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International Humanities Minor

Dr. Lamont King, Coordinator
Phone: (540) 568-4168
E-mail: kingld@jmu.edu

The minor in international humanities encourages students to explore the cultural environments of civilizations outside of the English-speaking world of Great Britain and the United States. Emphasis is on literature, history, art and religion, with opportunities for additional studies in philosophy and music. Studies Abroad students are encouraged to discuss possible substitutions with the coordinator. The requirement for successful completion of the minor is 24 credit hours.

All students are required to complete six credit hours from the Gateway courses. Students then complete a minimum of nine credit hours in Concentration One. The remaining nine credit hours may be selected from among courses in Concentration One and/or Concentration Two. The courses selected must represent four disciplines. Only six credits from a student’s major discipline may be double-counted in the minor concentrations. Students may select one 200 level course beyond the gateway requirement; all other courses must be at the 300-400 level. With the approval of the coordinator, one course from the electives list or a selected topics course from one of the participating disciplines may be substituted for a course in the concentrations.

For further information and a complete list of the courses in each concentration, contact the coordinator.

Required Courses
Credit Hours
Gateway Requirement1
Select one:

G ENG 239. Studies in World Literature

G ARTH 205. Survey of World Art: Prehistoric to Renaissance

G ARTH 206. Survey of World Art: Renaissance to Modern

Select one:

G HIST 101. World History to 1500

G HIST 102. World History Since 1500

G REL 101. Religions of the World

G PHIL 101. Introduction to Philosophy

Concentration One

Select courses from the literature, history, art, philosophy and religion of Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America

Concentration Two

Select courses from the literature, history, art, philosophy and religion of Europe

Approved Elective


1The two courses selected to complete the Gateway requirement may double-count in General Education Cluster Two.