Jacksonville State Political Science and Public Administration Department

Jacksonville State Political Science and Public Administration Department page for the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Jacksonville State University. Visit us at http://www.jsu.edu/polsci/

Our department is included in the College of Arts and Sciences. We have eight full-time professors and three adjunct faculty that teach a variety of political science and public administration courses. At this time, we have 100 undergraduate majors and over 200 graduate students. We offer a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Political Science and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree. The BA has several focus areas: Pre-Law, Theory and Methodology, American Government, and Global Studies. A Minor in International Studies is also offered from our department. The MPA currently has eight concentrations: Athletic, Business, Criminal Justice, Education, Emergency Management, Environmental Science, Political Science and Spatial Analysis. We are currently working on adding a concentration for Community & Economic Development. We are also close to attaining national accreditation from NASPAA for our MPA program.

The JSU Republicans are hosting Republican Senate Candidate Tommy Tuberville tonight at 7 pm in Brewer Hall Room 229. Al...
01/08/2020

The JSU Republicans are hosting Republican Senate Candidate Tommy Tuberville tonight at 7 pm in Brewer Hall Room 229. All those interested in learning more about his campaign and platform are welcome to join.

We hope you are getting plenty of rest during your break! For those thinking ahead, the Acton Institute is looking for a...
12/19/2019
Acton Emerging Leaders Program

We hope you are getting plenty of rest during your break!

For those thinking ahead, the Acton Institute is looking for applicants for its summer Emerging Leaders Program.

More information is located at:
https://acton.org/internship?utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=80387632&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_zRlZqJNNVYiJnqoGv66l7Chf7BIKk8Utp2pYVgDyRn_cT6dfzP3cLuBewBXulQbT0i6p26qruFv0QQF6gqqiJXCPOCA&_hsmi=80387632

If you are interested in the program, please contact Dr. Ben Gross at [email protected].

For over twenty five years, the Acton Institute has been integrating the ideas of religion and liberty, free markets and sound economics.

Celebrating those that graduate from JSU with their Bachelor of Arts in Political Science! (Note: Some students were una...
12/14/2019

Celebrating those that graduate from JSU with their Bachelor of Arts in Political Science! (Note: Some students were unable to attend but still received their degree).

Celebrating those that graduate from JSU with their Bachelor of Arts in Political Science! (Note: Some students were unable to attend but still received their degree).

12/02/2019

Today's event with Mr. Allen DuBose has been postponed due to a family emergency.

Today's event has been postponed due to a family emergency. We will reschedule the event for a future time.
12/02/2019

Today's event has been postponed due to a family emergency. We will reschedule the event for a future time.

Happy Thanksgiving to all our students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends! While celebrating this holiday, if you're l...
11/28/2019

Happy Thanksgiving to all our students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends!

While celebrating this holiday, if you're looking for a break from food, football, or family, may we suggest reading the first Thanksgiving Proclamation.

Issued by George Washington in 1789, the proclamation was supported by the Federalist and opposed by the anti-Federalist. Some president's after Washington continued to issue proclamations; while others - like Jefferson - refused so. President Lincoln made the push for the federal proclamation to become a national holiday. In 1870, Thanksgiving became one of the four first federal holidays.

We hope you enjoy reading the first Thanksgiving Proclamation and that it brings you new insight into this American holiday.

https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/05-04-02-0091

Today: fans of Narcos (Netflix) can meet the real life DEA agents behind the show!
11/18/2019
Jacksonville State Political Science and Public Administration Department

Today: fans of Narcos (Netflix) can meet the real life DEA agents behind the show!

Our friends in the JSU Department of Criminal Justice and Forensic Investigation are hosting the retired Drug Enforcement Administration - DEA agents that inspired Netflix's Narcos.

The event is free and open to faculty, staff, and students. It is on Monday, November 18th from 1 to 4 pm in the Leone Cole Auditorium. We look forward to seeing our students at this exciting opportunity!

For more information, please visit: http://www.jsu.edu/news/articles/2019/11/agents-behind-netflixs-narcos-coming-to-campus.html?fbclid=IwAR3iun18v5ElbxC5QtJGPiQd1h6sABKtpyiKOgZQw0c__Z8rohsaGpHfePs

11/15/2019

Our wonderful students in PSC 232 (Introduction to International Relations) analyzed a case study concerning al-Qaeda today. Through working together, they have a better understanding of how the terrorist group used its organizational structure to achieve its radical and extreme goals. We hope they will use this knowledge going forward to improve our world.

Our friends in the JSU Department of Criminal Justice and Forensic Investigation are hosting the retired Drug Enforcemen...
11/15/2019
JSU | JSU News | Agents Behind Netflix’s “Narcos” Coming to Campus

Our friends in the JSU Department of Criminal Justice and Forensic Investigation are hosting the retired Drug Enforcement Administration - DEA agents that inspired Netflix's Narcos.

The event is free and open to faculty, staff, and students. It is on Monday, November 18th from 1 to 4 pm in the Leone Cole Auditorium. We look forward to seeing our students at this exciting opportunity!

For more information, please visit: http://www.jsu.edu/news/articles/2019/11/agents-behind-netflixs-narcos-coming-to-campus.html?fbclid=IwAR3iun18v5ElbxC5QtJGPiQd1h6sABKtpyiKOgZQw0c__Z8rohsaGpHfePs

The men who inspired the hit Netflix series “Narcos” are coming to JSU’s campus. Steve Murphy and Javier Pena – retired special agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) – will speak on Nov. 18, 1-4 p.m., in Leone Cole Auditorium. The event is free and open to faculty, staff and ...

Thank you to all our current and former students and faculty that have served their country!
11/11/2019

Thank you to all our current and former students and faculty that have served their country!

Are you interested in law school at the University of Alabama or in general? Don't miss this opportunity to learn more a...
11/01/2019

Are you interested in law school at the University of Alabama or in general? Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about the application process and law school in general!

Are you interested in Cumberland Law School or law school generally? Don’t miss this event after fall break!
10/07/2019

Are you interested in Cumberland Law School or law school generally? Don’t miss this event after fall break!

The student organizations, advised by the department, are outside of Brewer Hall at Jacksonville State University today....
09/30/2019

The student organizations, advised by the department, are outside of Brewer Hall at Jacksonville State University today. Come visit and say hi!

The Rho Chi chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society is hosting a presentation tonight on...
09/26/2019

The Rho Chi chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society is hosting a presentation tonight on the question: "Should an Undergraduate Education Include Nietzsche?" Dr. Ben Gross will respond to the question and welcome conversation on the question. For details, please see the attached flyer. All are welcome to attend this event!

A reminder to all our students, Dr. Paul Hathaway and the JSU College Democrats are hosting an interest meeting tonight.
09/23/2019

A reminder to all our students, Dr. Paul Hathaway and the JSU College Democrats are hosting an interest meeting tonight.

The Tocqueville Society enjoyed a beautiful day at Struts, and the opportunity to examine ideas about what is the Americ...
09/20/2019

The Tocqueville Society enjoyed a beautiful day at Struts, and the opportunity to examine ideas about what is the American dream. Today, they discussed ideas from the founding generation (e.g., Patrick Henry, the Federal Farmer, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson).

If current students are interested in joining the conversation, please e-mail Dr. Ben Gross at [email protected]. He is happy to provide you with more information about the organization and its future meetings.

Looking for an upper-level political summer course this summer? Dr. Hathaway is teaching PSC 482 - Grantwriting.This cla...
05/06/2019

Looking for an upper-level political summer course this summer? Dr. Hathaway is teaching PSC 482 - Grantwriting.

This class is a useful tool for all Jacksonville State University students, as you will compose an actual grant!

For more information, e-mail Dr. Hathaway at [email protected].

Congratulations to our new graduates! We are so proud of you!!!
05/03/2019

Congratulations to our new graduates! We are so proud of you!!!

Looking for an upper-level political summer course this summer? Dr. Gross is teaching PSC 452 - Modern Political Theory....
05/02/2019

Looking for an upper-level political summer course this summer? Dr. Gross is teaching PSC 452 - Modern Political Theory.

While cosplay is not an assessment, some have found the course as a source for future Halloween costumes!

For more information, e-mail Dr. Gross at [email protected].

We had a wonderful week sharing the accomplishments of our students with you! But there's one thing; we wish more people...
04/29/2019

We had a wonderful week sharing the accomplishments of our students with you! But there's one thing; we wish more people would have seen these accomplishments.

We're asking for your help! Please invite current students, alumni, and friends of the department to "Like" Jacksonville State Political Science and Public Administration Department. Help us in our push to get up to 200 "Likes"

We continue to celebrate the accomplishment of our students from the 2018-19 academic year, with this last post.The Rho ...
04/28/2019

We continue to celebrate the accomplishment of our students from the 2018-19 academic year, with this last post.

The Rho Chi chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, initiated 11 new members into its chapter this spring. Nine members were able to attend their initiation ceremony (pictured). From left to right, in the photo: Taylor Durham, Hillary McKinney, John Todd, Richard Miller Clayton, Advisor Dr. Ben Gross, Paige Harles, Corin Manning, Garrett Harrelson, Colby Cain, and Nicholas Pennington (not pictured: Tanner Love and Eric Wright). President Abbie Patterson planned an engaging ceremony that featured Judge Alice Martin as the keynote speaker to the new initiates.

These are some of the best students at Jacksonville State University, as the requirements to join include:

* An overall GPA of 3.15 or higher;
* A GPA of 3.00 or higher in all political science coursework;
* Be of junior, senior, or graduate student standing.

The chapter met on Friday, April 19th to elect its officers for the 2019-20 year. The new executive board is already hard at work.

Congratulations to our new members of Pi Sigma Alpha!

The last final may be over, but we still have more good news to share with you from this year.Advised by Dr. Lori Owens,...
04/26/2019

The last final may be over, but we still have more good news to share with you from this year.

Advised by Dr. Lori Owens, the Jacksonville State University Model Arab League had an award winning performance at the Southeast Regional Model. Jake Duncan and Ethan Howard (pictured) won "Superior Delegation for Defense Council" and Keely Smith and Rachel Wallace (pictured) won "Distinguished Delegation for Social Affairs Council." Both groups took on the role of Algeria at the event, which took place March 15-17, 2019 in Spartanburg, SC.

The entire JSU delegation was comprised of eight students. These students include (front row - left to right) Keely Smith, Rachel Wallace, Bailey Stephens, Feidan Wag, and Lama Alreesh; (back row - left to right) Yousef Alaseel, Jake Duncan, and Ethan Howard.

Congratulations to our students in the Model Arab League, the award winners, and Dr. Owens!

As the semester comes to a close, we continue to recognize the accomplishments of our students from this year.Junior pol...
04/25/2019

As the semester comes to a close, we continue to recognize the accomplishments of our students from this year.

Junior political science majors Baylee Meadows (pictured) and Tanner Love accepted invitations to and attended the first ever Compass - An Undergraduate Journal of American Political Ideas Conference.

Held at Arizona State University, the conference examined the intellectual roots of America. Students from around the nation engaged with each other, as participants came from the University of Notre Dame, Yale University, Baylor University, Boston University, The University of Texas at Austin, Jacksonville State University, and more.

The conference included presentations from undergraduates concerning political economy, electoral democracy, the roots of liberalism, and the challenges of liberalism in America. It also hosted a workshop on publishing led Alexandra DeSanctis of the National Review and a keynote speech concerning the Declaration of Independence by Randy Barnett of Georgetown University.

Congratulations Baylee and Tanner on your outstanding accomplishment!

We continue to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of our students from this year.Freshman political science major...
04/24/2019

We continue to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of our students from this year.

Freshman political science major Guadalupe Orozco has been accepted for the University of Alabama's Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) program. This is an exclusive honor, as PLUS takes only 30 students for its four-week summer program.

Guadalupe's courses will combine lectures, guest speakers, and visits to law offices and courts. He will also network with practicing lawyers, judicial representatives, and law school admissions counselors, which will assist his education when we returns to Jacksonville State University. Furthermore, he will receive a $1,000 stipend and be provided with housing during the program.

Congratulations to Guadalupe on his wonderful accomplishment!

We continue to recognize the great accomplishments of our students from this academic year.The JSU Republicans and JSU C...
04/22/2019

We continue to recognize the great accomplishments of our students from this academic year.

The JSU Republicans and JSU College Democrats hosted their 2nd annual Bipartisan Ball. The event took place on April 19th, 2019 at the Pitman Theater in Gadsden.

Guest speakers included Alabama House of Representatives majority leader Nathaniel Ledbetter (R) and minority leader Anthony Daniels (D) [both pictured]. In addition, Dr. Timothy Barnett, Department Head of the Political Science and Public Administration Department at Jacksonville State University, shared insight into the topic of bipartisanship.

The event included a three course meal, jazz music performed by students from the David L. Walters Department of Music, dancing, and more.

Congratulations to both student organizations and their members for proposing, planning, and hosting a wonderful event! It truly is a model that all in the state, and even the country, can learn from.

It has been a busy year for our students. As the academic year is about to come to an end, we want to share some of our ...
04/21/2019

It has been a busy year for our students. As the academic year is about to come to an end, we want to share some of our students' accomplishments during this week.

Junior John Todd was recognized with the Newman Civic Fellowship (https://compact.org/newman-civic-fellowship/). His potential for public leadership, given his experiences working with refugees through non-governmental organizations, embraces the fellowship's goal of finding change makers and public problem-solvers. With the support of Associate Professor Paul Hathaway and others, John will now engage in a yearlong program that includes a national conference.

Congratulations to John, Dr. Hathaway, the department, and Jacksonville State University as a whole on this major accomplishment!

At the April 2019 quarterly Board of Trustees’ meeting Jacksonville State University President Dr. John Beehler recognized Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellow John Todd, JSU junior majoring in Political Science. John (center) is pictured here with his Newman Civic Fellow Mentor Dr. Paul Hathaway (left) and Community Engagement Director Andy Green (right).

To learn more about John and the Newman Civic Fellowship visit
http://www.jsu.edu/news/articles/2019/03/student-john-todd-named-a-newman-civic-fellow.html

Congratulations to all our summer and fall 2018 graduates!A special commendation to our graduates from within the depart...
12/13/2018

Congratulations to all our summer and fall 2018 graduates!

A special commendation to our graduates from within the department. We are extremely proud of your accomplishment. We know you will use your experiences and education from Jacksonville State University to help make the world a better place.

Bachelor of Arts:
* Alyssa Louis (pictured)
* Hunter Limbaugh

Master of Public Administration:
* Carlos Acosta
* Kimberly Dalesandro
* Kaitlin Doherty
* Jason Hardin
* Kimberly Hudgins
* Iko-Ojo Iyaji
* Kacey Jacobs
*Joshua Jones
* Jacki-Lyn Lowry
* Stephen McGlathery
* Angel Preston
* Umair Sarwar
* Denisha Smith
* Angela Tancik
* James Thomas
* Antrena Twyman
* Crystal Brown
* Camesha Curry
* Maya Jemison
* Tyrel Jernigan
* Jimmeka Leverette
* Christopher Moon

#Graduation #JSU #GoGamecocks

Perhaps the last final on the campus of Jacksonville State University. After presenting their final projects last week, ...
12/07/2018

Perhaps the last final on the campus of Jacksonville State University. After presenting their final projects last week, students from PSC 105 - “Politics, the News, and You” and the Tocqueville Society are gathering together to explore the themes of media, freedom of speech, and democracy in Fahrenheit 451. #PoliticalScience #AmericanLiterature #UnitedKingdomMovie #Democracy

Hurricane season is coming to an end. Have you wonder how governments respond to disasters like Hurricane Michael?Our ow...
11/09/2018

Hurricane season is coming to an end. Have you wonder how governments respond to disasters like Hurricane Michael?

Our own Dr. William Lester recently published a book examining transformational leadership, federalism, and disaster response. The book investigates responses to Hurricanes Sandy, Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

For those curious, visit https://www.routledge.com/Transforming-Disaster-Response-Federalism-and-Leadership/Lester/p/book/9781420094640. The publisher is letting the public preview Dr. Lester's work for free!

Jacksonville State University Jacksonville State University Emergency Management
#PoliticalScience #PublicAdministration #EmergencyManagment #Hurricanes

11/06/2018

Students in PSC 451, American Political Thought, working together to determine what makes one a citizen. We examined the Lincoln-Douglas Debates, as well as the Dred Scott decision and the 14th Amendment to gain insight into this persistent question of American democracy.

Jacksonville State University #ElectionDay #Citizenship #PoliticalScience #PoliticalThought

10/17/2011

Congressman Mike Rogers will be on campus talking about current issues on Friday, Oct. 28, at 10 a.m. in room 101 Merrill (the auditorium).

09/20/2011

We had a full house for Constitution Day. Thanks to everyone who participated.

09/16/2011

Everyone is invited to join us Monday (9/19) at 10 a.m. on the 11th floor of the library for Constitution Day. This year's speaker is Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange. We're hoping for a big turnout. Free admission.

09/08/2011

Last second heads-up: Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honor society, is holding its first meeting this afternoon at 4:15 in Brewer 228. Those who have not been inducted yet can still attend and participate.

08/31/2011

The JSU Pre-Law Society will hold its first meeting of the year Thursday, Sept. 1, at 5 p.m. in 228 Brewer Hall. Students do not have to be pre-law majors to join.

08/30/2011

Welcome back students! We're looking forward to another great year.

04/07/2011

Congratulations to this year's Pi Sigma Alpha inductees who were honored in a Monday night ceremony at Houston Cole Library.

03/30/2011

The Alabama Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the 11th floor of the Houston Cole Library Thursday beginning at 9 a.m. The case involves whether or not the Montgomery County Board of Education violated Alabama's Open Meetings (Sunshine) Law. Everyone is invited to attend. Thanks to Dr. Owens and Judge Monk for bringing this event to JSU.

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