Humanitarian Affairs

The cross disciplinary humanitarian affairs minor provides students with a global perspective on the major issues facing the human community today. Students will investigate the impacts of natural disasters, disease, poverty, conflict, and local, national, and international policies on the welfare of human communities around the world. They will also explore solutions to various humanitarian crises and some of the organizations that address these crises. Finally, students will acquire knowledge and skills that prepare them for careers in governmental or non-profit organizations that address humanitarian issues such as poverty, hunger and malnourishment, conflict, human rights violations and natural disasters.

The minor is open to all undergraduate students at JMU. Three of the required 18 hours must include HUMN 201; students are strongly encouraged to choose GEOG 491. The international experience must be one that will enhance the student's knowledge of humanitarian affairs and must be approved by the humanitarian affairs coordinator. This experience can be completed abroad or with an international organization in the U.S.

Core Requirements Credit Hours
HUMN 201. Introduction to Humanitarian Affairs 3
Choose 5 of the following, with no more than 2 from any single discipline: 15
GEOG 215. Geospatial Tools I – Cartography and GIS  
GEOG 300. Population Geography  
GEOG 322. Agricultural Systems and Global Food Production  
GEOG 345. Geography of Poverty  
GEOG 350. Topics: The Geography of Human Genetics and Infectious Disease  
GEOG 366. Introduction to Geographic Information Science  
GEOG 375. Political Geography  
GEOG 491. International Studies  
JUST 235. Justice in the Global Community  
JUST 341. Gender and Justice  
JUST 375. Genocide in the 20th Century  
JUST/POSC 392. Peace Studies  
NUTR 380. Global Nutrition  
POSC/JUST 331. Human Rights in Theory and Practice  
POSC 340. Third World Development  
POSC 347. Comparative Public Policy  
POSC 348. The Politics of Cultural Pluralism  
POSC 395. International Law  
POSC 396. International Organizations  
POSC 397. Politics of International Economic Relations  
PSYC 460. Community Psychology in Developing Societies  
SOWK 288. Social Welfare  
SOWK/SOCI 348. Introduction to Developing Societies  
SOWK 375. Grant Writing for Agencies  
WRTC 322. Making a Difference: Service Learning Writing  

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Note: When used for credit in the humanitarian affairs minor, the international experience must be approved and supervised by the minor coordinator or designated faculty.

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