Declaring Your Major

As a transfer student, you are likely eager to continue the academic progress you made at your previous institution. We want to help you achieve your academic goals, but first, be aware of some policies to help you make an informed decision when declaring your major.

30 Credit Policy

If you are transferring 30 or more credit hours to JMU, then you must choose a major. It is important to declare your major so you can be advised by a faculty member in that department to make progress toward graduation. If you have received a JMU approved associate degree from a Virginia Community College, your JMU General Education requirements are waived and the courses you enroll in for your first semester at JMU will help you meet major, degree and/or pre-professional and minor requirements. If you have fewer than 30 credit hours and are undecided about your major, then you may be Undeclared/Exploratory.

Being Exploratory

If you have fewer than 30 credit hours and are undecided about your major, then you may be Exploratory. You will be advised by an academic advisor in University Advising who will assist you in selecting classes for your first semester and choosing a major. Having an idea of a possible major will allow your academic advisor make course recommendations that will help you make progress toward a degree and graduation.

Portfolio and Audition Considerations

Architectural Design, Graphic Design and Industrial Design
You must have passed a portfolio review to be admitted into the School of Art, Design and Art History and to declare one of the art majors listed above.  For more information on art portfolio reviews, go to the School of Art, Design and Art History website

If you are pursuing a B.F.A. in Art, you must pass a portfolio review. The B.A. or B.S. in Art does not have this
requirement. For more information, check out the School of Art, Design and Art History website.

Dance, Musical Theatre and Theatre
You must have passed an audition and/or portfolio review to be admitted into the School of Theatre and Dance and to declare one of the majors listed above. For more information about admission to the School of Theatre and Dance, review the School of Theatre and Dance website.

If you are pursuing a B.M. you must have passed an audition and be fully admitted to the School of Music before you can declare the Music major. The B.A. program requires an interview prior to be admitted into the program. 

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

Students who wish to pursue teacher education in other areas should consult their advisor for details.

Hospitality, Sport and Recreation Management

Pre-professional programs are not majors. Pre-professional programs outline a set of JMU courses and requirements that commonly serve as prerequisites for admission to doctoral and masters-level professional programs.

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.

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

Computer Science
Computer Information Systems

International Affairs
International Business

Graphic Design
Media Arts and Design

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