Commencement on the Quad
Foreign language is not a requirement for general admission to the university; however, some academic programs require a foreign language. Click here for information on JMU's foreign language requirements.
All transfer students, regardless of whether or not they have earned a transferable associate degree, are required to complete the JMU Honor Code Tutorial and Test. Click here for more information.
Students have a choice of earning a Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) in many, but not all, majors at JMU. It is important to understand which degree you are completing, because both the B.A. and B.S. degrees require additional course work beyond the major requirements.
Degree requirements for the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), Bachelor of Music (BM), and the Bachelor of Individualized Studies (BIS) are embedded within requirements for the major.
1. Intermediate proficiency in a foreign language. Any foreign language may count, but you must complete course work through the intermediate level (foreign language course 232 at JMU). Because it is a proficiency requirement, you may also place out of a language by completing the foreign language placement test once you are a matriculated JMU student.
Note: JMU does not grant credit for introductory levels of a foreign language if you completed two or more years of that language in high school. Click here for more information on foreign language requirements at JMU.
2. One philosophy course. Any philosophy course may count toward the B.A. degree, even a course that transfers as "PHIL 000" (an elective).
1. Quantitative requirement (one math course).
2. Scientific literacy requirement (one natural or social science course).
For a list of JMU courses that satisfy B.A. and B.S. degree requirements, click here. Courses which transfer as elective credit ("000") in the approved disciplines will also count toward degree requirements.
In many cases, general education courses may also be used to fulfill major requirements. In addition, degree requirements may also double-count as major requirements. However, degree and general education requirements must be taken separately and may not double-count.
Students with a JMU-approved transferable associate degree need the following to complete the B.A./B.S. degree requirements:
JMU requires a minimum of 120 credit hours for graduation. If you are offered admission to JMU, you must complete all prerequisite, major, program and degree requirements to graduate. You must also meet the following requirements:
For more information on graduation requirements, and to see a copy of the graduation checklist, click here.