Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies (B.S.)
Major requirements and their VCCS equivalents (and RBC equivalents if applicable)
NOTE: The word "AND" between VCCS course numbers indicate JMU credit will be awarded for the completion of the VCCS sequence.
|JMU Course||VCCS Course||RBC Course||Notes|
|WRTC 103||ENG 112||English 101|
|SCOM 121, 122, or 123||CST 100 or CST 105 or CST 110 or CST 115||Speech 101 or 201|
|ENG 235, 236, 247, 248, 239, or 260||ENG 241 or ENG 242 or ENG 243 or ENG 244 or ENG 245 or ENG 246 or ENG 251 or ENG 252 or ENG 253 or ENG 255 or ENG 257||English 202, 203, 204, 205, or 206|
|HIST 101, 102||HIS 111, 112||No equivalent||Middle Education requires only HIST 102 (HIS 112)|
|HIST 225||HIS 121 and 122||History 201 and 202||Middle Education requires either HIST 225 or POSC 225|
|POSC 225||PLS 130 or PLS 135 or PLS 211||Government 201||Middle Education requires either POSC 225 or HIST 225|
|ECON 200 or 201||ECO 201 or ECO 202||Economics 201 or 202||Middle Education requires ECON 200 (VCCS - ECO 201; RBC - Economics 201)|
|GEOG 280 or ANTH 195||GEO 210 or GEO 221 or GEO 222 or SOC 210 or SOC 211 or SOC 212||Geography 103||Not required for Middle Education|
|PSYC 160||PSY 230 or PSY 231 and 232||Psychology 250|
|HTH 100||HLT 110 or HLT 116 or HLT 160||Health 225 or Physical Education 109 or 117|
|MATH 207||MTH 151 and 157, or MTH 151 and 240, or MTH 151 and 241, or MTH 152 and 157, or MTH 152 and 240, or MTH 152 and 241||No equivalent||Credit must be earned in both courses in order to meet the requirement.|
There are two additional math courses that IdLS majors must take at JMU: MATH 107 and 108, Fundamentals of Math I-II.
See note #3 for students interested in the Math/Science or Mathematics concentration.
|ISCI 163 and 164||CHM 100 or CHM 101 or CHM 110 or PHY 100 or PHY 101 or PHY 121 or PHY 201||Chemistry 101, 101L|
|ISCI 161 and 162||GOL 105 or GOL 106 or GOL 110||No equivalent|
|ISCI 165 and 166||BIO 101 or BIO 105 or BIO 106 or BIO 145||Biology 101, 101L|
|ISCI 104||Credit is given for 104 (1-credit lab) through the above courses except for CHM 100 and 110.|
|EDUC 300||EDU 200||No equivalent|
Advising NotesPlease Read: This major guide is a list of all possible major courses offered in the Virginia Community College System. Not all courses may be offered at your community college, and you are not required to complete all these courses in order to transfer. Rather, it’s designed to help you meet JMU major requirements before you transfer, and be better prepared to progress through the major once you arrive at JMU. Please be sure to read the advising notes for additional information on the major.
1. Students must major in IDLS and complete a pre-professional education program in early or inclusive early childhood, elementary, middle or special education in order to meet licensure requirements. Middle education has slightly different requirements; check course notes above.
2. JMU has a Regional Teacher Education Agreement (RTEA) with Blue Ridge, Lord Fairfax, and Piedmont Virginia Community College. In addition, JMU participates in a state-wide agreement with the other Virginia community colleges. Students should contact a counselor at their college for specific information.
3. Students interested in the Math/Science or Mathematics concentrations may take the equivalent of MATH 235 (MTH 173 in the VCCS and Mathematics 201 at RBC) to satisfy the MATH 207 requirement. Students with the equivalent of MATH 235-236 (MTH 173-174 in the VCCS only) will not have to take MATH 108, 207 or 306 at JMU.
4. Students who transfer without a transferable associate degree may have to take additional courses to complete JMU's general education requirements.
 IDLS is the recommended major for special education, but students may choose a different major in consultation with their advisor.
For more information:Major Snapshot
Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies
Early, Elementary and Reading Education
Admission to Teacher Education
RTEA Curriculum Guides
JMU Major Guides for Virginia Community College Students