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Department of Psychology

Mission Statement

Degree and Major Requirements

Goals
Co-curricular Activities and

Courses for Future Graduate Students

Organizations

Other Psychology Programs

Special Admission Requirements



Dr. Michael Stoloff, Head Dr. Kevin Apple & Dr. Suzanne Baker, Assistant Department Heads

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

Professors
C. Abrahamson, S. Baker, J. Benedict, S. Evans, P. Gibson, J. Grayson, C. Harris, A. Kahn, M. Stoloff, R. West

Associate Professors
J. Andre, K. Apple, K. Barron, W. Evans, S. Serdikoff

Assistant Professors
M. Hall, C. Huffman, N. Kerr, A. Nasim, M. Reis-Bergan, B. Saville, Z. Serpell, C. Talley, T. Zinn

Affiliate Associate Professors
J. Brewster, S. Lovell, S. Rogers, A. Trice

Affiliate Instructor
H. Wing

Adjunct Professor Emeritus
W. Hall

Adjunct Assistant Professors
B. Graham, B. McKenzie, J. Reifsteck, M. Shutty, Jr.



Mission Statement

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 and business. The program contributes significantly to the university's general education program and also provides service courses for students in other academic programs. The program contributes to graduate education in Psychology through close affiliation with the Department of Graduate Psychology. 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.


Goals

  • To prepare students for graduate work by offering a rigorous background in psychology. Students will develop the knowledge and skills 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, developmental psychology, research, and other fields.
  • To prepare psychology majors wanting to use their bachelor's degree to seek employment. Psychology majors develop the knowledge and skills that help them develop careers dealing with people including positions in research, business, and human services.
  • 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.
  • ABPsi. The JMU student circle of the Association of Black Psychologists is open to all students interested in promoting the field of psychology among all people.
  • 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 Requirements

Admission to JMU does not guarantee admission to the Psychology Major. Students may enter JMU as “Psychology preparation students” and apply to become majors later. Spaces will be available each year. The exact number will be determined each year based on the ability of the department to provide a quality educational experience for its majors. Spaces available is influenced by factors such as the number of students who are graduating and the size of the faculty. Before applying to become a Psychology Major, all students must complete GPSYC 101 (General Psychology) and Math 220 (Statistics). Overall G.P.A. is an important factor in acceptance decisions. Procedures for becoming a major are available on the department Web site.

Retention

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

Required courses

Credit Hours

General Education

41

Foreign Language classes (Intermediate level required)

0-14

Philosophy course(s) (In addition to General Education courses)

3

Major requirements (listed below)

38

Electives

24-38


 

120

Major Requirements

 

Credit Hours

GPSYC 101. General Psychology

3

PSYC 210. Psychological Measurement and Statistics

4

PSYC 211. Psychological Research Methods

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

 


 

38

Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Degree Requirements

Required courses

Credit Hours

General Education 1

41

Quantitative requirement (In addition to General Education)

3

Scientific Literacy requirement (In addition to General Education)

3-4

Major requirements (listed below)

38

Electives

34-35


 

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

 

Credit Hours

GPSYC 101. General Psychology

3

PSYC 210. Psychological Measurement and Statistics

4

PSYC 211. Psychological Research Methods

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

 


 

38

With the assistance of their faculty advisers, students majoring in psychology select their area courses and psychology electives to meet their own individual needs and goals. Within the structure of the program, students may choose the courses of greatest interest to them.

Recommended Schedule for Majors

The following program sample is intended as a guide. Courses must be taken in the sequence outlined; however, the semester during which a particular course is taken depends on a number of factors including readiness to take MATH 220, the semester the psychology major is started and other majors or minors the student is completing.
Students are encouraged to meet regularly with their psychology academic adviser to plan their personal course schedule. Because of course sequencing requirements, even with the most compressed program, a minimum of five semesters (or four semesters and summer school) is required to complete the psychology major.

First Year
First Semester

Credit Hours

MATH 220. Elementary Statistics1

3

GPSYC 101. General Psychology

3

General Education courses

9


 

15

 

First Year
Second Semester

Credit Hours

General Education, B.A./B.S. degree requirement,
and/or minor program courses

15


 

15

 

 

Second Year
First Semester

Credit Hours

PSYC 210. Psychological Measurement and Statistics

4

General Education, B.A./B.S. degree requirement,
minor program, and/or psychology elective courses

12


 

16

 

 

Second Year
Second Semester

Credit Hours

PSYC 211. Psychological Research Methods

4

General Education, B.A./B.S. degree requirement,
minor program, and/or psychology elective courses

12


 

16


Third Year

Credit Hours

Psychology Area A courses

6

Psychology Area B courses

6

Minor program courses or electives

18


 

30

 

Fourth Year

Credit Hours

Psychology 400-level electives

6

Psychology capstone course

3

Final Psychology, minor program or elective courses

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 taking courses that emphasize writing skills, quantitative skills, critical thinking and analysis, and/or oral communication

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


Other Psychology Programs

Accelerated Graduate Experiences

With special permission, seniors with outstanding academic records may take up to 9 credit hours of graduate courses. These courses cannot count towards their undergraduate degree, but they will appear on their transcript as "Reserve Graduate Credit," Page 28. Successful completion of graduate courses does not guarantee admission to any graduate program, however, completion of graduate courses can be excellent preparation for future graduate school experiences.

Graduate Programs

The Department of Graduate Psychology at James Madison University 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 Philosophy

Assessment and Measurement

Doctor of Psychology

Combined/Integrated Program in Clinical, Counseling and School Psychology

Inquiries concerning any of these graduate programs should be directed to the respective program director.
Counseling Psychology
Psychological Sciences
School Psychology
Combined Integrated 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. Donna Sundre
Phone: (540) 568-3483
E-mail: sundredl@jmu.edu

 

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