James Madison University

Fall 2018 Registration Information

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Special Topics Classes & Course Notes


*NEW* Psyc 200, Section 1.  Orientation to the Psychology Major (1 credit hour). The course content will include an exploration of major requirements, experiential learning opportunities within the major, survey of sub-disciplines in psychology, an introduction to APA-style, an introduction to psychological ethics, strategies for discerning between credible and non-credible information, identifying logical fallacies, introduction to use of library resources, professional (e.g., student/professor) etiquette, campus learning support resources, and effective learning and studying strategies. This course is only available for students who have not yet completed the two-semester methodology sequence.  Offered by Kimberly DuVall (duvallkd@jmu.edu).

Psyc 250. Introduction to Abnormal Psychology. This course is not recommended for Psychology Majors. Psychology majors interested in this content should take Psyc 335, Abnormal Psychology. Credit cannot be earned for Psyc 335 by students who have previously taken Psyc 250. Psyc 250 is a course designed for non-psychology students who need a brief exposure to this content for their non-psychology academic program.

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Sociocultural Awareness Courses


Psychology Majors are required to complete at least one "Sociocultural Awareness" course as part of their academic program. The following courses being offered during the Fall semester fulfill this requirement:

  • Psyc 220.  Psychology and Culture
  • Psyc 320. Diversity Issues in Psychology
  • Psyc 325.  Counseling Psychology
  • Psyc 410. Psychology of the Workplace

Capstone Courses


The prerequisites for all capstone courses are two courses from the Social Science Content core and two courses from the Natural Science Content core. Overrides are routinely given for these courses, if space is available, for students who are completing their final semester of coursework for graduation. Email ugpsyc@jmu.edu if you are having trouble registering for your final semester coursework.

Psyc 492, History of Psychology. This course will examine the history of psychology as reflected through the individuals, theories, and research of the field of psychology. The course will emphasize the relationship of the current state of psychology to its historical development. This course is offered by Dr. Suzanne Baker (bakersc@jmu.edu).

Psyc 497, Section 1. Choice Behavior. Choice Behavior will survey modern ideas in choice behavior, with attention to the historical origins of this work, its development as a specialty within psychology, and its impact on our everyday lives. With a focus on psychology, students will learn to rely on empirical information to understand situations under which choice behavior is often irrational – yet predictable. Students will also learn to apply their understanding of the various factors that influence choice behavior to everyday contexts. This course is offered by Dr. Daniel D. Holt (Holtdd@jmu.edu).

Psyc 497, Section 2.  Leadership and Service.  Leadership and Service will study the experience of leadership and service from a psychological perspective.  The course will assist students with identifying their personal leadership skills and styles as well as how to adapt these to various situations related to service in the community. The course will enable students to integrate concepts of service learning into leadership development.  Emphasis will also be on developing an effective leadership approach to service learning. 40-hours of service-learning will be required.  This course is offered by Dr. Bill Evans (evanswf@jmu.edu).

Psyc 497, Section 3. Motivation in Education. This senior seminar capstone experience investigates classic and contemporary motivational theory and how it can be applied to educational settings to improve academic motivation, achievement, and student well-being.  This course is offered by Dr. Kenn Barron (barronke@jmu.edu).