Department of Psychology

Dr. Virginia Andreoli Mathie, Head


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

Associate Professors

Butler, Echterling, M.P. Powell, Sundre

Assistant Professors

S. Baker, Brewster, Gibson, Lovell, Menard, Olney, Pickens, L. Smith, A. Stewart, P. Warner

Course Descriptions: Psychology

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. The program is coordinated by Dr. Michael Stoloff.

Department of Psychology Goals

Major Requirements

For a major in psychology the student must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 38 credit hours as outlined below. All psychology courses taken must carry a grade of "C" or better to apply to the major or minor. 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 or minor. Psychology majors or minors must complete PSYC 101, PSYC 210 and PSYC 211 with an average GPA in these three courses of 2.5 or better to enroll in 300-level area courses and 400-level PSYC courses. MATH 220 is a prerequisite for PSYC 210. Non-psychology students may enroll in the 300- and 400- level courses if the course prerequisites have been met. SPED 200 may be used as a psychology elective for the major or minor. Psychology majors will be given priority for course selection during pre-registration.

All students majoring in psychology will be required to successfully complete:

PSYC 101. General Psychology 3
PSYC 210. Psychological Measurement 4
and Statistics
PSYC 211. Experimental Psychology 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)
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.

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
MATH 322. Applied Linear Regression
Choose an individualized learning experience such as:
PSYC 402. Independent Research in Psychology
PSYC 495. Field Placement in Psychology
PSYC 499. Honors Thesis

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

A minor in psychology is 20 credit hours and includes the following:

PSYC 101. General Psychology 3
PSYC 210. Psychological Measurement and 4
PSYC 211. Experimental Psychology 4
Area A 1 3
Area B 1 3
Psychology electives 3

1 Read the description above for major requirements for a listing of the requirements for taking the area courses. Preference for the scheduling of classes will be given to majors.

Credit By Examination

The Department of Psychology offers credit by examination for PSYC 101, General Psychology. 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. Lennis Echterling

General Psychology, Dr. Sharon Lovell

School Psychology, Dr. Harriet Cobb

Doctoral Program, Dr. N. William Walker

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 63).

Psychology Requirements for Students in Teacher Education Programs1

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

1 Early childhood and middle education minors should see their advisers before taking PSYC 270 or 360.

Minor in Early Childhood

PSYC 160, Life Span Human Development, is a prerequisite to entering the early childhood program.

Minor in Middle Education

PSYC 160, Life Span Human Development, is a prerequisite to entering the middle education program.

Minor in Secondary Education

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)

Freshman Year Hours
MATH 220. Elementary Statistics 3
PSYC 101. General Psychology 3
Liberal studies courses 24
Sophomore Year Hours
PSYC 210. Psychological Measurement and 4
PSYC 211. Experimental Psychology 4
Liberal studies courses 18
Electives 4
Junior Year Hours
Psychology Area A and B courses 12
Electives or (B.A./B.S.) requirements 18
Senior Year Hours
Psychology capstone course 3
Psychology electives 12
Electives 15

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 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 188.

The Human Development Center

The Human Development Center serves as an interdisciplinary training facility in the psychology department within the College of Education and Psychology. The center provides a setting for students enrolled in practicum, internship or field-based assignments to translate course work in theory and principles into practice in applied situations. University faculty members from participating academic programs and center professional staff provide supervision of all clinical activities.

Concurrently, the center provides clinical services to the community. Clientele include children, adolescents and adults with developmental delays, learning problems, behavioral or emotional problems, or the gifted and talented and their families. Services include interdisciplinary evaluations (which may include medical, sociological, psychological and educational evaluations, and audiological, speech/ language screenings), individual and group counseling and psychotherapy, family therapy, educational intervention, consultation, and other special programs (e.g., parenting skills training).

The James Madison University/Shenandoah Valley Child Development Clinic is a subprogram within the center. The CDC is cooperatively sponsored by the university and the Virginia Department of Health. The CDC is an interdisciplinary pediatric specialty clinic staffed with medical, clinical social work and psychological professionals.

The Human Development Center works cooperatively with the Speech and Hearing Center and the Reading Center, forming the University Clinical Services Centers, for meeting the dual challenge of providing innovative, interdisciplinary training for the university's students and quality clinical services to the community.

College of Education and Psychology Directory

Undergraduate Catalog Contents

1996-97 Undergraduate Catalog
Last reviewed: 30 November 1996
Information Publisher: Division of Academic Affairs
James Madison University