JMU Major: Psychology
Psychology is the major to consider if you want to study the area of science that explores how people and animals think, feel and act. Psychology Title complete coursework that explores behavior, emotions, cognitive processes and the factors that influence them from a variety of perspectives. Psychologists study behavior at both a cellular (e.g. examining the role of the brain and the nervous system) and at a more global level (e.g. examining the influences of culture). As a psychology major you will enhance your problem-solving, critical thinking, writing and oral expression skills as you learn to use the tools available to behavioral scientists.
Students choose to major in psychology for many reasons. Psychology can be your primary area of interest within a liberal arts education that will lead to many professional opportunities that require a bachelor's degree, or it can be a pre-professional program leading to advanced study in graduate school. The most popular types of graduate programs pursued by graduates of our program during the past three years have been counseling, school psychology, education, psychological science, social work, forensic psychology or criminal justice, behavior analysis, school counseling, law school, and clinical psychology.
Each year hundreds of psychology Title participate in research and service learning projects. Each year approximately 50 complete field placements and 16 complete honors thesis projects. Many of our students take their scholarship to a high level, participating as co-authors with faculty on professional conference presentations. See http://psyc.jmu.edu/ug/videos.html for examples of the accomplishments of psychology Title and faculty.
The Department of Psychology moved to newly renovated and well-equipped facilities in January 2008. See http://psyc.jmu.edu/ug for additional information about the JMU psychology major.
New Freshmen and Transfer Students
Declare the psychology major when you register for orientation.
Currently Enrolled Major Changers
If you wish to change your major to psychology you should attend an information session conducted by the Psychology Peer Advisers. All paperwork required to change your major is completed at the conclusion of the session. Sessions are typically scheduled throughout the fall and spring semesters. For dates and additional information see http://www.psyc.jmu.edu/ug/incomingfreshman.html.
Students who meet all of the following criteria will be allowed to change their status from "declared" to "fully-admitted" and will be permitted to make progress in the psychology major beyond a few preliminary courses. Equivalent courses completed at another university for which the student has earned JMU approved transfer credit are acceptable.
New transfer students who have earned at least 30 JMU approved transfer credits including the prerequisite courses in General Psychology and Math (Statistics or Calculus) or General Psychology and either Psychological Statistics or Research Methods in Psychology are automatically admitted to the major.
Students should apply for full admission during the semester when they expect all requirements to be met. Admission decisions are made at the end of each semester and during the summer.
Student not admitted to the major may reapply the following semester.
A psychology course completed with a "D" grade may be credited towards graduation requirements but not major requirements.