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Degree Requirements at James Madison University
Undergraduate Degrees at James Madison University
Subject Abbreviations
Undergraduate Programs
Teaching Licensure
Academic Terms and Definitions

Degree Requirements at James Madison University


Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Credit Hours
Foreign language courses (intermediate level required)1
0-14
General Education courses 2
41
Philosophy course (in addition to General Education courses)3
3
Major concentration courses and electives 4
62-76

 
120

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

Credit Hours
B.B.A. core courses
44-45
General Education courses 2
41
Major courses
24
Electives
11-21

 
120

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

Credit Hours
Core program - art courses
24
General Education courses 2
41
Art emphasis courses
54
Electives
1

 
120

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

Credit Hours
General Education courses 7
41
Major concentration courses
30
Electives
49

 
120

Bachelor of Music (B.M.)

Credit Hours
Core music program courses
27
General Education courses 2
41
Major concentration courses and electives
56-63

 
124-131

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Credit Hours
General Education courses 2
41
Quantitative requirement 5
     (in addition to General Education courses)
3
Scientific Literacy requirement 6
     (in addition to General Education courses)
3-4
Major concentration courses and electives 4
72-77

 
120
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)
Credit Hours
General Education courses 2
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 courses 2
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 student's chosen language (typically 232), or by placing out of that language through the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures' 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
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
Information Analysis
Integrated Science and Technology
Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies
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

Subject Abbreviations
Course Descriptions are listed in alphabetical order by subject. Courses that may meet General Education requirements are preceded by a bold, italic G or an asterisk. If the course is part of a course sequence, the asterisk appears after the course subject abbreviation and number.

The abbreviations shown in this section are also listed on e-campus and student transcripts.

Subject
Abbreviation
Accounting
Africana Studies
Air Force ROTC
American Studies
Anthropology
Arabic
Art
Art Education
Art History
Astronomy
Athletic Training Education Program
Biology
Biotechnology
Business and Marketing Education
Business Law
Chemistry
Chinese
Classics
College of Business
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Communication Studies
Computer Information Systems
Computer Science
Continuing Education
Criminal Justice
Dance
Early Childhood Education
Economics
Education
Elementary Education
English
Environmental Management
Exceptional Education
Family Studies
Finance
Foreign Language
French
General Business
General Education
Geographic Science
Geology
German
Gerontology
Graphic Design
Greek
Health
Health and Human Services
Health Services Administration
Hebrew
History
Hospitality and Tourism Management
Human Resource Development
Human Science
Individualized Study
Information Analysis
Integrated Science and Technology
Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies
Interdisciplinary Social Science
Interior Design
International Affairs
International Business
International Liberal Studies
Interscience Research
Italian
Japanese
Justice Studies
Kinesiology
Korean
Latin
Liberal Studies
Management
Management Science
Marketing
Materials Science
Mathematics
Media Arts and Design
Middle and Secondary Education
Middle Education
Military Science
Music
Music Education
Music Industry
Music Instruction, Applied
Nonprofit Studies
Nursing
Nutrition
Philosophy
Physics
Political Science
Psychology
Public Policy and Administration
Reading Education
Religion
Russian
Social Work
Sociology
Spanish
Studies Abroad Course, Regularly Scheduled
Teaching English as a Second Language
Technical and Scientific Communication
Technical Translation
Theatre
Vocational Education
Women's Studies
Writing

Undergraduate Programs
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Teaching Licensure
Students interested in teacher licensure will major in an academic field and complete all of the requirements for the teacher education program. Depending on the field of study, initial licensure is earned at the bachelor or master's level. The following chart describes the licensure areas, degree required, major field of study and academic unit.

Licensure Area
Degree Required
Major Field of Study

Academic Unit

Art Education,
PreK-12



Bachelor's Art School of Art and Art History
Music Education, PreK-12

Bachelor's Music School of Music
Physical/Health Education, PreK-12

Master's Kinesiology Department of Kinesiology
Early Childhood Education, PreK-3


Bachelor's IDLS with education minor Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies, Department of Early, Elementary and Reading Education
Elementary Education, PreK-6 Master's IDLS with education minor Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies, Department of Middle, Secondary and Mathematics Education
Middle Level, Education, 6-8 Master's IDLS with education minor Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies, Department of Middle, Secondary and Mathematics Education

Secondary Education, 6-12 Master's Content major1 with education minor

Department of Middle, Secondary and Mathematics Education
Special Education, K-12 ECSE Master's IDLS with education minor Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies, Department Of Exceptional Education

ESL (add-on licensure) Bachelor's or Master's (Teacher Licensure required)

   
Gifted Education (add-on licensure) Master's (Teacher Licensure required)    

1 Biology, Chemistry, English, Geology, Mathematics, Foreign Language, Physics

 

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.

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 governing certificates.

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.

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