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All students must declare a major by the beginning of their sophomore year.  Transfer students who enter JMU with 30 or more credit hours must declare a major upon acceptance to the university. 


A minor is a program of study requiring completion of 18 to 24 credit hours of coursework.  The university offers a wide array of minor programs that allow students to augment their academic majors with another area of focused study. Students complete minors for a variety of reasons: strong interest in the subject, enjoyment of the discipline, and/or to develop specific skills and knowledge.