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General Education: JMU's Core Curriculum

General Education: The Human Community is JMU's core curriculum that all students complete. The curriculum includes those courses that represent the best of a strong liberal arts education and help students develop competencies in writing, communication, critical thinking, and analytical and quantitative reasoning. It provides a multidisciplinary approach to study in the arts, humanities, social sciences and health and wellness. 

General Education is the foundation from which students expand their knowledge and skills with more focused and in-depth study in the major. For this reason, the majority of the courses students will take their first two years at JMU are General Education courses along with a few major courses. All students complete 41 credit hours to fulfill General Education requirements.  

General Education information in this section of the academic advising website is designed to provide students with a brief overview of requirements. Students should also check the General Education website for more information.