Concentrations: Philosophy, Interdisciplinary Philosophy, Religion, Interdisciplinary Religion. See course notes for recommendations by concentration.

Major requirements and their VCCS equivalents (and RBC equivalents if applicable)

JMU Course: PHIL 101

  • VCCS equivalents: PHI 100 or PHI 101 or PHI 102 or PHI 200 or PHI 211 or PHI 212
  • RBC equivalents: PHIL 101
  • NOTE: Not required for Philosophy, but serves as a prerequisite for some upper-division PHIL courses. 

JMU Course: PHIL 218

  • VCCS equivalents: PHI 265
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent
  • NOTE: For Interdisciplinary Philosophy and Religion

JMU Course: PHIL 250

  • VCCS equivalents: PHI 112
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent
  • NOTE: For Philosophy

JMU Course: PHIL 262

  • VCCS equivalents: PHI 225 or PHI 227
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent
  • NOTE: For Philosophy

JMU Course: REL 101

  • VCCS equivalents: REL 230 or REL 231 and 232
  • RBC equivalents: REL 209
  • NOTE: For Religion

JMU Course: REL 201

  • VCCS equivalents: REL 200
  • RBC equivalents: REL 219
  • NOTE: For Religion

JMU Course: REL 202

  • VCCS equivalents: REL 210 or REL 215
  • RBC equivalents: REL 220
  • NOTE: For Religion

JMU Course: REL 305

  • VCCS equivalents: REL 233
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent
  • NOTE: For Religion

JMU Course: REL 340

  • VCCS equivalents: REL 246 or 247
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent
  • NOTE: For Religion

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. Most students will be able to finish the major in two years.
2. The B.A. degree requires intermediate proficiency in a foreign language and a philosophy course. The philosophy requirement can double-count with major requirements, so philosophy majors will automatically meet it by following the major. Religion majors may need to take one extra philosophy course, depending on courses transferred. Please note that JMU does not grant transfer credit for the 101-102 levels of a foreign language that a student studied for two or more years in high school.

For more information:

Major Snapshot
Department of Philosophy and Religion     
Career Guide to JMU Majors: Philosophy and Religion

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