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Independent Scholar Willis Landon '20, whose self-designed major focuses on Hip-hop music education.

Become an Independent Scholar

Students interested in the major should meet with Independent Scholars faculty to discuss their academic goals and enroll in the introductory course (IND 200), in which they will develop an area of inquiry and design their curriculum. Acceptance into the major is determined by successful completion of the IND 200 course. 

Successful applicants will demonstrate exceptional motivation, curiosity, writing ability and independent research potential in the IND 200 course, and will submit a convincing inquiry proposal and a feasible curriculum that contains both depth and breadth, provides grounding in research methods, and integrates the theoretical perspectives and methodologies of contributing disciplines.

For more information contact Dr. Matt Chamberlin at chambema@jmu.edu, or visit Maury Hall G-3.


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