Cross Disciplinary Studies

Regional and Area Studies



Africana Studies
Dr. Jennifer Coffman, Coordinator, ISAT/International Programs
The minor in African/African-American studies broadens students' world perspectives by enhancing their acquaintance with and understanding of the peoples, cultures and institutions of Africa and the African Diaspora in the Western Hemisphere. More information.
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American Studies
Dr. Laura Henigman, Coordinator, Department of English
The minor in American studies is based on the desirability of developing a coordinated understanding of American civilization, past and present, acquired through selected courses offered by the traditional departments and special courses offered by the program itself. Focus in humanistic subjects and the social sciences will provide the student with the means of exploring the interrelationships among diverse aspects of our culture and changing patterns of ideas and values. More information.
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Asian Studies
Dr. Johnathan Walker, Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies
The purpose of this interdisciplinary program is to broaden the students' perspective by enhancing their understanding and appreciation of Asian culture and institutions. This pro-gram combines the offerings of several departments, such as art, economics, history, foreign languages, political science, religion and sociology and anthropology.
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British Communication & Media
Dr. Renee Staton, Coordinator, School of Media Arts & Design
The interdisciplinary British Communication and Media Minor enables students to expand their knowledge of communication and media in Great Britain, and to enhance their appreciation of the impact culture has on communication and media. Students must participate in JMU's Semester or Summer In London program to complete this minor.

Classical Studies
Dr. Stephen Chappell, Coordinator, Department of History
The minor in Classical Studies introduces students to the literature, culture, philosophy, history, and languages of Greco-Roman civilization. The requirement is successful completion of 24 credit hours chosen from the following courses offered by participating departments. Students who take Latin or Greek can apply up to 12 credit hours to the minor.
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Creative Writing
Laurie Kutchins, Coordinator, Department of English
The interdisciplinary minor in creative writing is designed to give students an opportunity to develop their writing talents across a number of literary forms and communication contexts. By developing course selections in poetry, fiction and essay writing matched with those in stage and screenplay writing, students may tailor the program to suit a variety of artistic goals and professional objectives.
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Film Studies
Dr. Kevin Reynolds, Coordinator, School of Media Arts and Design
The minor in film studies is designed for students who wish to extend their critical understanding of visual communication and narrative form by studying how movies tell stories, convey information and influence audiences. Because the program is interdisciplinary, it examines films as both art and entertainment, bringing together the literary traditions of English and the communication perspectives of media arts and design.

Historical Archaeology
Dr. Julie Solometo, Co-Coordinator, Department of Sociology/Anthropology
Dr. Gabrielle Lanier, Co-Coordinator, History
While open to all majors at JMU, the minor in historical archaeology is designed as a complement to existing majors in anthropology and history, though it should be of interest to students in art history, museum studies and administration. While guided by the theoretical underpinnings of history and anthropology, the minor in historical archaeology is highly field and research oriented. Students enrolling in the program should anticipate courses that require significant effort outside the classroom. The minor requires a minimum of 23 credit hours.

Humanitarian Affairs
Dr. Mary Tacy, Co-Coordinator, Department of Integrated Science and Technology
Dr. Sarah O'Connor, Co-Coordinator, Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication
The interdisciplinary 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. More information.
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Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Dr. William Van Norman, Coordinator, Department of History
This minor allows students to acquire a deeper understanding of Latin America. Students are encouraged to explore the possibility of studying in a Latin American country for a semester or summer session. More information.
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Logic and Reasoning
Dr. Thomas Adajian, Co-Coordinator, Department of Philosophy and Religion
Dr. Tracy Lupher, Co-Coordinator, Department of Philosophy and Religion
The minor brings together several disciplines — philosophy, mathematics, computer science — that take logic as part of  their subject matter, as well as part of their method. The minor emphasizes the core logical elements that are common across disciplines and shows how to apply these common logical concepts and tools in different domains. More information.
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Medieval & Renaissance Studies
Dr. Peter Eubanks, Coordinator, Department of Foreign Language
The minor focuses on the period from the fall of Rome (5th Century C.E.) to 1700. Students can take courses in Art History, English, History, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, and a range of languages (Arabic, French, Spanish, German, Italian, and Latin as well as medieval languages such as Old English and Middle English) in the original or in translation. Students may focus on either the medieval or the Renaissance periods or combine coursework in both Periods. More information.
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Middle Eastern Communities and Migrations
Dr. Shah Mahmoud Hanifi, Coordinator, Department of History
The Middle Eastern Communities and Migrations minor concentrates on social and political issues involving Muslim, Christian and Jewish populations in their own right and in relation to one another in the territory between the Nile and Indus rivers during the modern period. The program is also designed to accommodate consideration of other communities including Hindus, Turks and Mediterranean peoples in the larger area stretching from North Africa to Southeast Asia as well as Middle Eastern diaspora communities in Europe and the Americas from the ancient period to the present. More information.
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Modern European Studies
Dr. John Scherpereel, Coordinator, Department of Political Science
The minor in Modern European Studies provides an interdisciplinary understanding of social dynamics in Europe from the Enlightenment (18th century) through the present. Students enrolling in the minor will gain proficiency in at least one European language and will explore European history, politics, society, culture, and thought. They will develop a wide-ranging appreciation of this important and dynamic world region. More information.
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Political Communication
Dr. Valerie Sulfaro, Coordinator, Department of Political Science
The program in political communication is designed for those students wishing to supplement their major programs with an emphasis on communication skills, knowledge and abilities specifically relevant to participation in political environments.

Robotics
Dr. Ralph Grove, Coordinator, Department of Computer Science
The minor is intended to offer STEM majors and other students with an interest in science and technology a fundamental understanding of scientific and technical issues involved in the design, construction and application of robots.

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Russian Studies
Dr. Stephany Plecker, Co-Coordinator; Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Dr. Maria Galmarini, Co-Coordinator, History
This minor offers students a broad, interdisciplinary perspective on Russian culture, history, political institutions, economy and geography. This program deepens the students' understanding and knowledge of the Russian and non-Russian peoples of the former Soviet Union, and prepares them for careers in teaching, government and international business. More information.
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Science, Technology, & Society
Dr. Kevin Borg, Coordinator, Department of History
The minor in Science, Technology, and Society (STS) offers students the opportunity to critically examine science, technology, and medicine as expressions of human cultures, past and present. Students learn to scrutinize the ideas, values, and materials embedded in the world they inhabit today and to relate them to other times and places. They explore how choices made within various social, economic, and political structures influence the development of science, technology and medicine. They also see how the adoption and diffusion of ideas, artifacts and techniques can then influence individuals, society, politics, and culture. Courses in this minor draw students together from diverse majors across the campus and encourage open inquiry into the role of science and technology in society. More information.
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Women's and Gender Studies
Dr. Jessica Davidson, Coordinator, Department of History
The Women's Studies minor is an 18 credit hour interdisciplinary program that explores the scholarship related to gender and equity issues. This minor includes one required course, WMST 200. The remainder of the program incorporates many academic fields. More information.
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