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Degree Information

 

Degree Requirements at James Madison University
Undergraduate Degrees at James Madison University
Academic Terms and Definitions
Undergraduate Programs

 

Degree Requirements at James Madison University

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

 
Credit Hours
Foreign languages courses (intermediate level required)1
0-14
General Education courses2
41
Philosophy course (in addition to General Education courses)3
3
Major concentration courses and electives4
62-76

 
120

Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.)

 
Credit Hours
B.B.A. core courses
44-45
General Education courses2
41
Major courses
24
Electives
11-21

 
120

Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)

 
Credit Hours
Core program – art courses
24
General Education courses2
41
Art emphasis courses
54
Elective
1

 
120

Bachelor of Individualized Study (B.I.S.)

 
Credit Hours
General Education courses7
41
Major concentration courses
30
Electives
49

 
120

Bachelor of Music (B.M.)

 
Credit Hours
Core music program courses
27
General Education courses2
41
Major concentration courses and electives
56-63

 
124-131

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

 
Credit Hours
General Education courses2
41
Quantitative requirement (in addition to General Education courses)5
3
Scientific Literacy requirement (in addition to General Education courses)6
3-4
Major concentration courses and electives4
72-77

 
120

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)

 
Credit Hours
General Education courses2
41
Nursing courses
61
Other supportive courses
14
Electives
5-8

 
120

Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.)

 
Credit Hours
Core program – social work courses
42
General Education courses2
41
Social work electives
6
Electives
32-35

 
120
1 The foreign language requirement may be satisfied by successful completion of the second semester of the intermediate level of the studentís chosen language (typically 232), or by placing out of that language through the Department of Foreign Language, Literature and Culture's placement test.
2 The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.
3 100-, 200-, 300- or 400-level course acceptable, or consult the list of courses satisfying Bachelor of Arts degree requirements at http://www.jmu.edu/registrar.
4 Would include education courses leading to licensure in teacher education.
5 Students are strongly encouraged to complete one of the following sequences: GISAT 141-ISAT 142, MATH 107-108, MATH 135-235, MATH 155-220, MATH 156-220, MATH 205-206 or MATH 235-236.
6 Scientific Literacy requirement to be chosen from the list of courses satisfying Bachelor of Science degree requirements at http://www.jmu.edu/registrar.
7 The Adult Degree Program contains a set of requirements each individualized study major must fulfill. The university recognizes this alternate general education program as a nontraditional equivalent to The Human Community.

 

Undergraduate Degrees at James Madison University

The following is a list of undergraduate degrees and programs offered at James Madison University. For more information, contact the academic unit.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Anthropology

Art History

Art, Studio

Biology

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Communication Studies

Earth Science

Economics

English

Geographic Science

History

Individualized Study

Interdisciplinary Social Science

International Affairs

Justice Studies

Mathematics

Media Arts and Design

Modern Foreign Languages

Philosophy and Religion

Physics

Political Science

Psychology

Sociology

Technical and Scientific Communication

Theatre and Dance

 

Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.)

Accounting

Computer Information Systems

Economics

Finance

Hospitality and Tourism Management

International Business

Management

Marketing

 

Bachelor of Individualized Study (B.I.S.)

Individualized Study

 

Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)

Art, Studio

 

Bachelor of Music (B.M.)

Music

 

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Anthropology

Art, Studio

Athletic Training

Biology

Biotechnology

Chemistry

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Communication Studies

Computer Science

Dietetics

Economics

Engineering

Geographic Science

Geology

Health Sciences

Health Services Administration

Individualized Study

Integrated Science and Technology

Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies

Interdisciplinary Social Science

Justice Studies

Kinesiology

Mathematics

Media Arts and Design

Physics

Psychology

Public Policy and Administration

Quantitative Finance

Sociology

Statistics

Technical and Scientific Communication

 

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)

Nursing

 

Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.)

Social Work

 

Academic Terms and Definitions

Degree Requirements

A degree is an academic title conferred on students who complete a unified program of study. Degrees vary according to the major program. JMU offers eight undergraduate degrees that incorporate course requirements unique to the degree and major discipline. Majors culminating in Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees share common sets of course requirements appropriate to the degree with specific distinctions.

Bachelor of Arts degree – The B.A. is distinguished by its humanistic emphasis. Students who complete a B.A. may satisfy the degree requirements by taking courses that advance their understanding of human culture through analysis of ideas; perception of differences; appreciation of art and creative products through understanding art forms, beauty, and symmetry; knowledge of theories and principles of form, substance, argument and philosophy; understanding of the interaction between language and culture; and achievement of linguistic competency in a second language.

Bachelor of Science degree – The B.S. is distinguished by its scientific emphasis. Students who complete a B.S. may satisfy the degree requirements by taking courses that advance their understanding of the use of scientific analysis, experimentation and the application of scientific principles and facts in solving problems; understanding of the crucial role of mathematical reasoning; and understanding analysis and techniques in comprehending problems in the natural or social sciences.

Lists of courses satisfying Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree requirements are found at
http://www.jmu.edu/registrar/BA_and_BS_Degree_Courses.shtml.

 

Program of Study Components

A program of study or course of study refers to any set of courses and experiences identified as satisfying the requirements of a program or program component (as defined below) by a student or students. The following terms will apply for describing programs of study at James Madison University.

Major – A coherent set of required and elective courses approved by the Board of Visitors and meeting state criteria that, when completed by a student, signifies a degree of preparation in a field or fields of study. The credit hour requirements for the major are set by the respective colleges and academic units and may not consist of less than 30 hours. A student must formally declare a major.

Minor – A cohesive set of required and elective courses that, when completed by a student, connotes knowledge and skills in a discipline, region or topic area, but not at the depth of a major. The minor is designed for students who are not majoring in the same area and requires minimum credit hours as set by the respective academic unit and college. A student must formally declare the minor for it to appear on the transcript of record. A minor is not required for graduation.

Concentration – A prescribed set of courses associated with a major or minor that is designed to focus a student’s course of study according to interest and/or career goals. A concentration is not a required component of all majors and/or minors. The student must formally declare the concentration for it to appear on the transcript of record. The concentration will be noted on the transcript only after the student graduates.

Cognate – A set of courses outside the major that is designed to complement other components of the student’s course of study and to support selected professional goals. A cognate is not a required component of all majors. A student does not have to formally declare a cognate and it will not appear on the transcript of record.

Core – A defined group of courses within a particular major or minor that is required of all students completing that major or minor.

Track – A prescribed set of courses within a concentration. A track is not a required component of all concentrations. A student does not have to formally declare a track and it will not appear on the transcript of record.

Pre-professional Program – A defined set of courses or course options and requirements that serve as prerequisites to upper or graduate-level professional program components or courses. A pre-professional program may coincide with a major, minor or concentration, or it may be comprised by courses from two or more disciplines and concentrations.

Professional program – A defined group of courses or course options designed to prepare a student for a specific professional career, certificate, or license. A professional program may coincide with a major, minor or concentration, or it may be comprised by courses from two or more disciplines and concentrations. The student must formally declare the professional program for it to appear on the transcript of record. The professional program will be noted on the transcript only after the student graduates.

Licensure program – A set or sequence of courses and experiences required for a student to be eligible to obtain a license issued by an agency, group or professional organization.

Certificate program – A prescribed set or sequence of courses that results in a student receiving a certificate issued by the university when the identified courses and experiences are completed satisfactorily and when all other conditions have been met in accordance with the definitions and policies of the College of Graduate and Outreach Programs.

These definitions apply to all programs of study except in cases where program nomenclature specified by the accrediting agency differs from the nomenclature stated by James Madison University.

 

Undergraduate Programs

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Undergraduate Programs