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Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies (B.S.)

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Concentrations: For Inclusive Early Childhood (preK-3 and birth-5 special education) Elementary (preK-6), Middle (6-8) and Special Education licensure

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 CourseVCCS CourseRBC CourseNotes
WRTC 103ENG 112English 101
SCOM 121, 122, or 123CST 100 or CST 105 or CST 110 or CST 115Speech 101 or 201
ENG 235, 236, 247, 248, 239, or 260ENG 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 257English 202, 203, 204, 205, or 206
HIST 101, 102 HIS 111, 112No equivalentMiddle Education requires only HIST 102 (HIS 112)
HIST 225HIS 121 and 122History 201 and 202Middle Education requires either HIST 225 or POSC 225
POSC 225PLS 130 or PLS 135 or PLS 211Government 201Middle Education requires either POSC 225 or HIST 225
ECON 200 or 201ECO 201 or ECO 202Economics 201 or 202Middle Education requires ECON 200 (VCCS - ECO 201; RBC - Economics 201)
GEOG 280 or ANTH 195GEO 210 or GEO 221 or GEO 222 or SOC 210 or SOC 211 or SOC 212Geography 103Not required for Middle Education
PSYC 160PSY 230 or PSY 231 and 232Psychology 250
HTH 100HLT 110 or HLT 116 or HLT 160Health 225 or Physical Education 109 or 117
MATH 207MTH 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 241No equivalentCredit 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 164CHM 100 or CHM 101 or CHM 110 or PHY 100 or PHY 101 or PHY 121 or PHY 201Chemistry 101, 101L
ISCI 161 and 162GOL 105 or GOL 106 or GOL 110No equivalent
ISCI 165 and 166BIO 101 or BIO 105 or BIO 106 or BIO 145Biology 101, 101L
ISCI 104Credit is given for 104 (1-credit lab) through the above courses except for CHM 100 and 110.
EDUC 300 EDU 200No equivalent


Advising Notes

Please 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[1] 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.

[1] 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
Middle Education
Exceptional Education
Admission to Teacher Education
RTEA Curriculum Guides
JMU Major Guides for Virginia Community College Students