Political Science at Northern Virginia Community College - Alexandria Campus

Political Science Information

Jack's Office Hours

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Spring 2016


Office Hours: 12:30pm-4:30pm, BY APPOINTMENT.


Office Hours: 12:40pm-3:10pm, WALK IN.


Office Hours: 4:00pm-6:00pm, WALK IN.


Office Hours: 12:40pm-4:10pm, WALK IN.

- I may be available beyond those times by appointment.  

- Students are always allowed to drop in during the above stated hours.  However, I HIGHLY recommend that you email me prior to stopping by to make sure I am free - I may have scheduled an appointment with someone else.  For advisement, appointments are mandatory.

- To make an appointment, please email Dr. Lechelt at jlechelt@nvcc.edu.

My office located in Bisdorf Building (AA), room AA-427, which is the office for the Division of Social and Professional Sciences (SPS).

NOTE: No appointments during the last week of classes or during final exam week, and limited availability the week before the last week of classes.  

Political Science Course Information

All the POLITICAL SCIENCE (PLS) courses offered at NOVA: Click here (or scroll down to the bottom of this page).
Schedule of Classes to see what is offered during any particular semester: Click here. (Narrow the search by selecting PLS in the "Subject Area" and by selecting "Alexandria" in the "Campus/Center" field.)  

All classes will have lots of discussion on the core components of the course, the assigned books, and current events.  

No major exams or major papers: we’re reading, talking, taking short quizzes, and writing short papers.

For more information, please contact Jack Lechelt at jlechelt@nvcc.edu.

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Great way to keep up with the goings on at NOVA-AL.

My webpage: https://sites.google.com/site/jlechelt/

Political Science Announcements and Events

A few places to check for important dates and upcoming events:

Model United Nations

The NOVA Model United Nations Delegation is looking for students to attend the upcoming &MUN IV Conference at the College of William & Mary, from April 14-17, 2016 on behalf of NOVA. 

Model United Nations is an extra-curricular simulation of the United Nations where students role-play delegates or ambassadors from different countries, using those new perspectives, to propose solutions to real world issues. Student “delegates make speeches, negotiate with allies and adversaries, and resolve conflicts over the course of a few days at conferences held both nationally and internationally. You can read more information by clicking on the following links: http://bestdelegate.com/what-is-model-united-nations/ or http://www.unausa.org/global-classrooms-model-un/how-to-participate/getting-started/frequently-asked-questions#what_is

The NOVA MUN Delegation is a college-wide organization. Its mission is to present NOVA students with opportunities to learn about the functions and practices of the United Nations, discuss critical international issues that effect the world, and build and strengthen students’ critical thinking, research, communication, and leadership skills.

If you are interested in learning more about the NOVA Model United Nations Delegation or attending this conference, please stop by our general interest meeting this Friday, February 26th, 2016 from 3:30pm-5:30pm at the Alexandria Campus in room AA158

If you know of a student or a group of students who may be interested in this opportunity, please feel free to share this e-mail. 

Finally, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.


Linda Campos


Northern Virginia Community College

NOVA Institute for Public Service

5000 Dawes Avenue, Room 252

Alexandria, VA 22311

(703) 933-8099



Constitution Day is September 17, 2015

We’re celebrating with a few events that week

Citizenship: Think Globally, Act Locally

Kickoff Program

September 14, 2015


Room AA 196

Citizenship Under Siege: Wong Kim Ark’s Lesson for Donald Trump

Robert Koulish, Ph.D.

Director, MLaw Programs

Joel J. Feller Research Professor

Government and Politics

University of Maryland

September 15, 2015


Room AA196

Up for Debate: Banning Assault Rifles

Dr. Nathan Carter and the NOVA Forensic Team

September 16, 2015


Room AA196

Confederate Flags, Redskin tags, and Choosing Life: Vanity Plates in Free Speech

Dr. Jim McClellan, Professor Nick Gaffney, Professor Kelly Hebron and Dr. Jack Lechelt

September 17, 2015


Room TBA


Contact Jack Lechelt at jlechelt@nvcc.edu if you want to have an event posted here.      

Political Science Specialization under the Social Sciences AS Degree:
On Thursday, January 28, 2010, the NOVA Curriculum Committee approved of a new Political Science Specialization under the Social Sciences AS Degree. This will provide students who are interested in political science with a framework to prepare for transferring to four year universities. 
Here is the official NOVA College Catalog description of the Political Science Specialization.

The plan code is 8824. 

Bookstore Information

Click here for NOVA-Alexandria Bookstore Website.
(The website allows students to find out what books are assigned for each course.)
Alexandria Campus Bookstore Hours:

Monday - Tuesday: 9:00 am to 7:30 pm
Wednesday - Thursday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: ClOSED

Some tips for saving money on textbooks.


Links to other Politics and Political Science Webpages

Jack's Education

Ph.D: University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC)

Political Science courses offered at NOVA

Political Information

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