All students, BA and MA, take a research methods sequence in which they conduct and present original research. Students have numerous opportunities to work with faculty on research projects. Summer programs allow students to study at law schools, travel and study abroad, or participate in an intensive research project at another institution. Our partnerships provide students with global opportunities for experience. Graduates of political science are able to be both producers and educated consumers of researchâ€”skills essential in the 21st century job market.
Located in the capital city, the Department of Political Science is perfectly situated to prepare students for employment, as well as, for the pursuit of professional degrees in the social sciences. Our urban location allows us access to a rich laboratory for research, including observation of and participation in politics. We offer a B.A. degree with three concentrations: Legal Studies, American Politics, and International Studies. We also offer a M.A. degree with both a thesis (for students considering doctoral studies) and a non-thesis track, which requires an internship (for students wishing to engage in the practice of politics).
Practicing Politics Similarly, internships in the state house, city government, law firms, Washington, D.C., non-profits, and campaigns mean our students graduate with the practical experience desired by contemporary employers. Our professors expose students to contemporary scholarship and conduct participatory classrooms. Because they are active scholars and practitioners in their own fields, our professors also model the intersection of the theory and practice of politics in their own work. Students apply what they learn in their courses through simulations, student government, service learning, classroom projects, and community engagement. Our graduates are prepared to compete in law school, graduate school, and on the job market. Please contact the department for additional information or to schedule a classroom visit.