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|Dr. David K. Jeffrey, Dean
Jerry Weaver, Executive Assistant
|Mission Statement||Pre-professional Programs|
|Majors and Minors||Resource and Services Centers|
|Interdisciplinary Activities||Annual Events|
|The College of Arts and Letters serves multiple vital needs of JMU students. First, it offers high-quality programs of specialized study in the social sciences, humanities, communication and the arts, and in several pre-professional and interdisciplinary areas. Second, the college provides a challenging array of courses designed to promote lifelong learning by sharpening analytical abilities; improving computational and communications skills; cultivating a facility with written expression; enhancing cultural awareness, intensifying moral and aesthetic sensitivity and fostering awareness of the contingent nature of knowledge. Linking these two missions is a college-wide commitment to free but rigorous and controlled inquiry into human nature.|
|In addition to the special goals of each major, all programs in the college are committed to helping the student achieve the following common objectives.
|Majors and Minors|
|Students may select from a broad spectrum of major and minor programs in the eight departments, two schools and an institute. The departments, schools and institute fully describe their programs in the Academic Units section of this Web site under Academic Programs.|
|In addition to departmental majors and minors, the college offers a wide array of interdepartmental majors, minors, pre-professional programs, general education courses, annual events and supporting services, some of which reach out to the regional community. Information on interdisciplinary programs offered by the College of Arts and Letters may be found in the Interdisciplinary Programs section of this Web site under Academic Programs.|
|Resource and Service Centers|
|The archaeology collection contains prehistoric and historic material excavated at numerous Virginia archaeological sites as well as an extensive library collection of site reports, artifact identification guides and maps. Artifact study collections spanning the 12,000 year occupation of Virginia’s Ridge and Valley Province are also being developed for teaching and research purposes. For further information, contact Dr. Clarence Geier, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, (540) 568-6171.|
|Center for Public Broadcasting/WMRA-WMRL-WMRY|
|Each spring JMU hosts the regional competition for National History Day. The contest is open to students in grades six through 12, with categories including media presentations, performances and historical papers. Judging and comments are provided by professional historians. Winners at the state level participate in the National History Day Competition at the University of Maryland in June. For further information contact Dr. Steven Guerrier in the Department of History at (540) 568-6523.|
|Visiting Scholars Program|
|The Visiting Scholars Committee organizes campus visits during the year by 12-15 people who have made significant contributions in their fields. The scholars, who represent a wide variety of disciplines, expose students and faculty members to different perspectives and encourage intellectual exploration. During a visit, a scholar meets with at least one group of students in a class or informal setting and gives a public presentation and discussion of his or her work. For further information, contact Dr. David K. Jeffrey, (540) 568-6472.|