Degree Requirements at James Madison University

Undergraduate Degrees at James Madison University

Teacher Education Pre-professional Licensure Programs

Subject Abbreviations

Academic Terms and Definitions


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Degree Information

Degree Requirements at James Madison University

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

  Credit Hours
Foreign language courses 0-14
(intermediate level required) 1
General Education courses 2 41
Philosophy course 3
(in addition to General Education courses) 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 3
(in addition to General Education courses) 5
Scientific Literacy requirement 6 3-4
(in addition to General Education courses)
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 Consult the list of courses satisfying Bachelor of Arts degree requirements at http://www.jmu.edu/registrar/BA_and_BS_Degree_Courses.shtm.

4 Includes education courses leading to licensure in teacher education.

5 Students are strongly encouraged to complete one of the following sequences: MATH 107-108, MATH 135-235, MATH 155-220, MATH 156-220, MATH 220 and one from MATH 321-327, 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/BA_and_BS_Degree_Courses.shtml.

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.

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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
Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication
Theatre and Dance

Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.)
Accounting
Computer Information Systems
Economics
Finance
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
Hospitality Management
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
Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication

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

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

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Teacher Education Pre-professional Licensure Programs
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

Dance Education,
PreK-12
Bachelor's Dance School of Theatre and Dance

Music Education,
PreK-12
Bachelor's Music School of Music

Physical/Health Education,
PreK-12
Master's Kinesiology Department of Kinesiology

Inclusive Early Childhood Education
Birth-Age 8
Master's IDLS with education pre-professional licensure program Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies
Department of Early, Elementary and Reading Education
Department of Exceptional Education

Elementary Education,
PreK-6
Master's IDLS with education pre-professional licensure program Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies Department of Early, Elementary and Reading Education

English as a Second Master's See program adviser for options. Departments of Exceptional Education
Department of earning, Technology and Leadership Education

Middle Level Education,
6-8
Master's IDLS with education pre-professional licensure program Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies Department of Middle, Secondary and Mathematics Education

Secondary Education,
6-12
Master's Content major 1 with education pre-professional licensure program Department of Middle, Secondary and Mathematics Education

Special Education, 2
K-12; IECE
Master's IDLS with education pre-professional licensure program Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies Department of Exceptional Education

Theatre Education
PreK-12
Bachelor's Theatre School of Theatre and Dance

 

1 Biology, chemistry, English, foreign language, geology, history, mathematics, political science, physics.

2 IDLS is the recommended major.

Endorsements
Endorsements are available in the following areas (contact the College of Education for more information):

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Subject Abbreviations
Course Descriptions are listed in alphabetical order by subject. Courses that may meet General Education requirements (Pages 81-88) 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 ACTG
Africana Studies AFST
Air Force ROTC AIRS
American Studies AMST
Anthropology ANTH
Arabic ARAB
Art ART
Art Education ARED
Art History ARTH
Astronomy ASTR
Athletic Training Education Program ATEP
Biology BIO
Biotechnology BIOT
Business and Marketing Education BMED
Business Law BLAW
Chemistry CHEM
Chinese CHIN
Classics CLAS
College of Business COB
Communication Sciences and Disorders CSD
Communication Studies SCOM
Computer Information Systems CIS
Computer Science CS
Continuing Education CE
Criminal Justice CRJU
Dance DANC
Early Childhood Education ECED
Economics ECON
Education EDUC
Elementary Education ELED
Engineering ENGR
English ENG
Environment ENVT
Environmental Management ENVM
Exceptional Education EXED
Family Studies FAM
Finance FIN
Foreign Language FL
French FR
General Business GBUS
General Education G
Geographic Science GEOG
Geology GEOL
German GER
Gerontology GERN
Graphic Design GRPH
Greek GRK
Health HTH
Health and Human Services HHS
Health Services Administration HSA
Hebrew HEBR
History HIST
Hospitality and Tourism Management HTM
Hospitality Management HM
Humanatarian Affairs HUMN
Human Resource Development HRD
Human Science HSC
Inclusive Early Childhood Education IECE
Individualized Study IS
Industrial Design INDU
Information Analysis IA
Integrated Science and Technology ISAT
Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies IDLS
Interdisciplinary Social Science ISS
Interior Design INDE
International Affairs INTA
International Business IBUS
International Liberal Studies ILS
Interscience Research ISCI
Italian ITAL
Japanese JAPN
Justice Studies JUST
Kinesiology KIN
Korean KOR
Latin LAT
Liberal Studies LS
Management MGT
Management Science MS
Marketing MKTG
Materials Science MATS
Mathematics MATH
Media Arts and Design SMAD
Middle and Secondary Education MSSE
Middle Education MIED
Military Science MSCI
Music MUS
Music Education MUED
Music Industry MUI
Music Instruction, Applied MUAP
Nonprofit Studies NPS
Nursing NSG
Nutrition NUTR
Philosophy PHIL
Physics PHYS
Political Science POSC
Psychology PSYC
Public Policy and Administration PPA
Reading Education READ
Religion REL
Russian RUS
Social Work SOWK
Sociology SOCI
Spanish SPAN
Studies Abroad Course, Regularly Scheduled (View)
Teaching English as a Second Language TESL
Technical Translation TR
Theatre THEA
Vocational Education VOED
Women's Studies WMST
Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication WRTC


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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, listed on Page 10, 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 by the university as satisfying the requirements of a program or program component for a student or students. The following terms describe 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 typically requires between 18-24 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 a program. 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.

Pre-professional Advisory Program – This program includes a set of recommended courses for students who wish to shape their undergraduate experience toward a related professional goal beyond the undergraduate degree, such as the pre-law, pre-medicine, pre-dentistry and pre-health programs. Pre-professional advisory programs appear on the transcript during a student's undergraduate career, but do not appear on the transcript after graduation.

Pre-professional Licensure and Degree Program – This program must be related to a student's major as part of a planned progress toward professional credentialing, such as the pre-professional teacher education programs. It creates a distinct set of knowledge or skills that qualifies one to practice in a particular area or work in a specific field. This designation appears on the transcript.

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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