Feb 01, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

Interdisciplinary Social Science Minors


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Alison Sandman, Co-Coordinator
Phone: (540) 568-6182
Email: sandmaad@jmu.edu

John W. Hulsey, Co-Coordinator
Phone: (540) 568-7854
Email: hulseyjw@jmu.edu

Website: http://www.jmu.edu/history/iss.shtml

The interdisciplinary social science minor offers a program of integrated study that exposes students to diverse methodologies, philosophies and controversies that define the social sciences. It is a required minor for secondary education students who wish to teach social studies, and suggested for those planning to teach middle school. The ISS minor incorporates economics, geography, history and political science and is offered in three forms, one for secondary education with a history major, one for secondary education with a political science major, and one for middle education.  Students not selecting the secondary education licensure program should declare the middle education form of the ISS minor.

Minor Requirements


History Major with ISS Minor


Requirements for the History B.A. are on the History Department page.

Degree Requirements


  • General Education 41 Credit Hours 1
  • Foreign Language classes (intermediate level required) 0-14 Credit Hours 2
  • Philosophy course (in addition to General Education courses) 3 Credit Hours
  • Major requirements 33-34 Credit Hours
  • Minor requirements (listed below) 26 Credit Hours
  • Electives 2-16 Credit Hours
Total: 120 Credit Hours

Footnotes

1 The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.

2 The foreign language requirement may be satisfied by successful completion of the second semester of the intermediate level of the student’s chosen language (typically 232), or by placing out of that language through the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures’ placement test.

Political Science Major with ISS Minor


Requirements for the Political Science B.A. are on the Political Science Department page.

Degree Requirements


  • General Education 41 Credit Hours 1
  • Foreign Language classes (intermediate level required) 0-14 Credit Hours 2
  • Philosophy course (in addition to General Education courses) 3 Credit Hours
  • Major requirements 39 Credit Hours
  • Minor requirements (listed below) 22 Credit Hours
  • Electives 1-15 Credit Hours
Footnotes

1 The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.

2 The foreign language requirement may be satisfied by successful completion of the second semester of the intermediate level of the student’s chosen language (typically 232), or by placing out of that language through the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures’ placement test.

Total: 120 Credit Hours

ISS Minor Requirements


To be licensed to teach secondary school social studies, the student must satisfactorily complete requirements for a baccalaureate degree in either history or political science and complete the ISS minor that is paired with that major.

ISS for History Majors


History Majors in Four-year Program


Capstone: 3 Credit Hours

Footnotes

1 For four-year program: MSSE 470 and HIST 357  spring junior year double count in history and ISS.
2 For five-year program: MSSE 470 and POSC 457  fall senior year count in ISS only.

Government and Politics Requirement: 6 Credit Hours

Total: 23 Credit Hours

History Majors in Five-year Program


Capstone: 3 Credit Hours

Footnotes

1 For four-year program: MSSE 470 and HIST 357  spring junior year double count in history and ISS.
2 For five-year program: MSSE 470 and POSC 457  fall senior year count in ISS only.

Government and Politics Requirement: 9 Credit Hours

Total: 26 Credit Hours


ISS for Political Science Majors


HIST 225  must be completed for General Education credit.

Political Science Majors in Five-year Program

Capstone: 3 Credit Hours

Footnotes

1 For four year program: MSSE 470 and POSC 457  spring junior year double count in political science and ISS.
2 For five year program: MSSE 470 and POSC 457  fall senior year count in ISS only.
3 May double-count for General Education credit.

Choose one. Thinking Geographically: 3 Credit Hours

Choose one. Virginia History requirement: 3 Credit Hours

Choose one. Regional HIST Elective: 3 Credit Hours

Choose one. Transnational HIST Elective: 3 Credit Hours

Total: 29 Credit Hours

Interdisciplinary Social Science Minor for Middle Education


Capstone: 3 Credit Hours


Choose one. Virginia History Requirement: 3 Credit Hours


Choose one. Thinking with Geography and Economics: 3 Credit Hours


Two Social Studies electives: 6-7 Credit Hours


The social studies electives requirement will be waived for students who have declared two content areas for the Middle Education major.

See adviser for this requirement. Generally courses in HIST/POSC/SOC/ANTH/GEOG/ECON/IDLS offered at the 200-400 level will be approved for this requirement.

Total: 28-29 Credit Hours


Footnotes


May double-count for General Education credit. 

Capstone; corequisite with MSSE 470H .

Total: 120 Credit Hours


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