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Department of Psychology

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


Location: Miller Hall, Room 1120
Phone: (540) 568-6114
E-mail: ugpsyc@jmu.edu
Web site: http://www.psyc.jmu.edu/ug

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

Associate Professors
J. Andre, K. Apple, K. Barron, W. Evans, M. Hall, M. Reis-Bergan, S. Serdikoff, C. Talley

Assistant Professors
C. Huffman, J. Irons, U. Kaplan, N. Lawrence, M. Lee, B. Saville, T. Zinn

Instructor
K. Duvall-Early

Mission Statement
Co-curricular Activities and Organizations
Special Admission Requirements
Degree and Major Requirements
Concentration
Recommended Courses
Other Psychology Programs

Mission Statement
The mission of the Department of Psychology is to educate students in, and contribute to, the science of psychology.

Goals

Co-curricular Activities and Organizations

Special Admission Requirements
Admission to JMU does not guarantee admission to the psychology major. Students interested in completing the intermediate and advanced courses required for the psychology major must meet the department's progression standards and be fully admitted to the major.

Before applying to become a psychology major, students must complete GPSYC 101 (General Psychology) and a mathematics course numbered 205 or above (MATH 220 [Statistics] is recommended). Overall GPA 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 and two statistics and research methodology courses (PSYC 210-211 or PSYC 212-213) before enrolling in courses numbered 330 and above. The prerequisite for PSYC 210 and PSYC 212 is any mathematics course numbered 205 or above. Most psychology courses numbered 330 and above have specific prerequisites. See course listings for details. 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 Education1
41
Foreign Language classes(intermediate level required)
0-14
Philosophy course(s) (in addition to General Education courses)
3
Major requirements (listed below)
44
Electives
18-32

 
120

Major Requirements2
The courses listed below are required of all students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree, or any other bachelor's degree program except Bachelor of Science, regardless of whether psychology is their first or second major.

 
Credit Hours
GPSYC 101. General Psychology
3
Methodology Core3(choose one of the following sequences):
8
PSYC 210. Psychological Measurement and Statistics and
PSYC 211. Psychological Research Methods
PSYC 212. Psychological Research Design and
PSYC 213. Data Analysis I & II
SS Content Core - sychology as a Social Science
9
(choose at least three of the following):
     PSYC 330. Psychology of Personality
     PSYC 335. Abnormal Psychology
     PSYC 345. Social Psychology
     PSYC 365. Developmental Psychology
NS Content Core - Psychology as a Natural Science
9
(choose at least three of the following):
     PSYC 375. Sensation and Perception
     PSYC 380. Cognitive Psychology
     PSYC 385. Biopsychology
     PSYC 390. Psychology of Learning
     PSYC 395. Comparative Animal Behavior
Upper Level Specialty Content Courses
3
(choose at least one of the following):
 
     PSYC 400. Advanced Topics4
     PSYC 410. Industrial/Organizational Psychology
     PSYC 412. Psychology of Motivation
     PSYC 420. Advanced Psychological Statistics
     PSYC 425. School Psychology
     PSYC 427. Tests & Measurement
     PSYC 428. Educational Psychology
     PSYC 430. Clinical Psychology
     PSYC 435. Community Psychology
     PSYC 440. Counseling Psychology
     PSYC 450. Child Abuse and Neglect
     PSYC 452. Child Psychopathology
     PSYC 460. Community Psychology within Developing Societies5
 
     PSYC 465. Black/African Psychology5
     PSYC 475. Psychology of Adulthood
     PSYC 480. Applied Behavior Analysis
Psychology electives (at least three hours of these electives
9
must be at the 400 level)
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 Psychology4
     PSYC 499. Honors Thesis4
 

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.
2 All psychology majors are required to complete at least one course that satisfies our sociocultural awareness requirement. Courses that meet this requirement appear in various sectors of the curriculum and can be used to meet other major requirements.
3 PSYC 210 and PSYC 211 are offered every semester; PSYC 212 is offered only during the fall semester; PSYC 213 is offered only during the spring semester.
4 Some sections of this course MAY meet the sociocultural awareness requirement depending on the content; when this course does meet the requirement it will be listed in the notes section of the course listing in e-campus.
5 Course meets sociocultural awareness requirement.


Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Degree Requirements

Required Courses
Credit Hours
General Education1
41
Major requirements (listed below)
44
Cognate requirements2
9-11
Electives
18-32

 
120

Major Requirements3
The courses and cognate described below are required of all students pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree, regardless of whether psychology is their first or second major.

 
Credit Hours
GPSYC 101. General Psychology
3
Methodology Core4(choose one of the following sequences):
8
     PSYC 210. Psychological Measurement and Statistics and
     PSYC 211. Psychological Research Methods
     PSYC 212. Psychological Research Design and
     PSYC 213. Data Analysis I & II
SS Content Core - Psychology as a Social Science (choose at least three of the following):
9
     PSYC 330. Psychology of Personality
     PSYC 335. Abnormal Psychology
     PSYC 345. Social Psychology
     PSYC 365. Developmental Psychology
PSYC 385. Biopsychology
3
NS Content Core - Psychology as a Natural Science (choose at least two of the following):
6
     PSYC 375. Sensation and Perception
     PSYC 380. Cognitive Psychology
     PSYC 390. Psychology of Learning
     PSYC 395. Comparative Animal Behavior
Upper Level Specialty Content Courses (choose at least one of the following):
3
     PSYC 400. Advanced Topics5
     PSYC 410. Industrial/Organizational Psychology
     PSYC 412. Psychology of Motivation
     PSYC 420. Advanced Psychological Statistics
     PSYC 425. School Psychology
     PSYC 427. Tests & Measurement
     PSYC 428. Educational Psychology
     PSYC 430. Clinical Psychology
     PSYC 435. Community Psychology
     PSYC 440. Counseling Psychology
     PSYC 450. Child Abuse and Neglect
     PSYC 452. Child Psychopathology
     PSYC 460. Community Psychology within Developing Societies6
 
     PSYC 465. Black/African Psychology6
     PSYC 475. Psychology of Adulthood
     PSYC 480. Applied Behavior Analysis
Psychology electives (at least three  hours of these electives must be at the 400 level)
9
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 Psychology5
     PSYC 499. Honors Thesis5
 

Cognate Requirements

Quantitative Competency (in addition to General Education; can count toward B.S. degree, second major and/or minor
requirements)
3
Any MATH course numbered 205 or above
Scientific Literacy (choose at least two of the following in addition to General Education; can count toward B.S. degree, second major and/or minor requirements);
6-8
     ANTH or GANTH - any course number  
     BIO or GBIO - any course number  
     CHEM - any course number  
     CS 139, 239, 240, 345 or 350  
     ECON or GECON - any course number  
     GSCI 101 or GSCI 121  
     POSC or GPOSC - any course number  
     SOCI or GSOCI - any course number  

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.
2 Includes courses required to satisfy university B.S. degree requirements in quantitative competency and scientific literacy.
3 All psychology majors are required to complete at least one course that satisfies our sociocultural awareness requirement. Courses that meet this requirement appear in various sectors of the curriculum and can be used to meet other major requirements.
4 PSYC 210 and PSYC 211 are offered every semester; PSYC 212 is offered only during the fall semester; PSYC 213 is offered only during the spring semester.
5 Some sections of this course MAY meet the sociocultural awareness requirement depending on the content; when this course does meet the requirement, it will be listed in the notes section of the course listing in e-campus.
6 Course meets sociocultural awareness requirement.

Concentration

Behavior Analysis Concentration

Dr. Sherry Serdikoff, Concentration Coordinator

This concentration prepares students for employment with agencies that provide behavior analytic services and/or for pursuing a graduate degree in behavior analysis. This course sequence includes the course work requirements necessary to sit for the Board Certified Associate Behavior Analysis (BCABA®) national certification examination.

Required Courses
Credit Hours
PSYC 180. Introduction to Behavior Analysis1
3
PSYC 390. Psychology of Learning
3
PSYC 480. Applied Behavior Analysis
3
Choose one of the following:
3
     PSYC 402. Independent Study: Practicum - Behavior Analysis2,3
     PSYC 402. Independent Study: Research - Behavior Analysis2
     PSYC 402. Independent Study: Readings - Behavior Analysis2
     PSYC 402. Independent Study: Teaching - Behavior Analysis2
Choose one of the following:
3-6
     PSYC 493. Laboratory in Psychology2
     PSYC 497. Senior Seminar in Psychology2
     PSYC 499. Honors Thesis2

 
15-18

1 Cannot be taken by students who have completed PSYC 390 or PSYC 480.
2 Only certain sections will qualify; consult with the concentration coordinator before enrolling.
3 This course will count toward the experience requirements for the Board Certified Associate Behavior Analysis (BCABA®) national certification examination. 

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

Second Semester
Credit Hours
General Education, B.A./B.S. degree requirement,
15
B.S. Psychology Cognate, and/or minor program courses
   

 

15

Second Year  
   
First Semester
Credit Hours
PSYC 210. Psychological Measurement and Statistics OR
4
  PSYC 212. Psychological Research Design and Data Analysis I2
General Education, B.A./B.S. degree requirement, B.S. Psychology
12
  Cognate, minor program, and/or psychology elective courses
 

 
16

Second Semester
Credit Hours
PSYC 211. Psychological Research Methods3 OR
4
  PSYC 213. Psychological Research Design And Data Analysis II4
General Education, B.A./B.S. degree requirement, B.S. Psychology
12
  Cognate, minor program, and/or psychology elective courses
 

 
16

Third Year
   
 
Credit Hours
SS content core courses
9
NS content core courses
9
Minor program courses or electives
12

 
30

Fourth Year
   
 
Credit Hours
Psychology Upper level Specialty Content Course
3
Psychology 400 level elective
3
Psychology capstone course
3
Psychology, minor program or elective courses
21

 
30

1 A preliminary math course may be suggested after placement examinations. If suggested, the preliminary course should be taken first semester and MATH 220 second semester. Other 200-level mathematics courses may be substituted for MATH 220. Any MATH course numbered 205 or above is an acceptable prerequisite for the psychology major.
2 Any MATH course numbered 205 or above is a prerequisite for PSYC 210 and PSYC 212. MATH 220 is recommended.
3 PSYC 210 is a prerequisite for PSYC 211.
4 PSYC 212 is a prerequisite for PSYC 213.


Recommended Courses
The following courses are recommended for all psychology majors especially those who plan to pursue advanced study at the graduate level after earning their bachelor's degrees.

Students should discuss their career aspirations with their academic advisor throughout their academic program. Students interested in applying to graduate school should discuss the necessary preparation with their adviser early in their academic program. Students are encouraged to visit the department'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. 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 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 and School Psychology
     Admissions Secretary
     Phone: (540) 568-6439

Doctoral Program in Assessment and Measurement
     Dr. Christine Harmes
     Phone: (540) 568-7132
     E-mail: harmesjc@jmu.edu

 

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