Current Honors Courses
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Previous course offerings
The offerings and requirements of the JMU Honors Program bear a close relationship to those of the University. The Honors curriculum is not harder courses with more work, but an increased opportunity to cultivate habits of critical thinking, communication, creative expression and independent thought through smaller classes taught by exceptional faculty. Most Honors courses are limited to 20 students. There are several types of Honors classes:
Honors sections of regular university courses
These courses appear in the Schedule of Classes with a normal departmental designator and number followed by an H (e.g., POSC 320H). Honors courses with a G prefix (e.g., GENG 102H) also meet General Education requirements. These courses may count toward General Education requirements, major requirements, or elective credits. They cover the essential content of the regular non-Honors courses (as described in the university catalog), but also include a breadth of experience appropriate to Honors study (e.g., greater use of primary sources, more fully developed theoretical background, some integration of interdisciplinary perspectives and more creative learning methodologies including added emphasis on discussion, writing, research and active learning experiences away from the classroom). These courses encourage creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, and deeper intellectual inquiry.
Special Cluster Two Honors sequence
This special two-course sequence, Global Cities, allows freshmen Honors students to complete the nine-credit Cluster Two General Education requirement with only six credits. GHON 202E (fall) and 201E (spring) are open to first-year students only.
Unique, interdisciplinary courses designed specifically for the Honors Program. These courses explore a range of complex topics that deal with contemporary issues in society, multicultural and comparative studies, and advanced applications in business and the natural and social sciences. Seminars are designed to be flexible small classes that may reflect unique, sometimes experimental, styles of teaching. The seminars carry an HON prefix (e.g., HON 200B). They are offered at the 200 and 300 levels.
Allow students to earn Honors credit for a non-Honors upper level (200 or above) JMU course not regularly offered as an Honors course.
Students receive course credit for the Senior Honors Project by registering for three consecutive 499 courses beginning in the third year. These courses are offered through the student's major.
Special Honors seminars offered as 6-credit hour study abroad programs.
Optional three-semester programs organized around a theme. Students gain theoretical background and practical experience in one of the following areas: global studies; leadership; research; service. Consists of two 3-credit hour seminars and a 1-3 hour practicum. Open to sophomores only.