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JMUTeach is an experimental program that allows James Madison University undergraduates to propose, initiate, and facilitate their own classes. The program mission is to engage students in a unique and meaningful class experience with their peers that will enrich their lives and the James Madison University campus.  

Empowering your education.

JMU undergraduates Dan Smolkin and Sandra Tran initiated this program in the fall of 2009 after they learned about similar programs at the University of California at Berkeley and Carnegie Mellon University. Over the course of the 2009-2010 academic year, they developed their proposal with input from the Provost’s Office, Academic Council, University Studies, various faculty and staff members, and fellow students. The program is housed in University Studies because of its interdisciplinary, cross-college nature.

The pilot formally began in the Fall 2010 semester with the initial course proposal and selection process. Four students (Cohort # 1) were chosen in December 2010 from a pool of 33 applicants.  For more information about the JMUTeach program, please visit its website at

Questions? Contact Molly Hoffmaster (, or Dr. Herb Amato, Associate Vice Provost for University Programs (

Please note the following:

All JMUteach courses are one credit, elective only offerings.

All JMUTeach courses are offered on a credit/no credit basis. Under existing university policy, students may only enroll for credit/no credit courses if they have a GPA of 2.25 or higher.