Humanitarian Affairs


The cross disciplinary humanitarian affairs minor provides students with a global perspective on the major humanitarian crises facing the human community today. Students will investigate the impacts of natural disasters, disease, hunger and famine, poverty, conflict, and national and international policies on the welfare of human communities around the world. They will also explore solutions to various humanitarian crises and evaluate the problems of practicing humanitarianism in the world today. Students will become acquainted with the organizations that address these crises and the challenges they face. Finally, students will acquire knowledge and skills that prepare them for careers in governmental and non-governmental organizations that address humanitarian issues.


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 complete an international field experience.


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 five of the following, with no more than two from 15
any single discipline:  
HUMN 300. Introduction to Natural Disasters  
HUMN 401. GIS for Humanitarian Assistance  
HUMN 490. Humanitarian Affairs Field Experience 1  
ANTH 313. Processes of Social and Cultural Change  
ANTH 366. Anthropology of War  
ANTH 373. Anthropological Perspectives on Environment and Development  
BIO 354. Global Climate Change and Life: Ecological and Biological Impacts of Climate Variability  
BIO 420. Medical Parasitology  
ECON 270. International Economics  
ENGR 360. Water in Africa, Technology, Education and Reciprocity  
GEOG 215. Geospatial Tools I – Cartography and GIS  
GEOG 280. Human Geography: The Cultural Landscape  
GEOG 300. Population Geography  
GEOG 322. Agricultural Systems and Global Food Production  
GEOG 335. Geography of Africa  
GEOG 345. Geography of Poverty  
GEOG 366. Introduction to Geographic Information Science  
GEOG 375. Political Geography  
GHUM 252. Cross-Cultural Perspectives  
ISAT 459. Awareness and Understanding of Chemical, Biological, and  
Radiological Weapons of Mass Destruction  
JUST 341. Gender and Justice  
JUST 345. Restorative Justice  
JUST 357. Environmental Justice  
JUST 375. Genocide in the 20th Century  
JUST 377. Global Futures  
JUST/POSC 392. Peace Studies  
NPS 300. Introduction to Nonprofits  
NUTR 380. Global Nutrition  
GPOSC 200. Global Politics  
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 314. Writing in the Public Sphere  
WRTC 318. Intercultural Professional Communication  
WRTC 484. Writing for Nonprofits  
WRTC 486. Writing in the Community  



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