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1. General Education

1.1. Cluster 1

1.1.1. GPHIL 120. Critical Thinking. 3 credits. An introduction to the techniques for analyzing and evaluating information in everyday experience. The functions of language will be discussed. Techniques for judging the strengths of arguments and the reasonableness of the arguments` premises will be examined. This course cannot be used to fulfill the B.A. Philosophy requirement. http://www.jmu.edu/catalog/14/courses/PHIL.shtml#sthash.XmCqgpNg.dpuf

1.2. Madison Research Essentials Test

1.3. EXEMPT VIA AP SCORES GWRTC 103. Critical Reading and Writing. 3 credits. Fosters reflective, critical reading, writing, and research in public discourse, culture, humanities, technology, and science. Challenges students to consider cross-disciplinary modes of inquiry through multiple genres with an attention to enlightened, global citizenship. Emphasizes revising for rhetorical effectiveness. GWRTC 103 fulfills the General Education Cluster One writing requirement and is a prerequisite for all WRTC courses numbered 200 or above. - See more at: http://www.jmu.edu/catalog/14/courses/GENERAL-EDUCATION.shtml#GWRTC103

1.4. GCOM 121. Fundamental Human Communication: Presentations. 3 credits. Study of human communication as a process. Overview of the principles and practices of interpersonal, small group and public communication. Emphasis on examining the role of self-concept, perception, culture, verbal and nonverbal dimensions in the communication process, using power and managing conflict, applying critical listening, practicing audience analysis within informative speech making. Public speaking required.

1.5. Cluster 2

1.5.1. EXEMPT VIA AP SCORES GHIST 225. U.S. History. 4 credits. A survey of U.S. history from the Colonial period to the present, emphasizing the development of American civic life, the involvement of the U.S. in world affairs and the cultural richness of the American people. This course stresses the analysis and interpretation of primary sources. - See more at: http://www.jmu.edu/catalog/14/courses/GENERAL-EDUCATION.shtml#GHIST225

1.6. Cluster 3

1.6.1. *MATH 220. Elementary Statistics. 3 credits. Offered fall and spring. Descriptive statistics, frequency distributions, sampling, estimation and testing of hypotheses, regression, correlation and an introduction to statistical analysis using computers. Prerequisite: MATH 105 or sufficient score on the Mathematics Placement Exam. - See more at: http://www.jmu.edu/catalog/14/courses/MATH.shtml#MATH220 DEB HALL

1.6.2. *CHEM 120. Concepts of Chemistry. 3 credits. A one-semester introduction to the fundamental principles, laws and applications of chemistry. Examples relating to the health sciences are emphasized. Not available for major or minor credit in chemistry. - See more at: http://www.jmu.edu/catalog/14/courses/CHEM.shtml#CHEM131

1.6.3. *BIO 270. Human Physiology (3, 2). 4 credits. An introduction to basic physiological principles using humans as the primary organism. Physiological adaptations will be examined at the molecular through organismal levels. Intended for students in health-related fields and Cluster 3 of the General Education program. Not available for biology or biotechnology major credit. Prerequisites or corequisites: CHEM 120 or CHEM 131 or equivalent, and MATH 220 or equivalent. - See more at: http://www.jmu.edu/catalog/14/courses/GENERAL-EDUCATION.shtml#GBIO103

1.7. Cluster 4

1.7.1. EXEMPT VIA AP SCORES GHIST 225. U.S. History. 4 credits. A survey of U.S. history from the Colonial period to the present, emphasizing the development of American civic life, the involvement of the U.S. in world affairs and the cultural richness of the American people. This course stresses the analysis and interpretation of primary sources. - See more at: http://www.jmu.edu/catalog/14/courses/GENERAL-EDUCATION.shtml#GHIST225

1.7.2. GECON 200. Introduction to Macroeconomics. 3 credits. Behavior of systems at the national and international levels. Topics include the methodology of economics as a social science, supply and demand, definition and measurement of important macroeconomic variables, and theoretical models of growth, inflation, interest rates, unemployment, business cycles, stabilization policy, exchange rates and the balance of payments. Not open to students who are enrolled in or who have received credit for ECON 332. - See more at: http://www.jmu.edu/catalog/14/courses/GENERAL-EDUCATION.shtml#GECON200

1.8. Cluster 5

1.8.1. EXEMPT VIA AP SCORES GPSYC 101. General Psychology. 3 credits. A study of the nervous system, sensation, perception, consciousness, learning, memory, language, intelligence, motivation, emotion, life span development, personality, psychopathology, psychotherapy, social psychology and the scientific method. - See more at: http://www.jmu.edu/catalog/14/courses/GENERAL-EDUCATION.shtml#GPSYC101

1.8.2. GHTH 100. Personal Wellness. 3 credits. Offered fall, spring and summer. Emphasizes lifestyle behaviors contributing to health promotion and disease prevention. General areas affecting health status are identified. Suggestions are made as to how health-related behaviors, self-care and individual decisions contribute to health and influence dimensions of wellness - See more at: http://www.jmu.edu/catalog/14/courses/HTH.shtml#sthash.a1nElh29.dpuf

2. Scientific Literacy Requirement

2.1. ISAT 360. Introduction to Networking and Security. 3 credits. This course focuses on the underlying principles of networking and how these principles are utilized to provide efficient and secure networks in support of voice, data, video and mobility services and applications. Emphasis is also placed on understanding the network standards and protocols, network architectures, network security, network analysis/trouble shooting and network management issues and resolution/mitigation strategies. The course has a technology (hands-on) focus. Prerequisite: ISAT 252 or CS 139 or CS 149 or permission of the instructor. Corequisite for CIS majors: CIS 304. - See more at: http://www.jmu.edu/catalog/14/courses/ISAT.shtml#sthash.HW8CRcQ7.dpuf

3. Quantative Requirement

3.1. MATH 321. Analysis of Variance and Experimental Design. 3 credits. Offered fall and spring. Introduction to basic concepts in statistics with applications of statistical techniques including estimation, test of hypothesis, analysis of variance and topics in experimental design. Prerequisite: MATH 220 or MATH 318 or equivalent. - See more at: http://www.jmu.edu/catalog/14/courses/MATH.shtml#sthash.FvNE4d0M.dpuf

3.2. Math 220 (See General Education)

4. IA Foundations and Core Courses

4.1. IA Foundations Courses

4.1.1. IA 200. Introduction to National Security Intelligence. 3 credits. Intelligence analysis is a complex, dynamic process that includes determining the intelligence needs, data collection, pre-processing, analysis and production of the customer’s product. This is an introduction to the history, structure and practices of the national security intelligence community (IC). The course is team-oriented, project-based and grounded in the relevant legal and ethical context. - See more at: http://www.jmu.edu/catalog/14/courses/IA.shtml#sthash.E6LvKOWg.dpuf

4.1.2. IA 405. Ethics, Law and Intelligence Analysis. 3 credits. This course will examine ethical and legal issues raised in the practice of intelligence analysis. It will draw on philosophical ethical theories and reasoning to explicate the issues addressed, and will explore the relevant constitutional and other legal constraints on the practice of intelligence analysis, particularly issues of information privacy, civil liberties and limitations on government action. Prerequisite: IA 314. - See more at: http://www.jmu.edu/catalog/14/courses/IA.shtml#sthash.E6LvKOWg.dpuf

4.1.2.1. IA 210. Introduction to Global Competitive Intelligence. 3 credits. This course will focus on global competitive intelligence (CI): the tools and methods that enhance strategic and tactical decision making in the analysis and interpretation of business data related to current and emerging competitors. The course is team-oriented, project-based and grounded in the relevant legal and ethical context. Not open to students in the College of Business. Prerequisites: Grades of “C” or better in IA 200, IA 261 and ISAT 252. Not open to students pursuing a major or minor in CIS. Not open to any major in the COB other than international business. - See more at: http://www.jmu.edu/catalog/14/courses/IA.shtml#sthash.E6LvKOWg.dpuf

4.1.3. IA 400. Cognitive Science and Intelligence Analysis. 3 credits. Cognitive science examines a wide range of mind/brain processes, including thinking, learning, language acquisition, pattern recognition, memory, creativity, volition, etc. This course will take an information processing systems approach to study cognitive processes that comprise intelligence analysis. The course is team-oriented, project-based and grounded in the relevant legal and ethical context. Prerequisite: IA 314. - See more at: http://www.jmu.edu/catalog/14/courses/IA.shtml#sthash.E6LvKOWg.dpuf

4.1.4. IA 440. Seminar on Issues in Intelligence Analysis. 3 credits. This course will focus on important issues in the theory and practice of intelligence analysis as the basis for implementing team projects in the IA Capstone Seminar. Students will individually identify, analyze, plan and report on a feasible capstone seminar project. Students will then organize teams and develop plans to complete a subset of the most promising projects in the Capstone Seminar. Prerequisites: Senior standing in the IA program and IA 314. - See more at: http://www.jmu.edu/catalog/14/courses/IA.shtml#sthash.E6LvKOWg.dpuf

4.1.5. IA 450. Capstone Project in Intelligence Analysis. 3 credits. Building on the Seminar on Issues in Intelligence Analysis students will complete and present solutions for team-based intelligence community or competitive intelligence IA projects. Students will produce written and oral technical reports/briefs of their results. Prerequisite: IA 440. - See more at: http://www.jmu.edu/catalog/14/courses/IA.shtml#sthash.E6LvKOWg.dpuf

4.2. Technology and Tools Core Courses

4.2.1. ISAT 252. Programming and Problem Solving (2, 2). 3 credits. Introduction to computational thinking and formal logic. Students create software to solve problems in applied science, business, and engineering taking social context into account. Programming paradigms include procedural, object-oriented, event-driven, and declarative. Emphasis is placed on effective analysis, planning, documentation, communication, and teamwork in professional software development settings. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. - See more at: http://www.jmu.edu/catalog/14/courses/ISAT.shtml#sthash.NgcRhYJA.dpuf

4.2.2. IA 340. Data Mining, Modeling and Knowledge Discovery. 3 credits. Data mining is the nontrivial extraction of previously unknown and potentially useful information from (large) data sets to help explain current behaviors and anticipate future outcomes. Students will apply data mining and knowledge discovery methods to data sets from business, industry and government. The course is team-oriented, project-based and grounded in the relevant legal and ethical context. Prerequisites: Grades of “C” or better in ISAT 252, IA 200 and IA 261. - See more at: http://www.jmu.edu/catalog/14/courses/IA.shtml#sthash.E6LvKOWg.dpuf

4.2.3. IA 341. System Dynamics Modeling, Simulation and Analysis. 3 credits. System dynamics analysis is a perspective and a set of conceptual and computing tools to help us understand the structure and dynamics of complex systems. This course will apply system dynamics analysis to complex systems (problems) that involve the interplay of physical and social-political factors. The course is team-oriented, project-based and grounded in the relevant legal and ethical context. Prerequisite: IA 312. - See more at: http://www.jmu.edu/catalog/14/courses/IA.shtml#sthash.E6LvKOWg.dpuf

4.2.4. IA 342. Visualization Methods, Technologies and Tools for Intelligence Analysis. 3 credits. Data visualization presents laboratory or simulation data or the results from sensors out in the field in a way that aids reasoning about and hypothesis building in complex data sets. This course will apply data visualization technologies and tools to timely data sets from business, industry and government. The course is team-oriented, project-based and grounded in the relevant legal and ethical context. Prerequisites: ISAT 251 and ISAT 252. - See more at: http://www.jmu.edu/catalog/14/courses/IA.shtml#sthash.E6LvKOWg.dpuf

4.3. Intelligence Analysis

4.3.1. IA 312. Causal Analysis. 3 credits. Examines causal analysis in national, military, counter, and competitive intelligence. By assessing a factor’s amount and kind of efficacy, students will learn the most reliable methods for distinguishing between relevant/irrelevant events and factors, identifying and excluding “pseudo-causes,” and anticipating higher order effects of a causal process. Prerequisites: Grades of “C” or better in IA 200, IA 261 and ISAT 252. - See more at: http://www.jmu.edu/catalog/14/courses/IA.shtml#sthash.E6LvKOWg.dpuf

4.3.2. IA 313. Counterfactual Reasoning. 3 credits. Examines counterfactual reasoning in national, military, counter, and competitive intelligence. By analyzing alternate scenarios and their consequences, students will learn the most relevant methods for employing creative thinking in generating, developing, and assessing possibilities; substantiating “after-action” reports, and structuring futures analysis. Prerequisite: IA 312. - See more at: http://www.jmu.edu/catalog/14/courses/IA.shtml#sthash.E6LvKOWg.dpuf

4.3.3. IA/PHIL 314. Strategy Assessment (Rational Decision Theory). 3 credits. Examines strategy assessment in national, military, counter, and competitive intelligence. By applying probabilities and goals to potential threats and opportunities (short and long-term), students will learn the most relevant methods for formulating and evaluating possible courses of action, and projecting and explaining actions by assessing an agents’ strategic interests and circumstances. Prerequisite: IA 313. - See more at: http://www.jmu.edu/catalog/14/courses/IA.shtml#sthash.E6LvKOWg.dpuf

4.3.4. IA 261. Hypothesis Testing. 3 credits. Examines hypothesis testing in national, military, counter, and competitive intelligence. By comparing alternate theories in terms of their explanatory power and predictive success, students will learn the most relevant methods for integrating facts into unified theories, assessing theories, and properly qualifying and reevaluating theories to compensate for risk and uncertainty. - See more at: http://www.jmu.edu/catalog/14/courses/IA.shtml#sthash.E6LvKOWg.dpuf

5. Electives

5.1. Arabic Minor

5.1.1. ARAB 111. Intensive Arabic I. 6 credits. The fundamentals of Arabic through intensive listening, speaking, reading and writing. This four-week course is the equivalent of ARAB 101-102. - See more at: http://www.jmu.edu/catalog/14/courses/ARAB.shtml#ARAB300

5.1.2. ARAB 212. Intensive Arabic II. 6 credits. A thorough review of grammar, vocabulary building, conversation, composition and reading at the intermediate level. This four-week course is the equivalent of ARAB 231-232. Prerequisite: ARAB 102 or ARAB 111 or permission of the instructor. - See more at: http://www.jmu.edu/catalog/14/courses/ARAB.shtml#ARAB300

5.1.3. ARAB 300. Arabic Grammar and Communication. 3 credits. Intensive training in grammatical structures and their application to oral and written communication. Instruction is in Arabic. Fulfills the College of Arts and Letters writing-intensive requirement for the major. Prerequisite: ARAB 212 or ARAB 232 or permission of the instructor. - See more at: http://www.jmu.edu/catalog/14/courses/ARAB.shtml#ARAB300

5.1.4. ARAB 307. A History of Islamic Civilization, 600-1600 A.D. 3 credits. A study of society, economics, politics, culture and the arts of the Islamic world from the rise of Islam to the establishment of the gunpowder empires (Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal). Instruction is in English. - See more at: http://www.jmu.edu/catalog/14/courses/ARAB.shtml#ARAB300

5.1.5. ARAB 308. Contemporary Islamic Civilization. 3 credits. A study of society, economics, politics, culture and the arts of the Islamic world, with a focus on the Arabic-speaking regions, from 1700 A.D. to the present. Instruction is in English. - See more at: http://www.jmu.edu/catalog/14/courses/ARAB.shtml#ARAB300

5.1.6. ARAB 320. Arabic Oral and Written Communication. 3 credits. Intensive training in the use of modern, everyday Arabic with emphasis on conversation and composition. Readings in Arabic will provide a context for discussion and writing. Prerequisite: ARAB 300 or permission of the instructor. - See more at: http://www.jmu.edu/catalog/14/courses/ARAB.shtml#ARAB300

5.1.7. ARAB 371. Advanced Arabic Grammar and Translation. 3 credits. Arabic/English translation applied in several fields. In this course students analyze the main grammatical differences between Arabic and English with the focus on producing accurate and idiomatic translations into both languages. Prerequisite: ARAB 300 or permission of the instructor. - See more at: http://www.jmu.edu/catalog/14/courses/ARAB.shtml#ARAB300

5.1.8. ARAB 400. Advanced Arabic Writing and Conversation. 3 credits. Discussions and writings deal with topics of current interest. Prerequisite: ARAB 300 or permission of the instructor. - See more at: http://www.jmu.edu/catalog/14/courses/ARAB.shtml#ARAB300

5.1.9. A study of the life of the Prophet Muhammad and the contents of his message as found in the "Sira" (his biography), the Qur`an, and the "hadith" (reports concerning his sayings and actions). Instruction is in English. Prerequisite: ARAB 300 or permission of the instructor. - See more at: http://www.jmu.edu/catalog/14/courses/ARAB.shtml#ARAB400

6. POSC 458. International Political Analysis. 3 credits. An examination of techniques and principles for the analysis of future political conditions and future government decisions. - See more at: http://www.jmu.edu/catalog/14/courses/POSC.shtml#sthash.AL0xWZLb.dpuf

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8. National Security Concentration

8.1. POSC 348. The Politics of Cultural Pluralism. 3 credits. This course examines the various manifestations of cultural pluralism, a situation that occurs when multiple ethnic, religious, and/or linguistic groups coexist within a single state. The course considers different institutional and policy approaches to coping with cultural pluralism. - See more at: http://www.jmu.edu/catalog/14/courses/POSC.shtml#sthash.AL0xWZLb.dpuf

9. GEOG 375. Political Geography. 3 credits. Geopolitical conflicts and issues are examined. Concepts such as territoriality, nationalism, religious and ethnic struggle, environmental degradation, and freedom and justice are discussed in the context of political unrest. Significant geopolitical theories and social and economic processes are explored. - See more at: http://www.jmu.edu/catalog/14/courses/GEOG.shtml#sthash.5jsIxpP7.dpuf

10. POSC 340. Political Development in the Third World. 3 credits. A comparative study of the processes of political development in the developing nations of the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America. Attention is given to the special problems confronting these nations and their implications for the global systems. - See more at: http://www.jmu.edu/catalog/14/courses/POSC.shtml#sthash.AL0xWZLb.dpuf