Degree Information

 

Degree Requirements at James Madison University

 

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

 

Requirements 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.)

 

Requirements 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.)

 

Requirements 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.)

 

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

  120

 

Bachelor of Music (B.M.)

 

Requirements 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.)

 

Requirements 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.)

 

Requirements 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.)

 

Requirements 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 Any GPHIL or PHIL course except GPHIL 120 or GPHIL 150. Consult the list of courses satisfying Bachelor of Arts degree requirements at http://www.jmu.edu/registrar/BA_and_BS_Degree_Courses.shtml.

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

Theatre and Dance

Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication

 

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

Graphic Design

Interior Architecture

 

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

Intelligence 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

Sport and Recreation Management

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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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 MyMadison and student transcripts.

 

Subject Abbreviation
Accounting ACTG
Africana Studies AFST
AIRS 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 Analytics BSAN
Business Law BLAW
Business and Marketing Education BMED
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
Cross Disciplinary Studies CDS
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
Foreign Language Education FLED
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 Services Administration HSA
Hebrew HEBR
History HIST
Honors HON
Hospitality Management HM
Human Resource Development HRD
Humanitarian Affairs HUMN
Inclusive Early Childhood Education IECE
Individualized Study IS
Industrial Design INDU
Integrated Science and Technology ISAT
Intelligence Analysis IA
Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies IDLS
Interdisciplinary Social Science ISS
Interior Architecture IARC
International Affairs INTA
International Business IBUS
Interprofessional Education IPE
Interscience Research ISCI
Italian ITAL
Japanese JAPN
Justice Studies JUST
Kinesiology KIN
Korean KOR
Latin LAT
Learning, Technology and Leadership Education LTLE
Management MGT
Marketing MKTG
Materials Science MATS
Mathematics MATH
Media Arts and Design SMAD
Middle Education MIED
Middle and Secondary Education MSSE
Military Science MSCI
Music MUS
Music Education MUED
Music Industry MUI
Music Instruction, Applied MUAP
Nonprofit Studies NPS
Nursing NSG
Nutrition NUTR
Persian PERS
Philosophy PHIL
Physics PHYS
Political Science POSC
Portuguese PORT
Psychology PSYC
Public Policy and Administration PPA
Reading Education READ
Religion REL
Russian RUS
Social Work SOWK
Sociology SOCI
Spanish SPAN
Sport and Recreation Management SRM
Swahili SWA
Teaching English as a Second Language TESL
Technical Translation TR
Theatre THEA
University Studies UNST
Vocational Education VOED
Women's and Gender Studies WMST
Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication WRTC

 

 

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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's 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
       

Elementary Education

PreK-6

Master's

IDLS with education

pre-professional

licensure program

Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies

Department of Early, Elementary and Reading Education

       

Foreign Language

PreK-12 2

Master's

Modern Foreign Languages

with

Departments of Middle, Secondary and Mathematics Education
   

pre-professional

licensure program

and Foreign Languages, Literature and Culture
       

Inclusive Early

Childhood Education

Birth-Age 8

Master's

IDLS with education

pre-professional

licensure program

Interdisciplinary Liberal StudiesDepartment of Early, Elementary and Reading Education and
      Department of Exceptional 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

       

Music Education

PreK-12

Bachelor's Music School of Music
       

Physical/Health

Education

PreK-12

Master's Kinesiology Department of Kinesiology
       
       

Secondary Education

6-12

Master's

Content major 1

with education

pre-professional

Department of Middle, Secondary and Mathematics Education
    licensure program  
       

Special Education 2

K-12

Master's

See program adviser for options with education.

pre-professional

Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies

Department of Exceptional Education

    licensure program  
       
       

Teaching English

to Speakers of Other

Languages – TESL (ESL)

Bachelor's Major: see program adviser for options with education. Departments of Learning Technology and Leadership Education
  Master's pre-professional licensure program  
       
Theatre Education Bachelor's IDLS with education School of Theatre and Dance
PreK-12   pre-professional licensure program  

 

Add-on Endorsements
Endorsements are available in the following areas. Contact the College of Education for more information.

 

  • Algebra
  • Gifted Education (add-on licensure)
  • Journalism

 

1 Biology, chemistry, English, modern foreign language, Earth science, history or political science, mathematics, or physics.

2 IDLS is the recommended major.

 

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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 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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