Jul 22, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Individualized Study, B.S. with a major in Independent Scholars

Program Description

Individualized curricula using existing courses across participating JMU units will be constructed with faculty oversight to help students pursue their own inquiry goals. Each student’s curriculum will include:

  • a cross-disciplinary exploration course (IND 200 )
  • at least 36 credit hours of course work beyond General Education requirements
  • at least four credits of skill-enhancing workshops (IND 300 )
  • a six-credit hour senior project (IND 499A )
  • the plans for relevant field experiences, internships and/or study abroad programs.

For students in the honors program, the IS senior project will fulfill the senior honors project requirement.

Admission to the Major

  • Acceptance into the IS major is based on successful completion of the IND 200 introductory course.
  • Interested students will meet with IS faculty to discuss enrolling in the IS introductory course (IND 200), which is taught each semester.
  • Decisions about acceptance into IS will be made by the IS faculty. Successful applicants will develop a convincing inquiry proposal and feasible curriculum, that clearly outlines a topic of inquiry, and demonstrates exceptional intellectual curiosity, communication ability, and independent research potential.
  • Students not accepted into IS at the end of IND 200 will be carefully advised into other majors and can use the three IND credits as electives.

Degree and Major Requirements

Degree Requirements Credit Hours
General Education 1 41
Quantitative requirement 2 3
Scientific Literacy requirement 2  3-4
Major requirements 49





1 The General Education  program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. Some credits may be fulfilled by courses required within the major.
2 In addition to course work taken to fulfill General Education  requirement.