Apr 17, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

General Education: The Human Community


Margaret M. Mulrooney, Senior Associate Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Equity

Mission Statement

In the liberal arts tradition, General Education: The Human Community aspires to create informed global citizens of the 21st century.

James Madison University’s General Education program is committed to creating an equitable and inclusive academic environment for all persons. We affirm that equity advances understanding and is integral to a liberal arts education. We acknowledge the history of exclusion and inequity nationally and at James Madison University. We embrace the process of making JMU’s General Education program accessible, affirming, and action-oriented.

By placing inclusion and equity at the center of our mission, we seek to implement strategies and diversity policies that reimagine the relevance of a liberal arts education. We challenge our community of students, faculty, and staff to engage in personal and collective reflection, development, and action.

Philosophy

General Education: The Human Community is the core academic program of James Madison University in which students come to understand how distinct disciplines look at the world from different vantage points. Courses in The Human Community are organized into five areas, each emphasizing unique tools, rationales and methodologies. Taken together, courses in a student’s chosen major and The Human Community complement and complete each other. Both are integral and essential components of a student’s full and proper education.

Goals

Students understand the historical and contemporary distinctions and interconnections among people, institutions and communities that create, preserve and transmit culture and knowledge in the arts, sciences, mathematics, social sciences and humanities.

Students become skilled in questioning, investigating, analyzing, evaluating and communicating.

Students participate in a variety of aesthetic and civic experiences reflecting human concerns and values that transcend the limits of specialization.

Structure

The Human Community credit hour requirements are:

Area Credit Hours  
Madison Foundations (formerly Cluster One: Skills for the 21st Century)   9 Credit Hours
Arts and Humanities (formerly Cluster Two: Arts and Humanities)   9 Credit Hours
The Natural World (formerly Cluster Three: The Natural World)   10 Credit Hours
American and Global Perspectives (formerly: Cluster Four: Social and Cultural Processes)   7 Credit Hours
Sociocultural and Wellness Area (formerly Cluster Five: Individuals in the Human Community)   6 Credit Hours

  Total: 41 Credit Hours

General Education Courses by Area


Please note: experimental courses are not listed in the catalog.

Arts and Humanities Courses


The Natural World Courses


Lab Experience


  • Physical Principles or Natural Systems course with a lab included, or: