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2013 Transfer Team

Declaring a Major -- Important Policies to Review:

As a transfer student, you are more than likely eager to continue the academic progress you have already made at your previous institution. We want to help you along the path of achieving your academic goals, but first we need to make you aware of a few policies that will help you make an informed decision when declaring your major.

30 Credit Policy

In accordance with university policy, if you are transferring 30 or more credit hours to JMU, then you must choose a major. If you have fewer than 30 credit hours, and are undecided about your major, then you may be Undeclared. All students who declare a major will be advised by a faculty member from that department.

Being Undeclared

If you have fewer than 30 credit hours, and are undecided about your major, then you may be Undeclared. If you are Undeclared, you will be advised by an academic advisor in Career and Academic Planning who will assist you in the process of choosing a major.

Having an idea of your intended major and your transfer credit evaluation will help your academic advisor make course recommendations to you so that you can register during orientation. If you have received a JMU  approved associate degree from a Virginia Community College, your JMU General Education requirements will be waived and the courses you register for at orientation will be courses that help you to progress through major, degree and/or pre-professional and minor requirements.

Portfolio and Audition Considerations

Music
You must have passed an audition and be fully admitted to the School of Music before you can declare the music major.

Graphic Design, Interior Architecture, and Studio Art
You must have passed a portfolio review and be fully admitted into the Studio Art program before you can declare the major and take studio art courses. For more information on portfolio review dates on the JMU campus, go to the School of Art, Design and Art History website, select admissions, and then click on admission requirements.

Theatre and Dance
You must have passed an audition and/or portfolio review for admission to the School of Theatre and Dance before you can declare the theatre and dance major and before you can declare any one of the three concentrations in the major: dance, musical theatre, and theatre. For more information about admission to Theatre and Dance, consult the School's website: Dance, Musical Theatre, Theatre.

A Guide to Exploring Majors at JMU

There are many majors that can lead you to the same career path, and many career paths can come from one major. Selecting a major may seem like a daunting process, but whether you've already decided on a major or are still exploring your options this guide offers several ways to explore the majors, minors, and pre-professional programs offered at JMU.

Alphabetical Listing of majors

Find a specific major using this alphabetized index.

Career Guide to JMU Majors

Use this reference to research how JMU majors relate to various career fields. Review the guide.

Explore Majors by Category

Business

Communication

Education and Teacher Licensure

You should major in the discipline associated with your specific teacher licensure area of interest. Please refer to the table below. Programs noted with an asterisk are 5-year teacher licensure programs leading to a master's degree. English as a Second Language can be a four or five year program.

Teaching Licensure Area

JMU Major

Art (PreK-12)

Studio Art

Dance (PreK-12)

Theatre and Dance

Elementary Education (PreK-6)

Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies (1)

English as a Second Language (PreK-12)

Modern Foreign Language or English is suggested (2)

Health and Physical Education (PreK-12)

Kinesiology (1)

Inclusive Early Childhood Education (PreK-3 and Special Education Birth-age 5)

Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies (1)

Middle Education

Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies (1)

Music Education

Music

Secondary Education (6-12)

Select the major that represents your content area of interest (1, 3)

Social Studies

History or Political Science

Special Education (K-12)

Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies or Psychology suggested (1)

Theatre Education (PreK-12)

Theatre and Dance 

 

1. These are five-year teacher licensure programs with a required master’s degree.
2. This can be a four or five-year program.
3. Declare one of the following majors: biology, chemistry, Earth science, English, history, mathematics, modern
foreign languages, physics or political science.

Health and Human Services

Hospitality, Sport and Recreation Management

Humanities and Social Sciences

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Majors

Visual and Performing Arts Majors

Sound-Alike Majors

Some majors at JMU have names that are easy to confuse such as the majors listed to the right. Read the names of these majors carefully and then go ahead and simply click on the links to learn more.

Communications
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Communication Studies
Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication

Computing
Computer Science
Computer Information Systems

International
International Affairs
International Business

Pre-Professional Programs

Pre-Professional programs are not majors, minors, or concentrations. Rather, they are preparation programs that outline a set of JMU courses and requirements that commonly serve as prerequisites for admission to doctoral and masters-level professional programs.

A complete listing of pre-professional programs can be found on the Pre-Professional Programs page.