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Course Requirements

The minor in humanitarian studies is open to all undergraduate students at JMU. Three of the required 18 credit hours must consist of HUMN 201. In addition, students are strongly encouraged to choose HUMN 490 as three of the other fifteen credits hours needed to complete the minor. The international experience must be one that will enhance the student’s knowledge of humanitarian issues and be approved by the humanitarian affairs minor coordinators. This experience can be completed abroad or with an international organization in the United States.

Core Requirements

Credit Hours

HUMN 201. Introduction to Humanitarian Affairs

            3

Choose five of the following, with no more than two from any single discipline:

            15

HUMN/GEOG 301. Introduction to Natural Disasters

           

HUMN 350. Topics in Humanitarian Assistance

           

HUMN/GEOG 360. GIS for Humanitarian Assistance

           

HUMN 490. Humanitarian Affairs Field Experience1

           

ANTH/SOCI 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 323. Geography of Human Genetics and Infectious Disease

           

GEOG 335. Geography of Africa

           

GEOG 339. Geography of the Caribbean

           

GEOG 345. Geography of Poverty

           

GEOG 375. Political Geography

           

ISAT 459. Awareness and Understanding of Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Weapons of Mass Destruction

           

JUST 235. Justice in the Global Community

           

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

           

POSC 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

           

SCOM 331. Communication and Conflict

           

SCOM 332. Mediation

           

SCOM/JUST 333. Negotiations

           

SCOM 334. Alternative Dispute Resolution

           

SCOM 371. Talking Through Tough Cases: Ethical Principles and Practices in Communication Studies

           

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 484. Writing for Nonprofits

           

WRTC 486. Writing in the Community

           


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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.