Minor in Asian Studies

The purpose of this interdisciplinary program is to broaden the students' perspective by enhancing their understanding and appreciation of Asian culture and institutions. This program combines the offerings of several departments, such as art, economics, history, foreign languages, political science, religion, and sociology and anthropology.

The minimum requirement for a minor in Asian studies is 18 credit hours. These 18 hours must include six hours of HIST 273, Asia to 1600, and HIST 274, Modern Asia. With the approval of the adviser to the program seven to eight hours of either Chinese or Japanese language may be included in the minor.

For further information on the Asian studies minor, students should contact Dr. Chong-kun Yoon, Department of History, Jackson Hall, Room 220.

Minor Requirements Hours
HIST 273. Asia to 1600 1 3
HIST 274. Modern Asia 1 3
Choose from the following: 12
ANTH 197. Archaeology(three credits)
ANTH 380. Chinese and Japanese Society
and Culture (three credits)
ARTH 302. Far Eastern Art (three credits)
CHIN 101. Elementary Chinese (four credits)
CHIN 102. Elementary Chinese (four credits)
CHIN 231-232. Intermediate Chinese (six credits)
CHIN 265. Chinese Literature in Translation
(three credits) 1
ECON 312. Comparative Economic Systems
(three credits)
FL 490. Elementary Japanese (four credits)
FL 490I. Intermediate Japanese (three credits)
GEOG 349. Geography of East Asia (three credits)
HIST 371. India (three credits)
HIST 460. Modern Japan (three credits)
HIST 480. Modern China (three credits)
POSC 339. Politics of Communist and
Post-Communist Systems (three credits)
POSC 340. Political Development in the
Third World (three credits)
POSC 355. East Asian Politics (three credits)
REL 310. Religions of India (three credits)
REL 312. Religions of East Asia (three credits)
REL/PHIL 385. Buddhist Thought (three credits)

1 Also acceptable for liberal studies credit.

Minor in Criminal Justice

The interdisciplinary minor in criminal justice is designed for students who are preparing for careers in law enforcement, corrections or judicial administration at various governmental levels, either directly upon graduation or after further graduate training in the field. The requirement for a minor in criminal justice is 24 credit hours of courses including:

Minor Requirements Hours
POSC 101. Advisory in Public Affairs 1
POSC 215. Introduction to Criminal Justice 4
POSC 327. Criminal Law 3
POSC 328. Criminal Procedure 3
PSYC 335. Abnormal Psychology 3
SOCI 325. Criminology 3
Senior Experience (choose one of the following): 1 4
POSC 480. Senior Tutorial in Criminal Justice
POSC 482/SOCI 482. Senior Seminar in
Criminal Justice
POSC 495/497. Internship
PUAD 496. Internship
Electives (choose one of the following): 3
POSC 326. Civil Rights
POSC 329. Criminal Investigation and Evidence
SOCI 327. Juvenile Delinquency
SOCI 330. Corrections
PUAD 410. Administration in Criminal Justice

1Prerequisite: Includes POSC 101 and a three-credit research methods course in political science, psychology, sociology or the equivalent thereof.

For further information and advisement regarding the criminal justice minor, students should contact Marion T. Doss, Department of Political Science, Maury Hall, Room 207.

Minor in Latin American Studies

This concentration is designed for students who wish to acquire a deeper understanding of Latin America. In addition to meeting the B.A. degree language requirement in Spanish, the Latin American studies minor consists of a minimum of 18 hours (of which six must include HIST 267-268) selected from the courses listed. Students should select courses in at least two disciplines other than the major and are encouraged to explore the possibility of studying in a Latin American country for a semester or summer session.

For additional information, contact Dr. Frank Gerome, Department of History, Jackson Hall, Room 211.

Minor Requirements Hours
HIST 267. History of Latin America 3
HIST 268. Contemporary Latin America 3
Choose from the following: 12
ANTH 325. Aztec, Maya and Their Predecessors
ANTH 385. Peoples and Cultures of Latin America
ANTH 490. Special Studies in Anthropology
ECON 312. Comparative Economic Systems
ECON 365. Economic Development
ECON 370. International Trade and Trade Policies
ECON 372. International Finance and Payments
ECON 490. Special Studies in Economics
FL 490. Special Studies in Foreign Languages (Spanish)
GEOG 337. Geography of Latin America
GEOG 490. Special Studies in Geography
HIST 399. Special Studies in History
HIST 445. Latin America and the United States
HIST 446. Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean
HIST 447. South America
POSC 350. Latin American Politics
POSC 490. Senior Tutorial in Political Science
SOCI/ANTH/SOWK 348. Third World Societies
SOCI 352. Introduction to Population Studies
SOCI 490. Special Studies in Sociology
SPAN 300. Spanish Conversation and Composition
SPAN 308. Latin American Civilization
SPAN 315. Spanish Phonetics
SPAN 330. Business Spanish
SPAN 400. Advanced Conversation
SPAN 415. The Spanish-American Novel

Minor in Political Communication

The interdisciplinary minor in political communication is designed to provide students with conceptual, practical and applied knowledge in the fields of public and private interest group activity and political campaigns. It is designed for students interested in pursuing careers in political management.

Minor Requirements Hours
POSC 225. United States Government 4
SCOM 240. Process of Human Communication 3
SCOM 452. Political Communication 3
POSC/SCOM/SMAD 472. Media and Politics 3
POSC/SCOM 495. Internship 3-4
Choose one of the following: 3
POSC 302. State and Local Government
POSC 360. Urban Politics
Choose one of the following concentrations: 6
Interest Group Concentration
POSC 368. Interest Groups and Public Policy
SCOM 352. Communication and Social Movements
Political Campaigns Concentration
POSC 365. American Political Campaigning
SCOM 453. Political Communication Methods

For further information please contact the Department of Political Science or the School of Speech Communication.

Minor in Public Administration

See the program description under the Department of Political Science.

Minor in Russian Studies

This minor is designed for students who wish to acquire a deeper understanding of the former Soviet Union. The minimum requirement for a minor in Russian studies is 18 hours which may be drawn from the following courses:

GEOG 348. Geography of the U.S.S.R.
HIST 385. Russia to 1855
HIST 386. Russia Since 1855
HIST 475. Soviet Russia
POSC 337. Russian Political System
POSC 338. Russian Foreign Policy
POSC 339. Politics of Communist and Post-Communist Systems
RUS 265-266. Russian Literature in Translation
RUS 300. Russian Conversation and Composition
RUS 308. Introduction to Russian Civilization
RUS 315. Russian Phonetics
RUS 320. Advanced Russian Grammar
RUS 405. Russian Literature of the 19th Century
RUS 426. Russian Literature of the 20th Century
Choose one of the following:
ECON 490. Special Studies in Economics
FL 490. Special Studies in Foreign Languages (Russian)
GEOG 490. Special Studies in Geography
HIST 399. Special Studies in History
POSC 490. Senior Tutorial in Political Science
SOCI 490. Special Studies in Sociology

With the approval of the adviser to the program, six to eight hours of Russian language may be included in the minor. For further information concerning the program, contact Dr. Mary Louise Loe, Department of History, or Dr. Elizabeth B. Neatrour, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

Minor in Urban and Regional Studies

The minor in urban and regional studies is designed for students who are preparing for careers or graduate training in the field of government. While satisfying the B.A. or B.S. requirements of their chosen major, students may complement that major with a minor in urban and regional studies. The minor requires 24 hours.

ECON 475. Regional Economics 3
GEOG 410. Urban Geography 3
POSC 360. Urban Politics 3
SOCI 265. Sociology of the Community 3
Choose from the following:1 12
ECON 326. Public Finance (three credits)
ECON 340. Economics of Natural Resources
(three credits)
FIN 210. Principles of Real Estate (three credits)
GEOG 315. Field Studies (three credits)
GEOL/GEOG 310A-D. Environmental Impact (two-three credits)
GEOL 340. Soil and Land Use (three credits)
POSC 302. State and Local Government (three credits)
POSC 495. Internship in Political Science (four credits)
SOCI 352. Introduction to Population Studies (three credits)
SOCI 361. Bureaucracy and Society (three credits)

1 Must be in a discipline other than the student's major.

Information and preliminary advising are available by contacting Dr. Joseph Enedy, Center for Geographic Information Sciences, Miller Hall, Room 137.

Minor in Women's Studies

The women's studies minor is an 18-credit-hour interdisciplinary program which explores the scholarship related to gender and equity issues as they affect women. This minor includes two required courses.

WMST 200. Introduction to Women's Studies
WMST 400. Issues and Research in Women's Studies

The remainder of the program is selected from a designated list of classes representing a number of academic fields. Included in this list are the following courses:

ECON 306. Economics of Women and the Family
ENG 365. Women's Literature
ENG 465. Women's Studies
HIST 320. Women in United States History
HIST 321. European Women's History
HIST 466. The Family, 1400-1800
REL 315. Women and Religion
SCOM 313. Women and Communication (special topics)
SOCI 337. Male and Female Sex Roles
SOCI 495. Sociology of Women (special topics)
WMST 490. Special Studies in Women's Studies
WMST 495. Special Topics in Women's Studies

For additional information about the women's studies minor program, contact Dr. Violet Allain, coordinator, Roop Hall, Room 326.

Pre-professional Programs

Pre-law Program

Students who plan to apply to law school may select their major from a wide range of fields, depending upon their interests. The scope of the law is broad and offers room for individuals of varied educational and intellectual backgrounds. The students' total programs should provide them with broad informational and cultural preparation and should help them in developing their reasoning abilities.

Certain courses are of value as preparation for legal study. These include courses in communication, including composition, language and speech, which enable students to express themselves well; in the liberal arts, including work in the humanities and social sciences, which help them appreciate and perform effectively in their culture and society; in logic, mathematics and the natural sciences, which develop skills of fact discrimination, analysis and synthesis; and in accounting.

Students interested in the pre-law program should contact Dr. David K. Jeffrey, Associate Provost. Students may also contact Dr. Arthur J. Hamilton, Department of Finance and Business law. Students may join the Prelegal Society to participate in law-related activities.

Pre-theology Program

The pre-theology program is designed for students who plan to enter professional schools of religion after graduation from the university (divinity schools, seminaries, theological schools, etc.). These professional schools prepare the student for a variety of careers, such as ministry, religious education, religious youth work and others. The program at JMU will provide excellent preparation not only for acceptance at these schools but also for enriched professional training.

A student in this program may major in any field he or she chooses, although the American Association for Theological Schools recommends substantial preprofessional training in philosophy and religion. This professional accrediting agency also recommends a broad background in English language and literature; history (American and European); both the physical and the life sciences; the social sciences (particularly psychology, anthropology and sociology); the fine arts; biblical and modern languages; and, of course, religion, including the Bible, history of religious traditions and theology.

Students interested in the pre-theology program should contact Dr. William W. Thomas, professor of philosophy and religion, for more information and a suggested program of study. Students are invited to join the Society of Philosophy and Religion and participate in its activities. This program is nondenominational and nonsectarian.

Interdisciplinary and International Liberal Studies Courses

Interdisciplinary courses in liberal studies are designed to offer the student areas of interest that involve two or more disciplines in the humanities and the arts. Some of these courses are team taught; others reflect the combined interest of at least two disciplines in a specific problem.

International Liberal Studies

International liberal studies courses are courses coordinated by JMU faculty members as part of each of the four programs set in London, Florence, Paris or Salamanca, Spain. These courses have experimental, cultural, literary and historical components involving the student in a appreciation of the richness in the area in which they are pursuing other courses in institutions of higher education. (See Semester Abroad courses, pages 308-310).

ILS 290. Selected Topics in International Liberal Studies
LS 200. The Ages of Pericles
LS 240. Aesthetic Values in American Society
LS 300. History of Modern Science
LS 310. The British Foundations of Modern Science

Resource and Service Centers

Archaeology Collection

The archaeology collection contains prehistoric and historic material culture excavated at numerous Virginia archaeological sites as well as an extensive library collection of site reports, artifact identification guides and maps. Artifact study collections spanning the 12,000 year occupation of Virginia's Ridge and Valley Province are also being developed for teaching and research purposes. For further information, contact Dr. William Boyer, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, (540) 568­6171.

Center for Public Broadcasting/WMRA-WMRL-WMRY

The Center for Public Broadcasting supports the goals of the College of Arts and Letters in meeting the objectives of James Madison University while serving the public radio listeners in the Shenandoah Valley.

The Center for Public Broadcasting encompasses WMRA-FM, a 10,500-watt noncommercial public radio station; WMRY, a 280-watt Crozet translator station; WMRL, a 100-watt Lexington repeater station and a 45-watt Winchester translator station. All stations are licensed to the James Madison University Board of Visitors. WMRA/WMRL/WMRY is an affiliate of the National Public Radio, the Virginia Public Radio Association and the Associated Press. The station broadcasts 19 hours per day, year-round and also operates a radio reading service for the print-impaired. Companies, organizations and private citizens donate more than 32 percent of the center's yearly budget. Shenandoah Valley residents and JMU students, working in all facets of the station's operation, volunteer more than 5,000 hours annually.

WMRA/WMRL/WMRY offers in-depth coverage of state and local news, the NPR news programs Morning Edition and All Things Considered, and both classical and folk music. For additional information contact Thomas DuVal, general manager, at (540) 568­6221.

Media Production Center

The Media Production Center is a professional media production complex housing a three-camera color studio. Broadcast quality electronic editing and portable electronic field production equipment are also available to students in the School of Media Arts and Design. The primary purpose of the center is to provide a realistic training environment for students seeking careers in television stations and corporate, educational and commercial production facilities. Training and experience take the form of

For additional information contact Robert M. Starr, director, at (540) 568­6374.

Annual Events

Arts and Sciences Symposium

Each fall the Arts and Sciences Symposium has continued a tradition of bringing to the JMU campus quality speakers and other related events which center on a given theme. Topics of the past three years have been "Jazz" (1995); "Ethics and Technology" (1994) and "Justice" (1993). For further information call the Office of the Provost at (540) 568­6472.

History Day

Each spring JMU hosts the regional competition for National History Day. The contest is open to students in grades six through 12, with categories including media presentations, performances and historical papers. Judging and comments are provided by professional historians. Winners at the state level participate in the National History Day Competition at the University of Maryland in June. For further information contact Dr. Steven Guerrier or Dr. Jacqueline Walker at the Department of History at (540) 568­6132.

Visiting Scholars Program

The Visiting Scholars Committee organizes campus visits during the year by 12-15 people who have made significant contributions in their fields. The scholars, who represent a wide variety of disciplines, expose students and faculty members to different perspectives and encourage intellectual exploration. During a visit, a scholar meets with at least one group of students in a class or informal setting and gives a public presentation and discussion of his or her work. For further information, contact Dr. David K. Jeffrey, Harrison Hall, Room A110, (540) 568­6472.

Masterpiece Season

Each year the college and its performing/visual arts units present a variety of cultural events for JMU and the entire university community. The Schools of Art and Art History, Music, and Theatre and Dance all take an active role in this series. In addition to highlighting the talents of JMU faculty and students, Masterpiece Season produces visiting artist programs titled the Encore Series and the Family Series. In recent years Masterpiece Season has featured such artists as Mel Torme, Wynton Marsalis, the Harlem Boys Choir, the Richmond Ballet and the Red Star/Red Army Chorus and Dance Ensemble. To purchase tickets or to obtain ticket information, call (540) 568­7000.

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1996-97 Undergraduate Catalog
Last reviewed: 30 November 1996
Information Publisher: Division of Academic Affairs
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