In the College of Arts and Letters, we provide the opportunities of a large research-focused institution and the close faculty connections of a small liberal arts college. Our faculty pursue cutting-edge research while involving students in the process. We invite you to share in the joys of open-ended inquiry as a cornerstone of your undergraduate experience. Come learn with us!

Research Opportunities

Humanities Research - Often spans the JMU majors English, History, Modern Foreign Languages and Philosophy and Religion.

Media and Communications Research - Often spans the JMU majors Communication Studies, Media Arts and Design and Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication.

Social Science Research - Often spans the JMU majors Anthropology, International Affairs, Justice Studies, Political Science, Public Administration and Sociology.

Cross-Disciplinary Research 

Presenting Your Research

MADRUSH Undergraduate Research Conference features outstanding work by undergraduate humanities and social science majors across the eastern United States and has become one of the largest humanities and social science undergraduate research conferences in the region.

Contact: Dr. Chris Arndt
Phone: (540) 568-3993           

Publishing Your Research

James Madison Undergraduate Research Journal (JMURJ) is a multidisciplinary, student-run, peer-reviewed undergraduate academic journal that gives undergraduates an outlet for their research and scholarship.

Proceedings of the MADRush Undergraduate Research Conference are published annually and feature outstanding examples of undergraduate research in the humanities and social sciences.

RhetTech—founded by the School of Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication—showcases exemplary work being done in undergraduate writing, rhetoric, and technical communication courses around the country.

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