Course Descriptions of Major Courses





ANTH 197. Archeology. 3 credits.

An introduction to the goals, methods and theory of anthropological archaeology. The course examines the variety of techniques archaeologists use to reconstruct the past from material remains. Archaeological ethics and the impact of the past on contemporary society are also considered.

ART 102. Two-Dimensional Design. 3 credits.

Application and appreciation of the principles and elements of design, with emphasis on line, form, color and texture as applied to two-dimensional space.

ART 104. Drawing. 3 credits.

An introductory course composed of problems in landscape, perspective, figure and still-life in several media.

ART 106. Three Dimensional Design. 3 credits.

A course exploring the basic problems in three-dimensional design.

ATEP 205. Introduction to Athletic Training. 3 credits.

This course provides a broad introduction to the profession of athletic training. Lectures will focus on the domains of athletic training. Emphasis will be placed on basic emergency management as well as injury prevention including environmental issues, strength and conditioning, and selection of equipment. Laboratory will mirror lecture. Prerequisite: ATEP or HS major, coaching minor, or permission of the instructor.

CHEM 132 General Chemistry II. 3 credits

 
A course designed to examine hte mechanisms by which chemists obtain information about reacting systems. Major concepts covered incude: chemical reactivity, chemical equilibrium, electrochemistry, thermodynamics and kinetics. Prerequisites: Grades of "C-" or higher in CHEM 131 and either CHEM 131L or CHEM 135L. Corequisite: CHEM 132L or 136L

CHEM 135L Special General Chemistry Lab. 1 credit.

An enriched laboratory course designed primarily for chemistry majors. Corequisite: CHEM 131

COB 204. Computer Information Systems. 3 credits.

An introduction to computer-based information systems. Emphasis is placed on the role of computers in business and society, computer hardware and software, analysis, design and implementation of information systems, computer ethics, and collaboration using computers. Students will create databases and collaborate using computer-based tools..

DANC 110. Associate Ensemble. 1 credits.

Introduction to group dance experiences through rehearsal, performance, dance technique training and technical theatre practice. Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and concurrent enrollment in a dance technique course.

DANC 171. Performance Production. 3 credits.

An introduction to the methods of the production of scenery, properties, costumes, lighting, sound and performance management for theatre and dance performance. Instruction in the skills required for the operation of associated tools and equipment and instruction in the skills required for the operation of lighting and sound equipment will be taught. Students are required to complete a main stage running crew assignment as a component of this course.

DANC 240. Intermediate Modern. 2 credits.

Intermediate skills in modern dance technique. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: DANC 140 or permission of the instructor.

DANC 242. Intermediate Ballet I. 2 credits.

Intermediate skills in ballet technique. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: DANC 142 or permission of the instructor.

ECON 201. Introduction to Microeconomics. 3 credits.

Topics covered include supply and demand, consumer choice, economics of the firm and industry, production costs, distribution theory, international trade, comparative economic systems, and the philosophy of economics. Not open to students who are enrolled in or who have received credit for ECON 331.

GEOG 210. Physical Geography. 3 credits.

This introductory course is an examination of systems and processes that influence patterns of Earth’s atmosphere, biotic communities, soils and landforms at multiple spatial and temporal scales. Included are classroom and laboratory experiences that are geared toward investigating interrelationships among atmospheric conditions, Earth’s natural surface characteristics and human-induced modifications of Earth’s features.

GEOG 216. Geospatial Tools II - Remote Sensing and GPS. 3 credits.

An introduction to remote sensing, global positioning system (GPS) and computer fundamentals in Geographic Science.  Basic concepts will be illustrated with practical applications, including hands-on work collecting data with GPS units and exploring remote sensing images from a variety of different instruments.  Environmental applications will be featured.

GEOL 167. History and Philosophy of the Geosciences. 3 credits.

As an introductory experience in the Bachelor of Arts in Earth Science, students will be inculcated in the philosophy of geosciences as an interdisciplinary medium for extending classical science viewpoints to complex earth systems. Students will study the geosciences as distinct among sciences, establishing relevance and value of earth science literacy in professional and personal settings.

HM 201. Foundations of Hospitality, Sport and Recreation Management. 3 credits.

An introduction to the basis for the professions that make up the School of Hospitality, Sport and Recreation Management. A focus on these professions in governmental, voluntary, private and commercial settings is incorporated. Finally both the economical significance and the professional preparation for success in the industry is both introduced and practiced. Prerequisite: HM or SRM major or permission of director.

HM 202. Foundations of Leadership in Hospitality, Sport and Recreation Management. 3 credits.

An introduction to leadership in the Hospitality, Sport and Recreation Management (HSRM) industry. The primary focus will be leadership theory, skill application with a focus on personal awareness. Prerequisite: HM or SRM major or permission of director.

HM 203. Foundations of Ethics and Law in Hospitality, Sport and Recreation Management. 3 credits.

An introduction to ethics and law within the Sport, Hospitality and Recreation (HSRM) industry. The ethical portion introduces students to select theories of ethics, ethical issues and an ethical decision making model; and the legal portion introduces students to basic legal terminology and concepts while concentrating on negligence and employment issues. Prerequisite: HM or SRM major or permission of director.

ISAT 101. ISAT Freshman Seminar. 1 credit.

This seminar course will introduce the ISAT curriculum and career options to freshmen students and will describe how various elements of the curriculum and available ISAT elective sequences in each technology sector relate to the goals and objectives of the program. Prerequisite: Freshman standing at JMU.

JUST 200. Introduction to Justice Studies. 3 credits.

This course introduces students to the interdisciplinary field of justice studies, including the development of justice concepts, principles and theories and their application to public issues. This course also provides an overview of the three tracks in the justice studies major: crime and criminology, global justice and social justice. Prerequisites: declaration of justice studies major.

MATH 155. College Algebra. 3 credits.

Polynomial, rational, exponential and logarithmic functions and applications, systems of equations and inequalities, sequences. Prerequisite: Demonstration of proficiency in algebra at an intermediate level. A test is required to determine placement in MATH 155 or MATH 156. Not open to students who have previously earned credit in MATH 135, 156, 205, 231, 232 or 235.

MATH 156. College Algebra. 3 credits.

Covers same topics as MATH 155. MATH 156 will meet five times a week for students requiring more instructional time. Prerequisites: Demonstration of proficiency in algebra at an intermediate level. A test is required to determine placement in MATH 155 or MATH 156. Not open to students who have previously earned credit in MATH 135, 155, 205, 231, 232 or 235.

MATH 236. Calculus II. 3 credits.

Differential and integral calculus of functions of one variable. Sequences and infinite series. Prerequisite for MATH 235: Sufficient score on the Mathematics Placement Exam. Prerequisite for MATH 236: MATH 232 or MATH 235 with grade of “C-” or better.

MATH 237. Calculus III. 3 credits.

Vectors. Multivariate calculus. Prerequisite: MATH 236 with grade of “C-” or better.

Music Classes.

Please see the music class options at http://www.jmu.edu/catalog/14/courses/MUS.shtml

PHIL 250 Introduction to Symbolic Language. 3 credits. 

An introduction to the languages and techniques of propositional logic and first-order quantification theory.

PHYS 105. Foundations of Physics. 1 credit.

An introduction to the study of physics and the physics department. Presentations are given by faculty and students to acquaint the students with current research opportunities in the department and the application of physics to broad spectrum of topics.

POSC 201. Introduction to Western Political Theory. 3 credits.

A general survey of Western political theory from Plato to Marx, order and freedom.

POSC 230. International Relations. 3 credits

A survey of the field of international relations including consideration of the elements of national power, foreign policy, diplomacy, propaganda, foreign aid, war, international law and international organization.

POSC 240. Comparative Politics. 3 credits.

A comparative study of selected political systems. Emphasis is on the structure of government, the political process and the conditions which either promote or constrain political change and stability.

SMAD 101. Introduction to Media Arts and Design. 3 credits.

Study of the historical evolution of today’s media industries and career paths. Emphasis on contemporary issues affecting those industries and careers. Consideration given to emerging media, their required skills and social impacts. Prerequisite: Formal declaration for admission to the SMAD major.

SRM 201. Foundations of Hospitality, Sport and Recreation Management. 3 credits.

An introduction to the basis for the professions that make up the School of Hospitality, Sport and Recreation Management. A focus on these professions in governmental, voluntary, private and commercial settings is incorporated. Finally both the economical significance and the professional preparation for success in the industry is both introduced and practiced. Prerequisite: HM or SRM major or permission of director.

SRM 202. Foundations of Leadership in Hospitality, Sport and Recreation Management. 3 credits.

An introduction to the basis for the professions that make up the School of Hospitality, Sport and Recreation Management. A focus on these professions in governmental, voluntary, private and commercial settings is incorporated. Finally both the economical significance and the professional preparation for success in the industry is both introduced and practiced. Prerequisite: HM or SRM major or permission of director.

SRM 203. Foundations of Ethics and Law in Hospitality, Sport and Recreation Management. 3 credits.

An introduction to ethics and law within the Sport, Hospitality and Recreation (HSRM) industry. The ethical portion introduces students to select theories of ethics, ethical issues and an ethical decision making model; and the legal portion introduces students to basic legal terminology and concepts while concentrating on negligence and employment issues. Prerequisite: HM or SRM major or permission of director.

THEA/DANC 100. Colloquium for Theatre and Dance. 0 credits.

Weekly department colloquium; work in progress presented, viewed and discussed by student body, faculty, and guests. Professionals in the field frequently hold master classes. All majors in the School of Theatre and Dance are required to enroll in and pass six semesters in order to meet program graduation requirements. Prerequisite: Admission to the School of Theatre and Dance.

THEA 211. Performance Analysis. 3 credits.

Plays are examined as texts for performance. Theories of performance and methods for the analysis of performances in and out of the theatre are studied.

THEA 251. Acting I: Basic Acting. 3 credits.

A study of basic acting as a performance experience. Emphasis on fundamentals of performance including concentration, transitions, interaction and the structuring of action.
UNST 201. Orientation to Career and Academic Planning - All Students. 1 credit. A short orientation course designed to prepare students for transition into higher learning education programs. Specific content includes accessing career resources, career decision-making skills, self-awareness and life planning.

THEA 271. Technical Theatre. 3 credits.

Study of the technical aspects of stage production. Emphasis upon practical experience in the use of stage and shop facilities. Consideration of the physical theatre and stage, construction, painting and rigging of scenery as applied to theatrical production.

WRTC 100. Reading and Writing Workshop. 3 credits.

An introduction to writing process and structure in a workshop setting. This is an elective course for students who want to select an introductory-level college writing course before taking WRTC 103.

WRTC 200. Introduction to Studies in Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication. 3 credits.

Initial core course and portal of entry into the School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication. Students will read and discuss foundational articles, undertake course projects and explore the roles that writers, rhetoricians and technical communicators are called upon to fill in their internships and jobs. Prerequisite: GWRTC 103 or equivalent.