Co-curricular Activities and Organizations

Special Admission Requirements

Prerequisites

Degree and Major Requirements

Concentration

Recommended Schedule for Majors

Recommended Courses

Other Psychology Programs


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Department of Psychology
Miller Hall, Room 1120
(540) 568-6114
http://www.psyc.jmu.edu/ug/


Department Head
Dr. Michael Stoloff

Professors
C. Abrahamson, J. Andre, K. Apple,
S. Baker, D. Daniel, P. Gibson,
J. Grayson, C. Harris, S. Lovell,
S. Serdikoff, M. Stoloff

Associate Professors
K. Barron, W. Evans, M. Hall,
N. Lawrence, M. Reis-Bergan,
B. Saville, T. Zinn

Assistant Professors
J. Dyche, J. Irons, U. Kaplan, J. Kurtz,
M. Lee, K. Varga

Lecturer
K. DuVall

Department of Psychology

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

Goals
The vision of the Department of Psychology is to sustain and advance a nationally recognized department focused on promoting scientific proficiency within the interdisciplinary field of psychology. To that end, the curriculum is designed to provide students with a strong foundation in psychological science that reflects multiple perspectives within the discipline. The hallmarks of our program are learning opportunities that promote the skills necessary to conduct and evaluate research and to interpret findings. The department trains our students to be responsive to emerging trends and apply their knowledge of psychological science as responsible global citizens.

The Department of Psychology is a dynamic contributor to the General Education program and the university community through the delivery of high quality courses and other educational experiences emphasizing psychological science. Our faculty strive to create and implement creative and effective pedagogy, embracing the dual role of teacher/scholar. The department will foster a collegial and collaborative environment within which divergent opinions as well as cultural diversity are respected, valued and promoted.

Co-curricular Activities and Organizations

Special Admission Requirements
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 MATH 220 [Statistics] or MATH 205, MATH 231 or MATH 235 [Calculus]. MATH 220 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.

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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 Education 1
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.

Major Requirements – B.A.
Credit Hours
GPSYC 101. General Psychology
3
Methodology Core 3 (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 Data Analysis I
          and PSYC 213. Psychological Research Design and Data Analysis 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
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 Topics 4
     PSYC 410. Industrial/Organizational Psychology
     PSYC 412. Psychology of Motivation
     PSYC 420. Advanced Psychological Statistics
     PSYC 425. School Psychology
     PSYC 427. Tests and 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 Societies 5
     PSYC 465. Black/African Psychology 5
     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 Psychology 4
     PSYC 499. Honors Thesis 4

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.

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Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Degree Requirements

Required Courses
Credit Hours
General Education 1
41
Major requirements (listed below)
44
Cognate requirements 2
9-11
Electives
18-32

 
120

Major Requirements 3
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.

Major Requirements – B.S.
Credit Hours
GPSYC 101. General Psychology
3
Methodology Core 4 (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 Data Analysis I
         and PSYC 213. Psychological Research Design and Data Analysis II
SS Content Core – Psychology 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
     PSYC 385. Biopsychology
3
NS Content Core – Psychology as a Natural Science
6
(choose at least two of the following):
     PSYC 375. Sensation and Perception
     PSYC 380. Cognitive Psychology
     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 Topics 5
     PSYC 410. Industrial/Organizational Psychology
     PSYC 412. Psychology of Motivation
     PSYC 420. Advanced Psychological Statistics
     PSYC 425. School Psychology
     PSYC 427. Tests and 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 Psychology 6
     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 Psychology 5
     PSYC 499. Honors Thesis5

Cognate Requirements

Courses
Credit Hours
Quantitative Competency
6-9
(This may include credit hours that count toward General Education and degree requirements)
Choose one of the following:
     Two 200-level MATH courses
     One 200-level MATH course and six credits of additional MATH courses  
     at any level  
Scientific Literacy
6-8
(These courses are taken in addition to the General Education requirement. They may count toward the B.S. degree requirement, second major and/or minor requirements.) Choose at least two courses from the list of courses meeting B.S. degree scientific literacy requirements at www.jmu.edu/registrar/BA_and_BS_Degree_Courses.html.


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.

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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 Analysis 1
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 Analysis 2, 3
     PSYC 402. Independent Study: Research – Behavior Analysis 2
     PSYC 402. Independent Study: Readings – Behavior Analysis 2
     PSYC 402. Independent Study: Teaching – Behavior Analysis 2
Choose one of the following:
3-6
     PSYC 493. Laboratory in Psychology 2
     PSYC 497. Senior Seminar in Psychology 2
     PSYC 499. Honors Thesis 2

 
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.

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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 Statistics 1
3
GPSYC 101. General Psychology
3
General Education courses
9

 
15

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

 
15

Second Year

First Semester
Credit Hours
PSYC 210. Psychological Measurement
4
and Statistics or PSYC 212. Psychological Research Designand Data Analysis I 2
General Education, B.A./B.S. degree requirement, B.S. Psychology Cognate,
12
    minor program, and/or psychology elective courses

 
16

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

 
16

Third Year

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

 
30

Fourth Year

Courses
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.

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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.

Participate in experiential learning, 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 324. Applied Nonparametric Statistics
     MATH 325. Survey of Sampling Methods
     MATH 327. Categorical Data Analysis

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 should discuss their career aspirations with their academic adviser 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 Miller Hall where materials are available about career and graduate school opportunities.

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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 the graduate programs below should be directed to the respective program director:
     Counseling Psychology
     Psychological Sciences
     School Psychology

Inquiries concerning the Combined Integrated Program in Clinical and School Psychology graduate program should be directed to:
     Admissions Secretary
     Phone: (540) 568-6439

Inquiries concerning the Doctoral Program in Assessment and Measurement graduate program should be directed to:
     Admissions Secretary
     Phone: (540) 568-7132

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