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Department of Psychology

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Professors

Andreoli Mathie, Benedict, Benson, Brown, Couch, Erwin, J. Grayson, W. Hall, D. Hanson, C. Harris, Kahn, Leonard, McKee, H. Moore, E. Nelson, Presbury, Saadatmand, Stoloff, Walker, R. West

Associate Professors

Butler, Cobb, Echterling, Olivas

Assistant Professors

S. Baker, Brewster, Dekle, Gibson, Gonzalez, Lovell, Menard, Olney, Pickens, Sundre, Warner

Instructor

A. Thomas

JMU offers a degree program leading to either a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. The program also offers students the opportunity to minor in psychology.

Department of Psychology Goals

Major Requirements

For a major in psychology the student must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 41 credit hours as outlined below. All psychology courses taken for major credit must carry a grade of "C" or better to apply. A psychology course completed with a grade of "D" may be credited toward graduation requirements but may not be included as course work toward a psychology major. Psychology majors must complete PSYC 101, PSYC 102, PSYC 200 and PSYC 205 with an average GPA in these courses of 2.5 or better to enroll in 300- and 400- level PSYC courses. Non-psychology majors and psychology minors may enroll in the 300- and 400- level courses if their overall GPA is 2.5 or better, space is available and the course prerequisites have been met. All students majoring in psychology will be required to complete successfully:

                                                  Credit
                                                   Hours
PSYC 101. General Psychology I                         3
PSYC 102. General Psychology II                        3
PSYC 200. Psychological Statistics                     4
PSYC 205. Experimental Psychology                      4
PSYC 405. History and Systems of Modern                3
  Psychology
Area I: Experimental                                   3
  (choose at least one of the following)
  PSYC 305. Perception
  PSYC 310. Cognitive Psychology
  PSYC 315. Physiological Psychology
  PSYC 320. Psychology of Learning
  PSYC 325. Comparative Psychology
Area II: Clinical/Social                               3
  (choose at least one of the following)
  PSYC 330. Psychology of Personality
  PSYC 335. Abnormal Psychology
  PSYC 340. Psychology of Motivation
  PSYC 345. Social Psychology
  PSYC 350. Tests and Measurements
Area III: Developmental                                3
  (choose at least one of the following)
  PSYC 365. Child Psychology
  PSYC 370. Growth and Development in 
    Adolescence
  PSYC 373. Psychology of the Young Adult
  PSYC 375. Psychology of Adult Development 
    and Aging
Electives (approved by adviser) [1]                   15
                                                    ____
                                                      41
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Notes:
[1]
A maximum of 12 credit hours of 100-level courses in psychology may be taken toward the major. SPED 200, The Handicapped in Society; and SOWK 317, Introduction to Social Work Practice, may be chosen as electives to fulfill the psychology major requirements.
Graduating seniors are expected to participate in assessment activities. Assessment information is used to assist faculty in modifying departmental curriculum.

Graduate School Preparation

The courses listed below are recommended for psychology majors who intend to apply to a graduate program in any area of psychology. These courses will provide students with a psychology background and the research and statistical skills that are often desired of applicants to graduate psychology programs.
Choose one of the following:
  MATH 321. Analysis of Variance and Experimental Design [1]
  MATH 322. Applied Linear Regression [1]
Choose an individualized learning experience such as:
  PSYC 491. Directed Research
  PSYC 495. Field Placement in Psychology
  PSYC 499. Honors Thesis
Laboratory accompanying an Area I course
________
Notes:
[1]
PSYC 200, Psychological Statistics, may be substituted for MATH 220, Elementary Statistics, as a prerequisite for MATH 321 and 322.
Students interested in applying to a graduate school in psychology should discuss the necessary preparation with their adviser. Students are encouraged to visit the department's Peer Advising Office in Johnston Hall where materials are available about career and graduate school opportunities.

Minor Requirements

All psychology courses taken for credit toward a psychology minor must carry a grade of "C" or better to apply. A minor in psychology is 21 credit hours and includes the following:

                                                  Credit
                                                   Hours
PSYC 101. General Psychology I                         3
PSYC 102. General Psychology II                        3
Psychology electives (300- or 400-level courses)       9
Electives                                              6
                                                    ____
                                                      21

Credit By Examination

The Department of Psychology offers credit by examination for PSYC 101-102, General Psychology I-II. Students who want permission to take an examination must apply to the department head. Students will receive details regarding approval and examination dates after they apply.

Graduate Programs

The Department of Psychology offers the following graduate degree programs: Inquiries concerning any of these graduate programs should be directed to the head of the department or to the respective program coordinator in the department. Counseling Psychology, Dr. Helen B. Moore
General Psychology, Dr. Michael L. Stoloff
School Psychology, Dr. Harriet Cobb

Five-Year B.S./ M.A. Program

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 the general psychology 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 the Reserve Graduate Credit section of this catalog (page 61).

Psychology Requirements for Students in Teacher Education Programs

Students planning to teach need to complete the following:
PSYC 160. Life Span Human Development
Choose one of the following:
  PSYC 270. Psychology for Teachers of the 
    Pre-adolescent and Adolescent Child
  PSYC 360. Psychology of Early Childhood

Early Childhood Minor

PSYC 360, Psychology of Early Childhood, is required unless a previously approved psychology course has been accepted for transfer into the program. PSYC 160, Life Span Human Development, is a prerequisite to PSYC 360.

Minor in Middle Education

PSYC 270, Psychology for Teachers of the Pre-adolescent and Adolescent Child, is required unless a previously approved psychology course has been accepted for transfer into the program. PSYC 160, Life Span Human Development, is a prerequisite to PSYC 270.

Secondary Education Minor

PSYC 270, Psychology for Teachers of the Pre-adolescent and Adolescent Child, is required unless previously approved psychology courses have been accepted for transfer into the program. PSYC 160, Life Span Human Development, is a prerequisite to PSYC 270.

Students should consult their advisers before selecting these courses. Students with problems concerning the psychology requirement for teacher licensure should see the head of the department or the dean of the College of Education and Psychology.

Major in Psychology (B.S./B.A. Degree)


                                                  Credit
Freshman Year                                      Hours
PSYC 101. General Psychology I                         3
PSYC 102. General Psychology II                        3
Liberal studies courses                               26
                                                    ____
                                                      32

                                                  Credit
Sophomore Year                                     Hours
PSYC 200. Psychological Statistics                     4
PSYC 205. Experimental Psychology                      4
Liberal studies courses                               18
Electives                                              6
                                                    ____
                                                      32

                                                  Credit
Junior Year                                        Hours
Psychology requirements or electives                  12
Electives or (B.A./B.S.) requirements                 20
                                                    ____
                                                      32

                                                  Credit
Senior Year                                        Hours
PSYC 405. History and Systems of Modern Psychology     3
Psychology requirements or electives                   9
Electives                                             20
                                                    ____
                                                      32
Students should consult the undergraduate program section which outlines the requirements for the B.S. and B.A. degrees.

The above sequence of courses is one example of a program that leads to graduation with a major in psychology. Individual schedules will often vary from this model. Students should meet regularly with their departmental adviser in order to plan their specific course schedule.

Minor in Human Services

The interdisciplinary minor program in human services is designed to prepare students to more effectively fulfill their responsibilities in public service settings. This program has three basic components - dealing effectively with persons on an individual basis, dealing with persons in a group setting, and coping with and understanding the complexities of an organization.

For more information, see page 159.


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