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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 courses2

            41

Philosophy course

            3

(in addition to General Education courses)3

           

Major concentration courses and electives4

            62-76


            120

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

Requirements   

Credit Hours

B.B.A. core courses

            44-45

General Education courses2

            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 courses2

            41

Art emphasis courses

            54

Electives

            1


            120

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

Requirements   

Credit Hours

General Education courses7

            41

Major concentration courses

            30

Electives

            49


            120

Bachelor of Music (B.M.)

Requirements   

Credit Hours

Core music program courses

            27

General Education courses2

            41

Major concentration courses and electives

            56-63


            124-131

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Requirements   

Credit Hours

General Education courses2

            41

Quantitative requirement

            3

(in addition to General Education courses)5

           

Scientific Literacy requirement6

            3-4

(in addition to General Education courses)

           

Major concentration courses and electives4

            72-77


            120

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

Requirements   

Credit Hours

General Education courses2

            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 courses2

            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 PHIL course except PHIL 120 or PHIL 150. Consult the list of courses satisfying Bachelor of Arts degree requirements on the Registrar’s website.

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 on the Registrar’s website.

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.