The minimum requirement for a minor in English is 18 credit hours.
At least nine hours must be taken in courses at the 300 level
or above. A General Education required course cannot double count
towards the English minor. A minor in English does not meet requirements
for Secondary Teaching Licensure. Interested students may submit the declaration of minor form to the English department.
The following popular minors may usefully inform a student's program of study in English:
The Africana Studies minor broadens students' world perspectives by enhancing their acquaintance with and understanding of the peoples, cultures and institutions of Africa and the African Diaspora. For more information, contact Dr. Lamont King, who coordinates the Africana Studies minor.
The minor in American Studies is designed to foster
an understanding of the whole of American culture through study
in a variety of fields and topics. Students will select courses
in three groups—Multicultural, Ideas and the Arts, and
History and Politics—and from fields including literature,
history, the fine arts, philosophy, and the social sciences.
The American Studies program is a flexible one that students
can adapt according to their own individual interests and needs while
exploring the interrelationships among diverse aspects of American
culture and its changing ideas and values.
For more information, contact Dr. Laura Henigman, who coordinates the American Studies minor.
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.
This checklist specifies requirements in the Creative Writing Minor.
For more information, contact Laurie Kutchins, who coordinates the creative writing minor.
The interdisciplinary 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.
For more information, contact Dr. Kevin Reynolds, who coordinates the film studies minor.
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
The Medieval and Renaissance Studies minor focuses on the period from the fall of Rome (5th century C.E.) to 1700. The minor allows students to 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.
For more information, contact Dr. Peter Eubanks (French) , who coordinates the Medieval and Renaissance Studies minor.
The undergraduate program in Secondary Education
provides students with the courses and experiences
that afford the required foundation for admission to the Master of
Arts in Teaching (MAT Program). Completion of the MAT program is
required for licensure in secondary education at JMU. The Secondary
Education MAT program prepares individuals for initial licensure
to teach students in grades 6-12. Undergraduate students who are
planning to pursue licensure to teach at the
secondary level should complete the 22 credit pre-professional
program in education. Students should also complete a major or
the equivalent in one of the arts and sciences disciplines closely
associated with the desired teaching area.
For more information, contact Dr. Steve Purcell, Department Head, Middle, Secondary, and Mathematics Education.
Women’s and Gender Studies
The women's and gender studies minor is an 18-credit-hour interdisciplinary
program that explores the scholarship related to gender and equity
issues as they affect women. Program objectives include:
Helping students develop an interdisciplinary perspective on women
and on society's construction of
Exploring the extent to which gender affects access to opportunity,
power, and resources
Enhancing community awareness and sensitivity within the university
to the experiences and contributions
Fostering and facilitating research and scholarship on women and
For more information, contact Dr. Mary Thompson (English) or Dr. Jessica Davidson (History), co-coordinators of the women's studies minor.
The undergraduate minor in World Literature gives students the
opportunity to broaden their understanding of and experiences
in different cultures of the world by examining the literatures
of these cultures. By exploring various literary traditions,
students will better understand how literature reflects culture
and deepen their appreciation for the diversity of global cultures. Additional information is available via the Undergraduate Catalogue or via the minor's website. The minor coordinator is Dr. Debali Mookerjea-Leonard.
For additional details on other minor programs at JMU, consult the list of minors in the Undergraduate catalogue or contact Cross disciplinary studies.