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Africana Studies

Dr. Jennifer Coffman
Phone: 540-568-3376

http://www.jmu.edu/africana

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American Studies Dr. Laura Henigman
English

Keezell, Room 206
568-3752
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Anthropology

Dr. Liam Buckley
Sheldon Hall, Room 117
540-568-5361

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Arabic

Dr. Giuliana Fazzion
Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Keezell, Room 301
540-568-6128

 

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Art

Dr. William Wightman
School of Art, Design & Art History
Montpelier Hall, Room 375
540-568-6661

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Art History

Dr. William Wightman
School of Art, Design & Art History
Montpelier Hall, Room 375
540-568-6661

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Asian Studies

Dr. Johnathan Walker
Integrated Science & Technology
Maury Hall, Room 208
540-568-1742

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Astronomy

Dr. Steven Whisnant
Physics
Physics/Chemistry, Room 2186
540-568-6109

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Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Dr. Jonathan Monroe
Biology
BIOS 3028 B
540-568-6649
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Dr. Gina MacDonald
Chemistry
Miller, Room G47
540-568-6852

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Biology

Janet Daniel
Biology
BIOS 2028C
568-2322

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British Media and Communications

Dr. Renee Staton
540-568-7867

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Business Analytics

Dr. Michel Mitri
Computer Information Systems 
Showker, Room 309
540-568-3019

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Business French

Dr. Giuliana Fazzion
Foreign Language
Keezell Hall, Room 301
540-568-6128

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Business German

Dr. Giuliana Fazzion
Foreign Language
Keezell Hall, Room 301
540-568-6128

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Business Italian

Dr. Giuliana Fazzion
Foreign Language
Keezell Hall, Room 301
540-568-6128

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Business Spanish

Andrea Naranjo
540-568-6327

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Chemistry

Dr. Donna S. Amenta
540-568-7384

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Chinese

Dr. Giuliana Fazzion
Phone: 540-568-6068

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Chinese Business Studies

Dr. Giuliana Fazzion
Foreign Language
Keezell, Room 301
540-568-6128

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Christian Studies

Dr. Charles R. Bolyard
Phone: 540-568-6394

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Chronic Illness

Christina Lam, M.S.N., R.N.
540-568-7616

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Classical Studies

Dr. Stephen Chappell
540-568-4708

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Coaching Education

Dr. Chris Womack
540-568-6145

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Dr. Cynthia O'Donoghue
540-568-6440

 

The minor requires any 18 credit hours with a CSD prefix.  Some courses carry pre-requisites; please refer to the Undergraduate Catalog.

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Communication Studies

Dr. Sharon R. Mazzarella
540-568-5633

 

Apply to the Communication Studies department; admission to the minor requires a 2.7 GPA in SCOM 240 & 245 and a cumulative GPA of 2.7. Students are admitted on space available basis.

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Computer Information Systems

Dr. Michel Mitri
Computer Information Systems 
Showker, Room 309
540-568-3019

Designed for Non-CIS majors

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Computer Science

Dr. Michael Kirkpatrick
540-568-3371

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Conflict Analysis & Prevention

Dr. Sharon R. Mazzarella
540-568-5633

 

Apply to the Communication Studies department; admission to the minor requires a 2.7 GPA in SCOM 240 & 245 and a cumulative GPA of 2.7. Students are admitted on a space available basis.

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Creative Writing

Ms. Laurie Kutchins
540-568-3756

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Criminal Justice

Dr. Peggy Plass
540-568-7151

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Cultural Communication

Dr. Sharon R. Mazzarella
540-568-5633

 

Apply to the Communication Studies department; admission to the minor requires a 2.7 GPA in SCOM 240 & 245 and a cumulative GPA of 2.7. Students are admitted on a space available basis.

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Dance

Suzanne Miller-Corso
540-568-3924

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Economics

Dr. Ehsan Ahmed
540-568-3215

 

An 18-credit hour minor open to any student.

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Educational Media

Dr. Rich Ingram
540-568-6965

An 18-credit hour minor open to any student.

http://www.jmu.edu/coe/ltle/academic-programs/educationalmedia-minor.shtml

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English

Dr. Mark Parker
540-568-6170

 

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Environmental Information Systems

Dr. Steven P. Frysinger
540-568-2710

 

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Environmental Management

Dr. Steven P. Frysinger
540-568-2710

http://www.jmu.edu/environmentalmgt/

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Environmental Science

Dr. Bruce Wiggins
540-568-6196

http://www.jmu.edu/environment/ science.shtml

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Environmental Studies

Dr. Pete Bsumek
540-568-3386

http://www.jmu.edu/environment/ studies.shtml

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Family Studies

Dr. Nancy T. Poe
540-568-6955

http://www.jmu.edu/socwork/ familystudies.html

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Film Studies

Kevin Reynolds
540-568-8183

http://smad.jmu.edu/minor.html

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French

Dr. Giuliana Fazzion
540-568-6128

Students who have had 2 or more years of French in high school or at their previous institution if they are a transfer student, and did not take the SAT II language exam should take the JMU foreign language placement exam.  Students may contact Dr. Stephany Plecker, Language Center Director, Keezell B13, 568-3578 for more information or go tohttp://www.jmu.edu/forlang/flpe.htm

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Geographic Science

Dr. Mary Tacy
540-568-6722

http://www.gs.jmu.edu

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Geology

Dr. Stephen A. Leslie
540-568-6722

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Geophysics

Dr. Stephen A. Leslie
Phone: 540-568-6130

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German

Dr. Giuliana Fazzion
Foreign Language
Keezell Hall, Room 301
540-568-6128

Students who have had 2 or more years of German in high school or at their previous institution if they are a transfer student, and did not take the SAT II language exam should take the JMU foreign language placement exam.  Students may contact Dr. Stephany Plecker, Language Center Director, Keezell B13, 568-3578 for more information or go tohttp://www.jmu.edu/forlang/flpe.htm.

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Gerontology

Dr. B.J. Bryson
540-568-6980

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Global Religion and Global Issues

Dr. Charles Bolyard
540-568-2830

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Health Communication

Dr. Sharon R. Mazzarella
540-568-5633

 

Apply to the Communication Studies department; admission to the minor requires a 2.7 GPA in SCOM 240 & 245 and a cumulative GPA of 2.7. Students are admitted on space available basis.

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Historical Archaeology

Dr. Julie Solometo
540-568-6171

or

Dr. Gabrielle Lanier
540-568-3615

http://www.jmu.edu/cds/regional_ area_studies/index.shtml

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History

Dr. Michael J. Galgano
540-568-3985

 

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Human Resource Development

Randy Snow
540-568-8842

 

Open to all students; including non-teaching fields.

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Humanitarian Affairs

Dr. Sarah O'Connor
Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication
Harrison 2272
540-568-6242

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Dr. Mary Tacy
Integrated Science and Technology
Health and Human Services
Room 3208
540-568-6722

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Integrated Science and Technology

Mr. Paul W. Henriksen
540-568-2755

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Interdisciplinary Social Science

Dr. David Dillard
540-568-3757

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Italian

Dr. Giuliana Fazzion
Foreign Language
Keezell Hall, Room 301
540-568-6128

JMU does not have a placement exam in Italian. If students have takenItalian, in high school (or anywhere else before JMU), and are interested in taking the language here, they will need to talk to Dr. Giuliana Fazzion, Keezell 301.

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Jazz Studies

Dr. Jeffrey Bush
540-568-3614

 In addition to music courses, requires 5 credit hours in jazz ensembles.

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Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Dr. William Van Norman
540-568-7318

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Law Enforcement Spanish

Dr. Giuliana Fazzion
540-568-6128

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Legal Spanish

Dr. Giuliana Fazzion
540-568-6128

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Logic and Reasoning

Dr. Tracy Lupher
540-568-6394

or

Dr. Thomas Adajian
540-568-6394

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Material Science

Dr. Christopher Hughes
540-568-8069

 
Mathematics

Dr. David C. Carothers
540-568-6184

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Medical Spanish

Dr. Giuliana Fazzion
540-568-6128

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Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Dr. Peter Eubanks
540-568-3511

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Middle Eastern Communities and Migrations

Shah Mahmoud Hanifi
540-568-1743

 http://www.jmu.edu/mecm/

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Military Leadership

Major Richard Showalter
540-568-6445

Designed for students who want to earn a commission as an army officer.

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Modern European Studies

Dr. John Scherpereel
540-568-3933

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Music

Dr. Jeffrey Bush
540-568-3614

General music minor open to all students

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Music Industry

Dr. Jeffrey Bush
540-568-3614

Students who wish to declare the music industry minor must first register for MUI 221, Survey of the Music Industry, preferably in the sophomore year.  The class is open to all majors.  As part of MUI 221 students will learn about the music industry minor and will be instructed to register for MUI 250, Portfolio Review.     

In MUI 250 students will be asked to submit a resume, statement of professional goals, an academic plan and a signed declaration of minor form.

Once the requirements from MUI 250 Portfolio Review are met, the Music Industry Coordinator will submit the signed MUI minor declaration form to the Registrar.  This is always by the end of the semester in which the student has taken MUI 221.

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Nonprofit Studies

Dr. Karen Ford
540-568-6975

http://www.jmu.edu/socwork/ nonprofit.html

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Philosophy

Dr. Charles R. Bolyard
540-568-2830

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Physics

Dr. C. Steven Whisnant
540-568-6338

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Political Communication

Dr. Valerie Sulfaro
540-568-3997

http://www.jmu.edu/commstudies/ pc_minor.shtml

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Political Science

Dr. Charles H. Blake
540-568-6149

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Public Policy and Administration

Dr. Charles H. Blake
540-568-6149

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Religion

Dr. Charles R. Bolyard
540-568-2830

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Robotics

Dr. Ralph Grove
Phone: 540-568-6288

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Russian

Dr. Stephany Gould Plecker
Phone: 540-568-3578

Not available 2013-14 academic year

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Russian Studies

Dr. Maria Galmarini
540-568-3447

or

Dr. Stephany Plecker
540-568-3578

 http://www.jmu.edu/mecm/

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Science, Technology and Society

Dr. Kevin Borg
540-568-5761

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Sociology

Dr. Benjamin Brewer
540-568-7391

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Spanish

Dr. Giuliana Fazzion
540-568-6128

Students who have had 2 or more years of Spanish in high school or at their previous institution if they are a transfer student, and did not take the SAT II language exam should take the JMU foreign language placement exam.  Students may contact Dr. Stephany Plecker, Language Center Director, Keezell B13, 568-3578 for more information or go tohttp://www.jmu.edu/forlang/flpe.htm

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Spanish-English Translation and Interpretation

Kevin Costello
540-568-6851

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Special Education Non-Teaching

Dr. Laura Desportes
Phone: 540-568-6193

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Sport Communication

Dr. Chris Womack
540-568-6145

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Statistics

Dr. Nusrat Jahan
540-568-4074

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Stubstance Abuse Prevention

Katherine Ott Walter
540-568-8972

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Telecommunications

Dr. Mohamed Aboutabl
540-568-7589

Interdisciplinary minor to augment major programs; prepares students to become network and telecommunications professionals

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Theatre

William J. Buck
540-568-7802

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Urban and Regional Studies

Dr. Henry Way
540-568-8186

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Women's and Gender Studies

Dr. Jessica Davidson
540-568-2697

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World Literature

Dr. Ramenga Mtaali Osotsi
540-568-6560

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Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication

Dr. Traci Zimmerman
540-568-3542

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