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    James Madison University
  Dec 16, 2017
2017-18 Undergraduate Catalog

Message from the President

Dear Student,

As a James Madison University student, you have many opportunities to make choices that will affect your success at JMU and your future life. Some of them will be made in organizational  or social settings outside the classroom. Many of these choices, however, are important ones concerning your academic preparation  at JMU.  This document, the James Madison University 2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog, is an important reference for you (whether you use the printed version or the online version at This catalog offers a comprehensive view of academic life at JMU and the thousands of different courses available to you as you craft your learning experiences.

Take care in choosing your classes. You need to carefully select the necessary courses to fulfill your particular degree requirements and also consider other educational experiences as well. Challenge yourself as you make your decisions. Explore the world of knowledge and opportunities here at JMU. Remember: your educational foundation at James Madison University will help prepare you for all of life's opportunities.

Your intellectual enrichment and your collegiate experience will foster personal growth and include life-forming decisions. Enjoy your college days. I extend my best wishes to you for a wonderful and rewarding year at JMU.


President Alger's signature

Jonathan R. Alger