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The Honors College provides specialized academic advising to current and prospective JMU Honors students. Our advising team provides assistance with the following:

  • Developing an Honors curricular pathway that is unique to each student's academic goals
  • Explaining requirements for Honors, General Education, and degree programs
  • Academic planning and decision-making
  • Referrals to campus resources

Honors advising does not replace the advising that students receive from their other advisor(s). Rather, our advising team serves as the primary contact for all Honors-related questions and as an additional resource for other academic and university matters.

Prospective students are welcome and encouraged to meet with an advisor to discuss admission procedures and the Honors curriculum.

Contact an Honors Advisor

Virtual Office Hours Fall 2020

The Honors advising team holds open virtual office hours at the following times (from 8/26):

  • Monday 10-5
  • Tuesday 12-5
  • Wednesday 12-4
  • Thursday 12-5
  • Friday 10-3

Enter the Zoom advising office
Meeting ID: 224 519 0626
Password: 445527378 (Hillcrest)

An Honors advisor or peer advisor will meet with you as soon as they are available.

Email & Phone

Meet with the Director of Honors Advising

Mr. Jared Diener is available for Zoom appointments. Schedule an appointment now.

Keep Track of Honors Requirements

The Academic Requirements report in MyMadison pulls data from your student record and is generally accurate and up to date.

1. Log into MyMadison.
2. Go to the Student tab.
3. Select the Student Center link.
4. Select the other academic... dropdown.
5. Select Academic Requirements and then click the double arrows.
6. Scroll down to the Honors Interdisciplinary Studies Minor section, usually towards the bottom of the page.

Advising Resources
Honors College Advising Team
Director of Honors Advising

 Jared Diener, M.St.

Jared Diener

Office hours: M-F 9-5
Schedule an appointment

Year: I've been here awhile
Major: BA (The University of Texas at Austin) and Master's (Oxford) in History (but I changed my major 3 times first)
Minors: Undergrad minors in German and French; now I minor in politics and soccer
Hometown: Austin, TX (technically Pflugerville, TX but I claim Austin for obvious reasons); current resident of Staunton, VA
Clubs: In college I was a member of Junior Fellows, Phi Beta Kappa, and volunteered for Campaign to End the Death Penalty
Hobbies: Reading (fiction, non-fiction, magazines, newspapers), keeping up with politics (an obsession), watching soccer and especially Arsenal FC (also an obsession)

Madison Advising Peer

Fiona Turner


Zoom office hours: M 10-2, 3-5 | Tu 12-1, 4-5 | Th 12-1, 4-5 | F 10-2

Year: Senior
Major: Intelligence Analysis
Minors: Honors College, Political Science, Pre-Law Track
Hometown: Arlington, VA
Clubs: Honors MAP, Resident Advisor (RA), Executive Leader of AFCEA International, Intelligence Analysis Teaching Assistant (TA), Intelligence Analysis Peer Mentor
Hobbies: Cooking, Teaching myself Portuguese, and checking out every book in my local library during quarantine

Madison Advising Peer

SJ Starr


Zoom office hours: M 12-3  |  W 12-4  |  F 12-3

Year: Junior
Major: Communication Studies
Minors: Human Resource Development, Geographic Science, Honors
Hometown: Arlington, VA
Clubs: VP of GIVE Volunteers and a former FROG
Hobbies: Plants/gardening, coffee, leadership

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