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Humanitarian Affairs

The cross disciplinary humanitarian affairs minor provides students with a global perspective on the major humanitarian crises facing the human community today. Students will investigate the impacts of natural disasters, disease, hunger and famine, poverty, conflict, and national and international policies on the welfare of human communities around the world. They will also explore solutions to various humanitarian crises and evaluate the problems of practicing humanitarianism in the world today. Students will become acquainted with the organizations that address these crises and the challenges they face. Finally, students will acquire knowledge and skills that prepare them for careers in governmental and non-governmental organizations that address humanitarian issues. The minor in humanitarian studies is open to all undergraduate students at JMU.

Core Requirements

Credit Hours

HUMN 201. Introduction to Humanitarian Affairs


Choose five of the following, with no more than two from any single discipline:


HUMN/GEOG 301. Introduction to Natural Disasters


HUMN 350. Topics in Humanitarian Assistance


HUMN/GEOG 360. GIS for Humanitarian Assistance


HUMN 490. Humanitarian Affairs Field Experience1


ANTH/SOCI 313. Processes of Social and Cultural Change


ANTH 366. Anthropology of War


ANTH 373. Anthropological Perspectives on Environment and Development


BIO 354. Global Climate Change and Life: Ecological and Biological Impacts of Climate Variability


BIO 420. Medical Parasitology


ECON 270. International Economics


ENGR 360. Water in Africa, Technology, Education and Reciprocity


GEOG 215. Geospatial Tools I – Cartography and GIS


GEOG 280. Human Geography: The Cultural Landscape


GEOG 300. Population Geography


GEOG 322. Agricultural Systems and Global Food Production


GEOG 323. Geography of Human Genetics and Infectious Disease


GEOG 335. Geography of Africa


GEOG 339. Geography of the Caribbean


GEOG 345. Geography of Poverty


GEOG 375. Political Geography


ISAT 459. Awareness and Understanding of Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Weapons of Mass Destruction


JUST 235. Justice in the Global Community


JUST 341. Gender and Justice


JUST 345. Restorative Justice


JUST 357. Environmental Justice


JUST 375. Genocide in the 20th Century


JUST 377. Global Futures


JUST/POSC 392. Peace Studies


NPS 300. Introduction to Nonprofits


NUTR 380. Global Nutrition


POSC 200. Global Politics


POSC/JUST 331. Human Rights in Theory and Practice


POSC 340. Third World Development


POSC 347. Comparative Public Policy


POSC 348. The Politics of Cultural Pluralism


POSC 395. International Law


POSC 396. International Organizations


POSC 397. Politics of International Economic Relations


PSYC 460. Community Psychology in Developing Societies


SCOM 331. Communication and Conflict


SCOM 332. Mediation


SCOM/JUST 333. Negotiations


SCOM 334. Alternative Dispute Resolution


SCOM 371. Talking Through Tough Cases: Ethical Principles and Practices in Communication Studies


SOWK 288. Social Welfare


SOWK/SOCI 348. Introduction to Developing Societies


SOWK 375. Grant Writing for Agencies


WRTC 314. Writing in the Public Sphere


WRTC 484. Writing for Nonprofits


WRTC 486. Writing in the Community



1 When used for credit in the humanitarian affairs minor, the international experience must be approved and supervised by the minor coordinator or designated faculty member.