Honors Courses

The university offers honors sections in different departments and schools which set the criteria for admission to and the requirements for these honors sections. Information concerning these courses can be obtained from individual departments, schools or the Honors Program.

Honorary Societies

The following honorary and professional societies recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies maintain active chapters on the JMU campus:
Alpha Epsilon Delta (pre-medicine)
Golden Key National Honor Society
Kappa Delta Pi (education)
Omicron Delta Epsilon (economics)
Omicron Delta Kapp (scholarship and leadership)
Percy H. Warren Chapter of Mortar Board Honor Society
Phi Alpha Theta (history)
Phi Sigma Tau (philosophy)
Pi Sigma Alpha (political science)
Psi Chi (psychology)
Sigma Pi Sigma (physics)
Sigma Tau Delta (English)

Other honorary and professional societies at JMU include:
Alpha Epsilon Rho (broadcasting)
Alpha Kappa Psi (professional business society)
American Production and Inventory Control Society (resource management)
Beta Alpha Psi (accounting)
Beta Beta Beta (biology)
Beta Gamma Sigma (business)
Data Processing Management Association (information systems)
Delta Sigma Pi (professional business society)
Dobro Slovo (Russian studies)
Epsilon Chi Omicron (international business)
Eta Sigma Delta (hospitality and tourism management)
Eta Sigma Gamma (honorary)
Financial Management Association (finance)
Institute of Management Accountants (accounting)
Kappa Delta Pi (education)
Kappa Pi (art)
Mu Kappa Tau (marketing)
Order of Omega (Greek leadership)
Phi Beta Lambda (business)
Phi Chi Theta (business and economics)
Phi Epsilon Kappa (honorary)
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (music)
Pi Mu Epsilon (mathematics)
Pi Sigma Epsilon (marketing)
Rotaract (business)
Sigma Alpha Iota (music)
Sigma Phi Lambda (honorary)
Society for Collegiate Journalists
Society of Human Resources Management
Tau Beta Sigma (band)

International Education

Dr. Kathleen G. Arthur, Director

Semester Abroad Programs

Recognizing its responsibility to encourage international perspectives for James Madison University students, the university sponsors semesters abroad in Florence, London, Martinique, Paris and Salamanca (Spain). A new semester abroad in Honduras for health sciences students began this year. JMU students may experience life in a different culture and gain direct access to the historical, artistic and literary riches of the environment while pursuing an approved course of study toward the bachelor's degree.

The program is open to all students in good academic standing (applicants should have a GPA of 2.8 or above). Language requirements vary. For the Semester in Florence, at least one semester of Italian is strongly recommended but not required. Students must have completed FR 320, Advanced Grammar, before going to Martinique. Two years of college French are required for admission to the Paris program. Students applying for the Salamanca program where courses are taught in Spanish are expected to have completed SPAN 231-232 or the equivalent of intermediate Spanish. Students are required to take six hours of Italian, French or Spanish (respectively) during their semester abroad. Most programs are available during both fall and spring semesters. Students should participate prior to the final semester of their JMU career.

Students must select a minimum of 15 credit hours (at least three courses in addition to the six-credit language instruction in Florence, Paris and in Salamanca) and may enroll in a maximum of 18 credit hours. Course offerings vary from semester to semester since one course is taught by the rotating JMU faculty member in residence and others by the international faculty. The curriculum in each program addresses a broad spectrum of academic interests but is centered around a core appropriate to the special cultural resources of the city or country. Courses are generally taught twice weekly ­ once in the classroom and once "on site." Classes promote individual cognitive and affective learning through experiential methods, (e.g., studying drama by reading and then attending plays, art history by viewing and discussing original works of art in museums and galleries, political science by learning political institutions and then observing parliament in action.) These instructional activities are covered by the program's fees if the students are registered for academic credit in the courses.

Courses meet the requirements of the corresponding departments and schools and may satisfy some liberal studies requirements at JMU. A student also may arrange an independent study project with the approval and supervision of a JMU instructor in his or her major. Independent study projects also should be approved by the program directors who can judge the topic's appropriateness to the city and the student's language level. Several programs also offer International Liberal Studies 290, a course of directed study exploring the literature and cultural life of the city usually supervised by the faculty member in residence.

The programs' costs differ but all include tuition, housing, a basic food allowance, all course-related travel in Italy, England, Martinique, France or Spain (including extended weekend trips); instructional events such as theater, concerts, historical tours, guest lectures and some social activities. The programs' costs all exclude students' travel to and from the program site. Loans and scholarships apply, and minority scholarships, semester abroad scholarships and assistantships are available.

Students live in a central, convenient part of each city and have ready access to the faculty members in residence if any health problems or emergencies arise. Normal university or standard family health insurance covers the students in the Semester Abroad Program, and JMU retains a readily available consulting physician or provides a medical care plan in each city. Students interested in studying in Florence, London, Martinique, Paris and Salamanca should apply for both fall and spring semesters of the next academic year by Feb. 1. Priority deadlines are also established for spring and summer sessions.

International Exchange Programs

The university is committed to increasing the opportunities for students' global awareness. Numerous exchange programs with foreign schools and universities are available. Through the CIEE new programs have been developed in Ghana, Africa and Asia. Students interested in the culture of the Pacific Rim may study independently at the Chinese University of Hong Kong or Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan. Students interested in business areas may study at the European Business School near Frankfurt, Germany or affiliates in Dijon, France, and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Language requirements and curricula vary. Students should consult the Office of International Education, Paul Street House, for further information.

Applications for exchange programs with foreign universities are due Oct. 1 for the following academic year.

International Summer Travel/Study Courses

During the summer, many JMU departments and schools sponsor international courses and travel study classes. Specific course offerings and departments and schools vary from year to year. A typical schedule might include classes in Germany, France, Italy, Wales and Vietnam. Information regarding courses to be offered each summer can be obtained in the Office of International Education, Paul Street House.

International Internships

In an effort to add a different sort of international dimension to higher education in Virginia, the university has established an International Internship Program for Virginia students. Students from all Virginia institutions and Virginia residents enrolled at schools elsewhere may participate.

The program is designed primarily for third- and fourth-year students, recent graduates and graduate students. First- and second-year students are encouraged to begin planning their credit requirements and arranging finances so that they will be able to take advantage of this opportunity to work abroad for a semester. The internship positions are, for the most part, unpaid, though an increasing number of sponsors are offering some compensation to help offset living costs. Students are responsible for their own transportation, lodging, food, medical insurance and other personal expenses.

Interested students should contact the international internship coordinator, Paul Street House, for application materials and descriptions of the internships.

International Independent Study

Students may participate in other approved programs of study abroad. The university will accept credits earned abroad at approved institutions in accordance with its policy of accepting transfer credits. Approval of proposed study programs should be obtained from the heads of the departments in which the transfer credit will be awarded. A Permission to Take Courses for Transfer Credit Form should be submitted to the registrar's office. Semester abroad guides, brochures and transfer credit forms are available in the Office of International Education, Paul Street House.

Credit By Examination

College degrees represent growth and maturity in certain fundamental knowledge and skills rather than a mere accumulation of credit hours. In recognition of the fact that some persons may achieve academic competence through nontraditional means such as private study, technical employment or prior instruction, JMU endorses the concept of credit by examination. By permitting a student to earn credit by school and departmental examination for knowledge already gained, highly motivated or academically advanced persons are able to accelerate their program. It is the student's responsibility to ascertain what preparation and background are necessary for taking advantage of this means of acceleration, before attempting an examination.

General Policies

Programs for Improving Academic Skills

The university provides a variety of support services for students interested in improving their academic skills. These services address both academic performance and satisfaction. They are intended to assist students having academic difficulty, students wanting to improve the efficiency of their work, and students wanting to learn new and different approaches to their work. Any student who wishes to take advantage of these services may do so by contacting the relevant offices. Students may also be referred to one or more of these services by faculty members, academic advisers or the Counseling and Student Development Center.

There is no additional charge for these services.

Educational Skills Development Program

The Educational Skills Development Program provides students with the opportunity to assess their current study skills and to learn new strategies for improving the effectiveness and efficiency of, as well as the personal satisfaction associated with, their academic work. The program addresses such areas as how to organize study sessions, time management, test preparation, test taking strategies, lecture listening and note taking, reading comprehension and memory skills, concentration, motivation, and stress management. A student may work with an individual counselor, participate in groups which provide an intensive introduction to a range of skills, and/or attend any of a number of workshops that address specific topics. In addition, a student may choose to participate in a self-help academic skills certificate program. Students customize their own study improvement program from a variety of video, audio, written and experiential materials. A certificate of mastery is awarded upon successful completion of the program. A tutoring referral service is also available through the program. To participate in any of the services provided by the program or to learn more about the program, contact the Counseling and Student Development Center, Alumnae Hall, Room 208, (540) 568­6552.

Reading and Writing Labs

To support the university's efforts to help students succeed academically and professionally, the Reading and Writing Labs offer individualized help to any students wishing to improve their reading and writing skills. Instruction is coordinated, as much as possible, with class work to meet each student's specific need.

Freshmen may seek assistance in meeting the reading and writing requirements of any course. Upperclassmen may use the labs to increase reading speed and comprehension and to improve writing and grammar skills. Help is also available for students writing applications and letters. These labs are located in Harrison Hall, Rooms A125, A131 and A133.

Mathematics Support Laboratory

The Mathematics Support Laboratory offers assistance to students who wish to enhance their abilities with mathematical concepts and skills taught in 100-level and some 200-level mathematics courses. The laboratory, administered by the mathematics department, is located in Burruss Hall, Room 20.


Internships are available with the federal government as well as other governmental agencies and private entities. Students should contact the Office of Career Services or the appropriate department or school office to obtain additional information. Credit must be arranged in advance with the appropriate department head or school director and the Office of the Registrar.

JMU is affiliated with the Washington Center, which provides internships in the Washington, D.C. area. Information regarding Washington Center internships can be obtained from the appropriate department or school office.

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