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Psychology

Dr. Michael Stoloff, Head

Phone: (540) 568-6114
Web site: http://www.psyc.jmu.edu/


Professors
V. Andreoli Mathie, J. Benedict, A. Benson, D. Brown, H. Cobb, L. Echterling, T. Erwin, T. Gonzalez, J. Grayson, C. Harris, A. Kahn, J. McKee, J. Presbury, A. Stewart, M. Stoloff, N. Walker, P. Warner, R. West, S. Wise

Associate Professors
C. Abrahamson, S. Baker, J. Brewster, S. Evans, P. Gibson,T. Gilligan, S. Lovell, S. Rogers, S. Serdikoff, C. Shealy, R. Staton, D. Sundre, A. Trice

Assistant Professors
K. Apple, J. Andre, K. Barron, M. Kielty Briggs, E. Cowan, C. DeMars, S. Evans, W. Evans, S. Finney, C. Huffman, C. Lockett, A. Menard, D. Pastor, M. Reis-Bergan, T. Schulte, C. Talley, L. Ward

Instructors
P. Critzer, E. Dahmus, D. Harper, J. McConnel, R. Mitchell, H. Wing


Mission Statement
The mission of the Department of Psychology is to promote a broad undergraduate education and specialized graduate training in the field of psychology. The department offers an undergraduate program that prepares students for professional and scientific training at the graduate level in psychology or related areas or for employment in human service fields, education, management or related professions. We also contribute significantly to the universityÕs general education program. We offer masterÕs, educational specialist and doctoral degree programs that prepare students for advanced studies and professional careers in research, business, human services, community counseling, school counseling, school psychology, college student personnel administration, assessment and evaluation, or related fields. The department houses an on-campus interdisciplinary human development center to support academic programs in the Departmentof Psychology. The department encourages a variety of off-campus service-learning activities as well. The faculty members in the department are committed to providing superlative teaching, engaging in significant scholarly activity, and providing broad service to the university, community and profession. We strive to maintain an environment that models and encourages open communication, collaboration, life-long learning and community involvement on the part of students, staff and faculty.

The mission of the undergraduate program is to provide broad training in psychological principles and in research methodology as applied to the study of psychology. The program is designed to prepare psychology majors for professional and scientific graduate level training in psychology and related fields and/or for employment in bachelor's degree-level positions in fields such as human services, education and business. The program also provides service courses for students in other academic programs including general education.


Goals
  • To prepare students for graduate work by offering a rigorous background in psychology. Students within this approach will receive the fundamental knowledge needed for professional or scientific training at the graduate level leading to possible careers in higher education, clinical psychology, school psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, counseling psychology, research, etc.
  • To prepare psychology majors wanting to use their bachelorÕs degree to seek employment. Psychology majors within this approach will receive fundamental knowledge that can be applied to careers dealing with people including positions in management and education, as well as in human service fields.
  • To provide general education and other courses for students in other academic programs.


Co-curricular Activities and Organizations
  • Psychology Club. This club is open to all students with an interest in psychology.
  • Psi Chi. The local chapter of the national honor society in psychology is open to students with a strong interest in psychology and an exceptional academic record.
  • Peer Advising. These students serve as peer-consultants to psychology majors and minors. Students are trained during their junior year and serve as advisers during their senior year.
Special Admission and Retention Requirements
All psychology courses taken must carry a grade of "C-" or better to apply to the major. A psychology course completed with a grade of "D" may be credited toward graduation requirements but may not be included in courses credited toward the psychology major.

Prerequisites
Psychology majors must complete GPSYC 101, PSYC 210 and PSYC 211 before enrolling in courses numbered 330 and above. The prerequisite for PSYC 210 is MATH 220. Non-psychology students may enroll in the 300- and 400-level courses only if they have fulfilled course prerequisites.

Registration and Assessment
During registration, psychology majors will be given priority for course selection. Graduating majors must participate in assessment activities. Assessment information helps the faculty modify the psychology curriculum to meet student needs.


Degree and Major Requirements

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Degree Requirements

Credit Hours
General Education 41-44
Foreign Language classes (Intermediate level required) 0-14
Philosophy course(s) (In addition to General Education courses) 3
Major requirements (listed below) and electives 60-71

120


Major Requirements

Core Corses Credit Hours
GPSYC 101. General Psychology 3
PSYC 210. Psychological Measurement and Statistics 4
PSYC 211. Experimental Psychology 4
Area A: (choose at least two of the following): 6
PSYC 330. Psychology of Personality
PSYC 335. Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 345. Social Psychology
PSYC 365. Developmental Psychology
Area B: (choose at least two of the following): 6
PSYC 375. Sensation and Perception
PSYC 380. Cognitive Psychology
PSYC 385. Biopsychology
PSYC 390. Psychology of Learning
PSYC 395. Comparative Psychology
Psychology electives (at least six hours of these electives must be at the 400 level. SPED 200 may be used as a psychology elective.) 12
Capstone course (choose one of the following): 3
PSYC 492. History of Psychology
PSYC 493. Laboratory in Psychology
PSYC 495. Field Placement in Psychology
PSYC 497. Senior Seminar in Psychology
PSYC 499. Honors Thesis



Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Degree Requirements

Credit Hours
General Education 41
Mathematics course 3
Social science or natural science course(s) 3-4
Major requirements (listed below) and electives 73-77

120


1 The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.

Major Requirements

Core Corses Credit Hours
GPSYC 101. General Psychology 3
PSYC 210. Psychological Measurement and Statistics 4
PSYC 211. Experimental Psychology 4
Area A: (choose at least two of the following): 6
PSYC 330. Psychology of Personality
PSYC 335. Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 345. Social Psychology
PSYC 365. Developmental Psychology
Area B: (choose at least two of the following): 6
PSYC 375. Sensation and Perception
PSYC 380. Cognitive Psychology
PSYC 385. Biopsychology
PSYC 390. Psychology of Learning
PSYC 395. Comparative Psychology
Psychology electives (at least six hours of these electives must be at the 400 level. SPED 200 may be used as a psychology elective.) 12
Capstone course (choose one of the following): 3
PSYC 492. History of Psychology
PSYC 493. Laboratory in Psychology
PSYC 495. Field Placement in Psychology
PSYC 497. Senior Seminar in Psychology
PSYC 499. Honors Thesis

Recommended Schedule for Majors


First Year First Semester Credit Hours
MATH 220. Elementary Statistics1 3
GPSYC 101. General Psychology 3
General Education courses 9

15

Second Semester Credit Hours
PSYC 210. Psychological Measurement and Statistics 4
General Education courses 9
B.A./B.S. degree requirements, minor program courses or psychology electives 3

16


Second Year First Semester Credit Hours
PSYC 211. Psychological Research Methods 3
General Education courses 9
B.A./B.S. degree requirements, minor program courses or psychology electives 3

16

Second Semester Credit Hours
Psychology Area A course 3
Psychology Area B course 3
General Education, B.A./B.S. requirements, or minor program courses 9

15

Third Year Credit Hours
Psychology Area A course 3
Psychology Area B course 3
Psychology electives 3
Minor program courses and electives 21

30

Fourth Year Credit Hours
Psychology capstone course 3
Psychology electives 6
Minor program courses and electives 21

30

1 An alternative preliminary math course may be suggested after placement examinations. If suggested, the preliminary course should be taken first semester and MATH 220 second semester. 2 MATH 220 is a prerequisite for PSYC 210. 3 PSYC 210 is a prerequisite for PSYC 211.


Courses for Future Graduate Students

Many JMU psychology students plan to pursue advanced study at the graduate level after earning their bachelor's degrees. The following courses are recommended for those students who intend to apply to graduate school.
  • Consider taking additional credit hours of psychology courses beyond the 38 hours that are required for graduation.
  • Take as many "area" courses in psychology as possible. Only two courses in Social Science Psychology (Area A) and two courses in Natural Science Psychology (Area B) are required for graduation. However, students preparing for graduate school should take additional courses from these selections.
  • Participate in an individualized learning experience, such as
    PSYC 290. Directed Studies in Psychology
    PSYC 402. Independent Study in Psychology
    PSYC 495. Field Placement in Psychology
    PSYC 499. Honors Thesis.
  • Taking an advanced statistics courses is highly recommended. Consider the following
    MATH 321. Analysis of Variance and Experimental Design
    MATH 322. Applied Linear Regression
    MATH 323. Exploratory Data Analysis
    MATH 324. Applied Nonparametric Statistics
    MATH 325. Survey of Sampling Methods
  • A minor or a selection of courses from other departments that complements the psychology major for the professional field you are pursuing might be very helpful. Discuss your professional goals with your faculty adviser and ask for recommendations. Consider the following:

    Courses that emphasize writing skills.
    Courses that emphasize oral communication.


  • Students interested in applying to a graduate school in psychology should discuss the necessary preparation with their adviser. Students are encouraged to visit the schoolÕs Peer Advising Office in Johnston Hall where materials are available about career and graduate school opportunities.


    Other Psychology Programs
    Five-Year B.S./M.A. Program in Psychological Sciences
    The B.S./M.A. program is designed for outstanding undergraduates who are committed to advanced training in psychology. During the junior year, undergraduate students may apply for admission to the M.A. in Psychological Sciences program. Applicants to the five-year program must meet the regular admissions criteria for the M.A. program. Upon acceptance, students can begin graduate training during their senior year. Students interested in this program should obtain more information from their adviser and refer to "Reserve Graduate Credit."

    Graduate Programs
    The Department of Psychology offers the following graduate degree programs:

    Master of Arts
    Counseling Psychology Psychological Sciences School Psychology

    Master of Education
    School Counseling College Student Personnel Administration

    Educational Specialist
    Counseling Psychology School Psychology

    Doctor of Psychology
    Assessment and Measurement

    Combined Program in Clinical, Counseling and School Psychology

    Inquiries concerning any of these graduate programs should be directed to the respective program coordinator.

    Counseling Psychology

    Psychological Sciences

    School Psychology

    Combined Doctoral Program in Clinical, Counseling and School Psychology
    Mrs. Susan Rippy
    Phone: (540) 568-6439
    E-mail: rippysr@jmu.edu

    Doctoral Program in Assessment and Measurement
    Dr. Steven Wise
    Phone: (540) 568-7022
    E-mail: wisesl@jmu.edu



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