Department of Psychology

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  Mission Statement
  Co-curricular Activities and Organizations
  Special Admission Requirements
  Degree and Major Requirements
  Courses for Future Graduate Students
  Other Psychology Programs
  Graduate Programs

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

J. Benedict, P. Gibson, J. Grayson, C. Harris, A. Kahn, M. Stoloff, R. West

Associate Professors

C. Abrahamson, J. Andre, K. Apple, S. Baker, S. Evans, W. Evans, S. Serdikoff

Assistant Professors

K. Barron, M. Hall, C. Huffman, A. Nasim, M. Reis-Bergan, B. Saville, 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

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

Co-curricular Activities and Organizations

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 12

electives must be at the 400 level. SPED 200

may be used as a psychology elective.)

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

Required courses Credit Hours

General Education 1 41

Mathematics course 3

Social science or natural science course(s) 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 12

electives must be at the 400 level. SPED 200

may be used as a psychology elective.)

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

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 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, 15

and/or minor program courses

15

Second Year/First Semester Credit Hours

PSYC 210. Psychological Measurement and Statistics 4

General Education, B.A./B.S. degree requirement, 12

minor program, and/or psychology elective courses

16

Second Semester Credit Hours

PSYC 211. Psychological Research Methods 4

General Education, B.A./B.S. degree requirement, 12

minor program, and/or psychology elective courses

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.

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. Steven Wise
Phone: (540) 568-7022
E-mail: wisesl@jmu.edu