The JMU Academic Experience Linda Cabe Halpern Dean of University Studies
The JMU Mission • We are a community committed to preparing students to be educated and enlightened citizens who lead productive and meaningful lives.
Academics at JMU • Learning is a campus wide commitment—in class and beyond • Learning is aimed at the development of the individual student • Understanding academic requirements is an essential part of success • Your advisor will help you
General Education:The Human Community • Foundational education in liberal arts and sciences for all students • About a third of undergraduate course work • Mostly taken during first two years • Aims at the ideal of an “educated person”
JMU Majors… • Require 36-84 credit hours • Are organized in six undergraduate colleges • Requirements based on professional, pedagogical or curricular expectations
JMU Majors … • Accounting • Anthropology • Art History • Athletic Training Education • Biology • Biotechnology • Chemistry • Communication Sciences and Disorders • Communication Studies • Computer Information Systems • Computer Science • Dietetics • Earth Science • Economics • Engineering • English • Finance • Geographic Science • Geology • Health Sciences • Health Services Administration • History • Hospitality/Tourism Management • Information Analysis • Integrated Science and Technology
JMU Majors • Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies • International Affairs • International Business • Justice Studies • Kinesiology • Management • Marketing • Mathematics • Media Arts and Design • Modern Foreign Language • Music • Nursing • Philosophy and Religion • Physics • Political Science • Psychology • Public Policy and Administration • Quantitative Finance • Social Work • Sociology • Statistics • Studio Art • Technical and Scientific Communication • Theatre and Dance • Undeclared
Pre-professional programs: • Teacher licensure programs—must be associated with appropriate major program • Other pre-professional programs, such as Pre-law, Pre-med or Pre-pharmacy—can be followed with any major, but certain courses are strongly recommended
Minors and concentrations: • Majors often have multiple concentrations leading to distinct career paths • JMU has about 75 different minors—these are a great way to broaden knowledge or add professional expertise
Other academic opportunities: • Study abroad • Undergraduate research • Internships and other practical applications of course work • Service learning • Honors Program • Honor societies • Civic and service activities
Making academic progress at JMU • All programs have expectations of student performance: • Remain in good academic standing • Fine arts programs—most have portfolio or audition requirements • Many programs have some form of progression standards—students must demonstrate success in the major to continue • Absolute size limits—three programs have size limits
JMU faculty are our greatest strength • JMU faculty want to see you and work with you • JMU faculty want you to succeed • JMU faculty will challenge you to the limits of your ability • JMU faculty expect you to work harder than you have ever worked
We expect each of you to graduate with the capability and the commitment to be an educated and enlightened citizen.