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Choose your major from the alphabetical list below for information about pre-enrolling. In addition to the information below, you can read about each major in the JMU Undergraduate Catalog. Also review these important considerations which may or may not apply to you:

1. Do you need to take a math course? Review #1 in Module 2: Placement Exams

2. Do you need to complete General Education requirements? 

  • Are you transferring from a Virginia Community College with a transferable associate degree? If you are unsure, review the information on approved associate degrees in Module 4: Transfer Credit and JMU's General Education Requirements. If the answer is yes, General Education will be waived (be sure to have your final transcript sent to JMU when it is conferred!).
  • If you are not completing a transferable associate degree, review the information on General Education requirements in Module 4 to determine which GenEd requirements you need to fulfill.
  • If you need to fulfill the Critical Thinking requirement in Cluster One and are transferring in as a junior, you can enroll in one of the 300-level integrative thinking courses to satisfy this requirement.

3. Do you need to take a foreign language course and are unsure if you need to take the foreign language placement exam? Review #2 in Module 2: Placement Exams

4. Are you pursuing a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree? Review the degree requirements.

5. Are you interested in declaring a minor? A minor is not required, but can be a way for you to pursue an interest you have outside your major, or to supplement your major. A minor is comprised of 18-25 credits; some have admissions standards and some are open. View the list of JMU minors. While you cannot declare a minor through the One Book (other than the Pre-Professional Health minors), you can talk to your advisor about registering for minor classes. If you choose a minor for which classes are restricted to declared students, your advisor may be able to help you enroll. You will be able to declare a minor (or a double major) after July 23rd. View the tutorial on how to add a minor/second major.

6. Do you need electives to round out your schedule? An elective can be any course that is not needed to fulfill a specific requirement, but will count toward the number of credits you need to graduate from JMU. See a list of electives.

Majors and Pre-Professional Programs

 Pre-Professional Health Programs

  • JMU offers the following Pre-Professional Health minors: Pre-Athletic Training, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Occupational Therapy, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Physician Assistant and Pre-Veterinary Medicine.
  • For more information on each minor, including recommended courses and advising information, see the Pre-Professional Health webisite.
  • Students may choose any major with a pre-professional health minor.

 Pre-Professional Teacher Education Programs

Interested in teaching? JMU offers the following majors (see major tabs for more specific information):

  • Inclusive Early Childhood Education - dual endorsement in pre K-3 and special education birth-age 5
  • Elementary Education - pre K-6
  • Middle Grades Education - 6-8, English, mathematics, science, social studies
  • Physical and Health Education Teacher Education (PHETE) - K-12 (see the Kinesiology major/PHETE concentration)
  • Secondary Education - 6-12 (biology, chemistry, earth science, English, mathematics, physics, social studies)
  • Special Education - K-12, General or Adapted Curriculum
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) - K-12

Additional education programs - see the appropriate academic major and click the links below for education-specific information:

 Accounting (B.B.A.)

  • Your advisor will contact you prior to your enrollment appointment to discuss registration. 
  • Review the Accounting advising checklist. Please note: While a grade of C is acceptable for “CR” and acceptable for COB 300 acceptance, Accounting majors need a ‘B’ or better in both COB 241 and COB 242 in order to take ACTG courses.  Original grades earned at previous schools will be considered.  Accounting majors are strongly encouraged to retake COB 241 at JMU for upper-level ACTG preparation.
  • For more information about the major, visit the School of Accounting website.

 Anthropology (B.A. or B.S.)

  • Your advisor, Dr. Amy Paugh, will contact you prior to your enrollment appointment to discuss registration.  
  • If you don’t already have credit for ANTH 195, 196 or 197 on your transfer credit report, register for those courses first.  
  • You can choose to pursue a B.A. or a B.S. degree in Anthropology; review the degree requirements at the top of this page. 
  • Review the major checklist, and visit the Anthropology Department website for more information on the major. 

 Architectural Design (B.F.A.)

  • Your advisor will contact you prior to your enrollment appointment to discuss registration. 
  • Only students who have been admitted by ‘artistic admission’ to the School of Art by a portfolio review are eligible to declare the B.F.A. major in Architectural Design.  
  • Check your Transfer Credit Report in MyMadison to see which JMU art foundation courses you have already received credit for or have pending credit for. Your advisor will help you obtain permission to enroll in any art foundation courses you still need: ART 102, 104, 106 & 108. 
  • Review the Architectural Design degree checklist 
  • The Architectural Design B.F.A. degree requires three academic years of sequenced JMU coursework; there are no transfer equivalents for core courses in this sequence. 
  • To learn more about the major, visit the Architectural Design website. 
  • For information on the K-12 Art Education Licensure, see the information in the Pre-Professional Teacher Education tab near the top of this page.

 Art History (B.A.)

  • Your advisor will contact you prior to your enrollment appointment to discuss registration. 
  • Review the Art History degree checklist Art History is a B.A. degree; review the B.A. degree requirements, #4 at the top of this page. 
  • Enroll in ARTH 205 (Survey of World Art I) for your first semester, if you have not yet taken the equivalent course; if you have completed ARTH 205enroll in ARTH 206 (Survey of World Art II). It is recommended to take them in order. 
  • Enroll in ARTH 300the Art History Seminar, a core major class, at the earliest opportunity: it is offered in alternating Fall terms. Speak to your advisor about taking this course and your plans for graduation. If the course is not offered in your first semester at JMUyour advisor will encourage you to connect with the Art History Coordinator about your plans to take ARTH 300. 
  • You are able to enroll in the majority of the 300- and 400-level classes while simultaneously taking ARTH 205 or ARTH 206. 
  • If you have not yet taken two Art or Design classes to fulfill these major requirements, you can begin these in your first semester as well. 
  • With careful planning and close consultation with your advisor, you can complete Art History major coursework in two years, including ARTH 205 and ARTH 206, as needed. 
  • To learn more about the major in general, visit the Art History website. 
  • For information on the K-12 Art Education Licensure, see the information in the Pre-Professional Teacher Education tab near the top of this page.

 Art Studio (B.A., B.S., B.F.A.)

Art Studio - B.A. or B.S. degree
  • Your advisor will contact you prior to your enrollment appointment to discuss registration. 
  • The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in Art Studio are art majors that offer students a breadth of knowledge with a foundation in the humanities (B.A.) or in the sciences and/or social sciences (B.S.). Unlike the B.F.A. in Art Studio, these degrees do not require ‘artistic admission’ to the School of Art by portfolio review. 
  • Check your Transfer Credit Report in MyMadison to see which JMU art foundation courses you have already received credit for or have pending credit for. Your advisor will help you obtain permission to enroll in any art foundation courses you still need: ART 102, 104, & 106. 
  • Review the B.A. in Art Studio degree checklist or the B.S. in Art Studio degree checklist, depending on your preferred path. 
  • Consider 200- and 300-level art and studio electives as appropriate. 
  • To learn more about the major, visit the Art Studio website. 

Art Studio - B.F.A. degree

  • Your advisor will contact you prior to your enrollment appointment to discuss registration. 
  • Only students who have been admitted by ‘artistic admission’ to the School of Art by a portfolio review are eligible to declare the B.F.A. major in Art Studio 
  • Check your Transfer Credit Report in MyMadison to see which JMU art foundation courses you have already received credit for or have pending credit for. Your advisor will help you obtain permission to enroll in any art foundation courses you still need: ART 102, 104, 106 & 108. 
  • Review the degree checklist for the Art Studio BFA or the degree checklist for the Art Studio BFA with an Integrated 3D Emphasis, based on your area of interest. 
  • Students who haven’t applied and/or been accepted to the B.F.A. prograare recommended to declare the B.A. or B.S. in Art Studio major (see separate listing on this page), with the potential to apply or reapply to the B.F.A. program during their first semester at JMU. 
  • To learn more about the major, visit the Art Studio website. 

For information on the K-12 Art Education Licensure, see the information in the Pre-Professional Teacher Education tab near the top of this page.

 Biology (B.A. or B.S.)

  • Your advisor, Ms. Julia Stutzman, will contact you prior to your enrollment appointment to discuss registration.  
  • Visit the Biology Department website for more information on the major.  
  • You can choose to pursue a B.A. or a B.S. degree in Biology; review the degree requirements at the top of this page. 
  • Are you pursuing a Pre-Professional Health minor? Visit the Pre-Professional Health website  
  • See the Secondary Education major tab if you’re interested in seeking teaching licensure, and contact the Secondary Education minor advisor, Ms. Reilly Zwanzig, at zwanzira@jmu.edu for assistance in choosing education courses.

 Biophysical Chemistry (B.S.)

 Biotechnology (B.S.)

 Chemistry (B.S.)

  • Your advisor, Dr. Debbie Mohler, will reach out to you with information about registration.  
  • Visit the Chemistry concentrations and checklists and the Chemistry Department website for more information on the major.  
  • Are you pursuing a Pre-Professional Health minor? Visit the Pre-Professional Health website  
  • See the Secondary Education major tab if you’re interested in seeking teaching licensure, and contact the Secondary Education minor advisor, Ms. Reilly Zwanzig, at zwanzira@jmu.edu for assistance in choosing education courses.

 Communication Sciences and Disorders (B.A. or B.S.)

 Communication Studies (B.A. or B.S.)

  • Your advisor, Dr. Toni Whitfield, will contact you prior to your enrollment appointment to discuss registration.  
  • SCOM 240/241 are required for admission to the major. Prerequisite: SCOM 121, 122 or 123.
  • If you have transfer credit for one of the prerequisites listed above, register for SCOM 240, Introduction to Communication Theory, and SCOM 241, Communication Theory lab (note: section numbers must match for both classes). Admission to the major is based on availability to the most qualified students as determined by performance in SCOM 240 and 241.  
  • You may take not more than 9 credit hours of SCOM courses (including SCOM 240/241, 3 credits) prior to being admitted to the major. 
  • Review the information at the top of this page about B.A. and B.S. degree requirements (the B.S. in SCOM requires that one of your math courses be MATH 220, statistics), General Education, minors and electives to help you build a full-time schedule.
  • Visit the Communication Studies website for more information on the major and to view the program checklists 

 Computer Information Systems (B.B.A.)

  • Your advisor will contact you prior to your enrollment appointment to discuss registration.
  • Review the CIS advising checklist. Please note: CIS majors are advised to complete CIS 221 prior to COB 300, however, it is not required. Transfer students interested in taking CIS 221, should talk to the CIS academic advisor.
  • For more information on the major, visit the CIS Department website.

 Computer Science (B.S.)

 Dance (B.A.)

  • Your advisor, Mr. Ben Lambert, will contact your prior to your enrollment appointment to discuss registration.  
  • Visit the JMU Dance Program website for more information on the major and view the audition and admission requirements.  
  • For information on the K-12 Dance Education Licensure, see the information in the Pre-Professional Teacher Education tab near the top of this page.  

 Dietetics (B.S.)

  • Your advisor, Dr. Jennifer Walsh, will contact you prior to your enrollment appointment to discuss registration.  
  • Dietetics is a competitive program and prerequisites are required for admission to the major. Check your transfer credit report and register for any classes you still may need off the Dietetics prerequisite list.  
  • Visit the Dietetics website for more information on the curriculum and the advising checklist. 

 Earth Science (B.A.)

  • Your advisor, Dr. Ángel García, will contact you prior to your enrollment appointment to discuss registration.  
  • See the catalog for required courses and review the B.A. degree requirements, #4 at the top of this page.
  • For more information on the major, visit the Geology and Environmental Science website 
  • See the Secondary Education major tab if you’re interested in seeking teaching licensure, and contact the Secondary Education minor advisor, Ms. Reilly Zwanzig, at zwanzira@jmu.edu for assistance in choosing education courses.

 Economics (B.A., B.S. or B.B.A.)

  • Your advisior will contact you prior to your enrollment appointment to discuss registration.
  • If you are interested in the B.A. or B.S. degree, review the BA/BS checklist. If you have completed prerequisites, consider enrolling in ECON 284 Introduction to Quantitative Methods, to prepare for upper-level economics coursework. 
  • If you are interested in the B.B.A. degree, review the BBA checklist.
  • For more information on the major and degree options, visit the Economics Department website.

 Elementary Education (B.S.)

  • Begin by emailing a copy of your unofficial college transcript(s) to your advisor, Ms. Katie Shifflett, at shifflkr@jmu.edu. She will review them and contact you to discuss registration.
  • The following courses are required for admission to Teacher Education: WRTC 103, PSYC 160, and EDUC 300. You should register for any of these for which you do not have transfer credit. Students with transfer credit for all three of the prerequisites should register for EXED 200 and ELED 208, 272 and 310. Note: VCCS students who take EDU 293 in summer '21 do not need to take EXED 200. Students who take EDU 295 in summer '21 do not need to take EDUC 310.
  • Additional courses required for ELED: HIST 101 or 102, GEOG 200 or ANTH 195, and HIST 225 or POSC 225. Students also need three sciences: ISCI 171, 172 and 173. General courses in geology, chemistry or physics, and biology may satisfy some or all of these requirements. Consult your ELED advisor if you have transfer credit for any of these courses.
  • Read more about admission to Teacher Education and review the ELED Program Sequencing Guide.
  • For more information about the major, see the ELED website.

 Engineering (B.S.)

  • Your advisor, Ms. Jamie Whisman, will contact you prior to your enrollment appointment to discuss registration. 
  • If you’d like to schedule an appointment with Ms. Whisman, use her calendly link: https://calendly.com/claytojp. 
  • Visit the Department of Engineering website for more information on the curriculum and program requirements. 

 English (B.A.)

  • Your advisor, Dr. Annette Federico, will contact you prior to your enrollment appointment to discuss registration.  
  • Visit the English Department website for more information and to view the advising checklist. If you don’t already have credit for the 9 credit hours of introductory courses, or for ENG 299 (Writing about Literature), register for those first.  
  • For more information about the major, visit the English Department website.
  • See the Secondary Education major tab if you’re interested in seeking teaching licensure, and contact the Secondary Education minor advisor, Ms. Reilly Zwanzig, at zwanzira@jmu.edu for assistance in choosing education courses.

 Finance (B.B.A.)

 Geographic Science (B.A. or B.S.)

  • Your advisor, Kimberly Robinson (robinsks@jmu.edu) will contact you prior to your enrollment appointment to discuss registration.
  • Register for major course GEOG 210. Students who are not bringing in transfer credit for statistics (MATH 220) should complete the math decision tree to determine if they need to take the ALEKS math assessment.
  • For more information on the major, see the GS website.

 Geology (B.S.)

  • Your advisor, Dr. Ángel García, will contact you prior to your enrollment appointment to discuss registration.  
  • See the catalog for required courses. Geology requires calculus and statistics; if you aren't sure if you have the correct credit  complete the math decision tree to see if you need to take the ALEKS math assessment.
  • For more information, visit the Geology and Environmental Science website. 

 Graphic Design (B.F.A.)

  • Your advisor will contact you prior to your enrollment appointment to discuss registration. 
  • Only students who have been admitted by ‘artistic admission’ to the School of Art by a portfolio review are eligible to declare the B.F.A. major in Graphic Design 
  • Check your Transfer Credit Report in MyMadison to see which JMU art foundation courses you have already received credit for or have pending credit for. Your advisor will help you obtain permission to enroll in any art foundation courses you still need: ART 102, 104, 106 & 108. 
  • Review the Graphic Design degree checklist 
  • The Graphic Design B.F.A. degree requires three academic years of sequenced JMU coursework; there are no transfer equivalents for core courses in this sequence. 
  • To learn more about the major, visit the Graphic Design website. 
  • For information on the K-12 Art Education Licensure, see the information in the Pre-Professional Teacher Education tab near the top of this page.

 Health Sciences (B.S.)

  • A Health Sciences advisor, Ms. Laura Blosser or Ms. Alisabeth Gheen, will review your transfer credit report and send you a personalized major checklist with recommended courses.  
  • Want to learn more about Health Sciences at JMU? Review the Health Sciences Advising Blog.
  • Are you pursuing a Pre-Professional Health minor? Visit the Pre-Profession Health Website.

 Health Services Administration (B.S.)

  • Ms. Joy Lohr, Health Services Administration advisor (lohrja@jmu.edu), will contact you regarding major requirements and registration information prior to your enrollment appointment.
  • The following courses are required for admission to the HSA major: CIS/COB 204, ECON 201 and HTH 354. You should register for any of these for which you do not have transfer credit. Review the HSA Advising Checklist for information on required courses. 
  • For more information on the major, visit the the Health Services Administration website.

 History (B.A.)

  • Your advisor will reach out to you prior to your enrollment appointment with information about the major and registration.
  • History is a B.A. degree; review the B.A. degree information, #4 at the top of this page.
  • View the History Major Checklist and visit the History Department website for more information on the major.
  • See the Secondary Education major tab if you’re interested in seeking teaching licensure, and contact the Secondary Education minor advisor, Ms. Reilly Zwanzig, at zwanzira@jmu.edu for assistance in choosing education courses.

 Hospitality Management (B.S.)

  • Your advisor will contact you prior to your enrollment appointment to discuss registration 
  • Review the list of required courses for the major. You will want to focus on taking 200-level Hospitality Management (HM) courses during your first semester at JMU. 
  • Review the list of required courses for the General Business Minor. You will want to take one or two courses that you have not already received transfer credit for. 
  • To learn more about the major, visit the Hospitality Management website. 

 Inclusive Early Childhood Education (B.S.)

  • Begin by emailing your unofficial college transcript(s) to your advisor, Dr. Sharon Blatz at blatzsl@jmu.edu. She will review them and contact you to discuss registration.
  • The following courses are required for admission to Teacher Education: WRTC 103, PSYC 160, and EDUC 300. You should register for any of these for which you do not have transfer credit. Additional courses to register for are EXED 200 and EDUC 310. Note: VCCS students who take EDU 293 in summer '21 do not need to take EXED 200. Students who take EDU 295 in summer '21 do not need to take EDUC 310.
  • Read more about admission to Teacher Education and review the Inclusive Early Childhood Education Course Sequence.
  • For more information about the major, see the IECE website.

 Industrial Design (B.S.)

  • Your advisor will contact you prior to your enrollment appointment to discuss registration. 
  • Only students who have been admitted by ‘artistic admission’ to the School of Art by a portfolio review are eligible to declare the B.S. major in Industrial Design. 
  • Review the Industrial Design degree checklist. 
  • Check your Transfer Credit Report in MyMadison to see which JMU art foundation courses you have already received credit for or have pending credit for. Your advisor will help you obtain permission to enroll in any art foundation courses you still need: ART 102, 104 & 106.
  • Students who are interested in the Industrial Design major and have not yet applied for ‘artistic admission’ to the School of Art and/or who have not yet taken foundations classes, are eligible to declare the B.S. Art Studio major. This allows a student to work on the B.S. degree, take foundations coursesand eventually apply for ‘artistic admission’ and entrance to the major. 
  • The Industrial Design B.S. degree requires three academic years of sequenced JMU coursework; there are no transfer equivalents for core courses in this sequence. 
  • To learn more about the major, visit the Industrial Design website. 
  • For information on the K-12 Art Education Licensure, see the information in the Pre-Professional Teacher Education tab near the top of this page.

 Integrated Science and Technology (B.S.)

  • Your advisor will contact you prior to your enrollment appointment to discuss the major requirements and registration.
  • To learn more about the major, see the ISAT website and download the ISAT FAQs.

 Intelligence Analysis (B.S.)

  • Your advisor, Kimberly Robinson (robinsks@jmu.edu), will contact you prior to your enrollment appointment to discuss registration.
  • Most students should plan to enroll in IA 150, 200, 240 adn 261, but Kimberly will be in touch to solidfy this schedule. Students who are not bringing in transfer credit for statistics (MATH 220) should complete the math decision tree to determine if they need to take the ALEKS math assessment.
  • For more information on the major, see the IA website.

 International Affairs (B.A.)

  • Your advisor will contact you prior to your enrollment appointment to discuss registration 
  • If you are not bringing transfer credit in for MATH 220, Elementary Statistics, complete the math decision tree to see if you need to take the ALEKS math assessment. MATH 220 is a prerequisite for a core class (INTA 295). 
  • International Affairs majors must choose an area of concentration. There are three international relations and five comparative study regional choices. See the International Affairs website for a list of the eight concentrations. 
  • After choosing a concentration, click that link to view a checklist of required courses. Focus on completing Core Courses, then begin higher-level coursework as appropriate. 
  • Foreign language is also required (FL 300 and 320). You may register for FL 300 if you have transfer credit for FL 232 (intermediate II), or by placing into it via the foreign language placement exam.
  • To learn more about the major, visit the JMU Political Science website. 

 International Business (B.B.A.)

  • Your advisor will contact you prior to your enrollment appointment to discuss registration.
  • Review the International Business advising checklist. Please note: The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in International Business requires foreign language and the completion of a study abroad experience. If you plan to study a language you have studied before, review the foreign language placement exam information (#3 at the top of this page).
  • For more information on the major, visit the International Business website.

 Justice Studies (B.A. or B.S.)

  • Your advisor will contact you prior to your enrollment appointment to discuss registration.
  • You should register for JUST 200. If you are not bringing in transfer credit for statistics (MATH 220), you should complete the math decision tree to see if you need to take the ALEKS math assessment.
  • Review the information at the top of this page about B.A. and B.S. degree requirements, General Education and electives to help you build a full-time schedule.
  • To learn more about the major, see the Justice Studies website.

 Kinesiology, Exercise Science Concentration (B.S.)

  • Your advisor will contact you prior to your enrollment appointment to discuss registration.
  • Prerequisite courses for admission to Exercise Science are KIN 100, KIN 202, BIO 290, BIO 270 and CHEM 131, 131L. You should enroll in any of these for which you do not have transfer credit. The pre or corequisites of BIO 270 are chemistry and statistics. Read about the admission process and review the curriculum for additional course options. 
  •  This concentration requires that you complete both calculus (MATH 205 or 235) and statistics (MATH 220). If you do not have transfer credit for one or both of these, you should complete the math decision tree to see if you need to take the ALEKS math assessment.
  • Read more about Exercise Science.


 

 

 

 Kinesiology, Physical and Health Education Teacher Education Concentration (B.S.)

  • Your advisor will contact you prior to your enrollment appointment to discuss registration.
  • Prerequisite courses for admission to the PHETE concentration are BIO 290, EDUC 300*, PSYC 160*, KIN 100*, KIN 224, KIN 303and KIN 312* (*grade of C or better required). WRTC 103 is also required for admission to Teacher Eduation. Read about the PHETE admission process and admission to Teacher Education.
  • Read more about the PHETE concentration.

 Management (B.B.A.)

 Marketing (B.B.A.)

 Mathematics (B.A. or B.S.)

  • Your advisor will contact you prior to your enrollment appointment to discuss registration.
  • You can choose to pursue a B.A. or a B.S. degree in math; review the degree requirements, #4 at the top of this page. For a list of required courses, select your intended concentration and degree in the catalog
  • To learn more about the major, see the Math Department website.
  • If you're interested in teaching math, review the Middle Grades Education tab (grades 6-8) or the Secondary Education tab (grades 6-12) and contact the Middle/Secondary Education advisor, Ms. Reilly Zwanzig, at zwanzira@jmu.edu for assistance in choosing education courses.

 Media Arts and Design (B.A. or B.S.)

  • Your advisor will contact you prior to your enrollment appointment to discuss registration.
  • You should register for SMAD 101. Learn about admission to SMAD.
  • Review the information at the top of this page about B.A. and B.S. degree requirements, General Education, and electives to help you build a full-time schedule.
  • To learn more about the major, see the SMAD website.

 Middle Grades Education (B.S.)

  • Begin by emailing your unofficial college transcript(s) to your advisor, Ms. Reilly Zwanzig, at zwanzira@jmu.edu. She will review them and contact you to discuss registration. 
  • Courses required for admission to Teacher Education are WRTC 103, PSYC 160, and EDUC 300. You should register for any of these for which you do not have transfer credit. Read about the additional requirements for admission to Teacher Education.
  • Read more about the major and review the content curriculum checklist for your concentration.

 Modern Foreign Languages (B.A.)

  • Your advisor will contact you prior to your enrollment appointment to discuss registration.
  • See the catalog for a list of required courses. If you are majoring in a language which you have previously studied, review the information aboubt the foreign language placement exam, #3 at the top of this page
  • To learn more about the major, see the MOFL website.
  • For information on the Foreign Language Education Licensure, see the information in the Pre-Professional Teacher Education tab near the top of this page.

 Music (B.M.)

  • Your advisor, Professor Speare, will contact you prior to your enrollment appointment to discuss registration.  
  • Visit the Music Department website for more information on the major and view the audition and admissions requirements 
  • For information on the K-12 Music Education Licensure, see the information in the Pre-Professional Teacher Education tab near the top of this page.  

 Musical Theatre (B.A.)

 Nursing (B.S.N)

 Philosophy (B.A.)

  • Your advisor will contact you prior to your enrollment appointment to discuss registration 
  • Review the list of required courses for the major. Enroll in Philosophy 101 if you have not yet had Philosophy 101 or an equivalent course.  Students who don’t receive the General Education waiver and need to satisfy their Cluster I Critical Thinking requirement should enroll in Philosophy 120, Critical Thinking or Philosophy 150, Ethical Reasoning. 
  • Students who want to add a second major in philosophy may be able to apply some credits from other undergraduate courses to the Interdisciplinary Philosophy degree requirements. Learn more about the Interdisciplinary Philosophy major. 
  • To learn more about the major, visit the Philosophy & Religion website. 

 Physics (B.A. or B.S.)

  • Your advisor will contact you prior to your enrollment appointment to discuss registration. 
  • Review your Transfer Credit Report to check which JMU courses you have received credit for. Math 235, 236 and 237 (Calculus I, II and III) are prerequisites or corequisites for many 200-level physics courses. If not yet complete, take the next course in the sequence during your first semester at JMU. If you are not bringing transfer credit in for MATH 235, you will need to complete the ALEKS math assessment in order to test into the course. 
  • Review the Physics section in the catalog to determine your next step in the physics and chemistry course sequences. If you have completed all 100- and 200-level physics requirements, consult with an advisor about next steps. 
  • Learn more about the major—and its options for fundamental, applied, or individual study—by visiting the Physics Department website. 
  • See the Secondary Education major tab if you’re interested in seeking teaching licensure, and contact the Secondary Education minor advisor, Ms. Reilly Zwanzig, at zwanzira@jmu.edu for assistance in choosing education courses.

 Political Science (B.A.)

  • Your advisor will contact you prior to your enrollment appointment to discuss registration. 
  • If you are not bringing transfer credit in for MATH 220, Elementary Statistics, complete the math decision tree to see if you need to take the ALEKS math assessment. MATH 220 is a prerequisite for a core class (POSC 295). 
  • Review a list of the required courses for the majorFocus on completing Core Courses as well as general degree requirements, then begin higher-level coursework as appropriate. 
  • To learn more about the major, visit the Political Science website. 
  • See the Secondary Education major tab if you’re interested in seeking teaching licensure, and contact the Secondary Education minor advisor, Ms. Reilly Zwanzig, at zwanzira@jmu.edu for assistance in choosing education courses.

 Psychology (B.A. or B.S.)

  • Your advisor, Ms. Kim DuVall, will contact you prior to your enrollment appointment to discuss registration.  
  • Register for PSYC 101 and MATH 220 (if eligible based on math placement score) if you don’t already have transfer credit. If you’ve already received credit for PSYC 101 and MATH 220, register for PSYC 210 or 212. If you have credit for all these courses, make sure you follow the additional admissions requirements on the link below (including the online orientation). Please see the Psychology checklist for more information.  
  • Visit the Department of Psychology website to view Psychology Admissions requirements and advising for Psychology majors. 
  • Review the information at the top of this page about B.A. and B.S. degree requirements, General Education, and electives to help you build a full-time schedule. 

 Public Policy and Administration (B.S.)

  • Your advisor will contact you prior to your enrollment appointment to discuss registration 
  • If you are not bringing transfer credit in for MATH 220, Elementary Statistics, complete the math decision tree to see if you need to take the ALEKS math assessment. MATH 220 is a prerequisite for a core class (POSC 295). 
  • Review the list of required courses for the major. Focus on completing Core Courses as well as general degree requirements, then begin higher-level coursework in either the Public Policy Concentration or the Public Management Concentration. 
  • To learn more about the major visit the Public Policy and Administration website. 

 Quantitative Finance (B.S.)

  • Your advisor will contact you prior to your enrollment appointment to discuss registration. 
  • Quantitative Finance majors also earn minors in economics and mathematics. Review the QFIN/double minor advising checklist. You also have the option to double major in QFIN and mathematics. Review the QFIN/Math double major advising checklist. Please note: The BS in Quantitative Finance is a “lock-step” program.  QFIN specific courses are only taught once a year, and they are prerequisites for each other.  Traditionally QFIN transfers take 3 years to graduate.
  • For more information on the major, visit the Finance Department website.

 Religion (B.A.)

  • Your advisor will contact you prior to your enrollment appointment to discuss registration 
  • Review the list of required courses for the major. Sign up for REL 101 and/or REL 200 if you do not have transfer credit for them; you can also consider courses from the four tracks within the major, including the one you choose as your home track. 
  • Students who want to add a second major in Religion may be able to apply some credits from their other undergraduate courses to the Interdisciplinary Religion degree requirementsLearn more about the Interdisciplinary Religion major. 
  • To learn more about the major, visit the Philosophy & Religion website. 

 Secondary Education (B.S.)

  • Begin by emailing your unofficial college transcript(s) to your advisor, Ms. Reilly Zwanzig, at zwanzira@jmu.edu. She will review them and contact you to discuss registration. 
  • Courses required for admission to Teacher Education are WRTC 103, PSYC 160, and EDUC 300. You should register for any of these for which you do not have transfer credit. Read about the additional requirements for admission to Teacher Education.
  • There are two pathways to secondary education licensure:
    1. Undergraduate-only pathway: You will double major in secondary education and your content area. Review the content curriculum checklists for your content area.
    2. Combined undergraduate and graduate pathway: You will major in your content area and minor in secondary education, and complete a one-year Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree after completing the undergraduate degree. Be sure and review the major information for your content area (biology, chemistry, earth science, English, history, math, physics or political science). 

 Social Work (B.S.W.)

  • Social Work Department Chair Dr. Lisa McGuire reviews all transfer students’ transcripts for possible elective credit based on prior coursework. Begin by emailing your unofficial transcript to her at mcguirle@jmu.edu. 
  • Enroll in SOWK 287 and SOWK 288 (students who receive transfer credit for SOWK 287 will only need SOWK 288). 
  • If you plan to graduate in four semesters, you will need to have these supportive area requirements from transfer OR during your first semester at JMU: ANTH 195, Cultural Anthropology (or a course on race, culture and ethnicity); PSYC 101, Introduction to Psychology; PSYC 160, Lifespan Human Development or Developmental Psychology; SOCI 101, Introduction to Sociology; Math 220, Elementary Statistics; and American or State and Local Government (POSC 225 or 320). If you do not have these courses, you will not be able to progress in the program so please make sure you add them to your first semester at JMU.  Contact Dr. McGuire with questions.   
  • After choosing Social Work, General Education and math courses, there may be room in your schedule for electives. Consult with Dr. McGuire about options. 
  • Want to learn more about Social Work at JMU? Visit the Social Work website. 

 Sociology (B.A. or B.S.)

  • Your advisor will contact you prior to your enrollment appointment to discuss registration.
  • You should enroll in SOCI 110 and 140; students who have transfer credit for SOCI 101 may also enroll in SOCI 200.
  • You can earn a B.A. or B.S. degree in sociology. Review the B.A. and B.S. requirements, #4 at the top of this page. 
  • You can view a list of required courses in the catalog. For more information on the major, visit the Sociology Department website.

 Special Education (B.S.)

  • Begin by emailing your unofficial college transcript(s) to your advisor, Dr. Sharon Blatz at blatzsl@jmu.edu. She will review them and contact you to discuss registration.
  • The following courses are required for admission to Teacher Education: WRTC 103, PSYC 160, and EDUC 300. You should register for any of these for which you do not have transfer credit. Additional courses to register for are EXED 200 and EDUC 310. Note: VCCS students who take EDU 293 in summer '21 do not need to take EXED 200. Students who take EDU 295 in summer '21 do not need to take EDUC 310.
  • Read more about admission to Teacher Education and review the SPED major course sequence.
  • To learn more about the major, see the SPED website.

 Sport and Recreation Management (B.S.)

  • Your advisor will contact you prior to your enrollment appointment to discuss registration 
  • Review the list of required courses for the major. You will want to focus on taking 200-level Sport and Recreation Management (SRM) courses during your first semester at JMU. 
  • Review the list of required courses for the General Business minor.  You will want to take one or two courses that you have not already received transfer credit for. 
  • To learn more about the major, visit the Sport and Recreation Management website. 

 Statistics (B.S.)

  • Your advisor will contact you prior to your enrollment appointment to discuss registration.
  • See the catalog for a list of required courses. For more information about the major, visit the Statistics website.

 Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (B.S.)

  • Begin by emailing your unofficial college transcript(s) to your advisor, Dr. Sharon Blatz at blatzsl@jmu.edu. She will review them and contact you to discuss registration.
  • The following courses are required for admission to Teacher Education: WRTC 103, PSYC 160, and EDUC 300. You should register for any of these for which you do not have transfer credit. Additional courses to register for are EXED 200 and EDUC 310. Note: VCCS students who take EDU 293 in summer '21 do not need to take EXED 200. Students who take EDU 295 in summer '21 do not need to take EDUC 310.
  • You are required to complete a minor with this major. Consult your advisor about appropriate minors; you can read about declaring a minor at the top of this page.
  • Read more about admission to Teacher Education and review the TESOL suggested plan of study
  • To learn more about the major, see the TESOL website

 Theatre (B.A.)

  • Your advisor, Mr. Ben Lambert, will contact you prior to your enrollment appointment to discuss registration.  
  • Visit the Theatre Program website for more information on the major and view the audition and admission requirements.  
  • For information on the K-12 Theatre Education Licensure, see the information in the Pre-Professional Teacher Education tab near the top of this page.

 Undeclared

  • Transfer students may choose undeclared IF they have fewer than 30 transfer credits. If you choose undeclared, your advisor will contact you prior to your enrollment appointment to discuss registration.
  • If you have more than 30 transfer credits, you must declare a major:
    - If you are leaning toward a particular major, but aren't sure, it's better to declare that major so you can meet with the advisor, who can help you decide if it's the right major for you.
    - If you have no idea what major to choose, email transferadvising@jmu.edu and we'll help you look at your options. You may also find the Career Guide to JMU Majors helpful in making your decision.

 Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication (B.A. or B.S.)

  • Your advisor will contact you prior to your enrollment appointment to discuss registration 
  • For course requirements, review the WRTC Major-at-a-Glance. If you have received transfer credit for WRTC 103, you will be eligible to begin 200-level coursework for the degree. 
  • To learn more about the major, visit the WRTC website. 

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