James Madison University

Fall 2017 Registration Information

Most Psychology courses are reserved for "Admitted Psychology Majors" only; you must be admitted to the psychology major to take Psyc 210.  View more information about declaring the Psychology Major.

Special Topics Classes & Course Notes


Psyc 200, Section 101. Preparing for Graduate School in Psychology. (First Block, 1 credit). This course will guide students through the graduate school application process. Students will learn about the different career opportunities available in various fields of psychology with a graduate degree. Topics will include the importance of participating in research and field work experiences, preparing for and taking the GREs, and applying to graduate schools (including letters of recommendation, interviews, and writing curriculum vitae and personal statements). By the end of the 8-week course, students will have the majority of their applications completed. Offered by Dr. Bill Evans (evanswf@jmu.edu; Miller 1173).

Psyc 200, Section 201. Preparing for a Job in Psychology. (Second Block, 1 credit). This course will guide students through the job application process for careers in psychology and related fields. Students will discuss what jobs will be available to them upon graduation with an undergraduate degree in psychology. Topics will include resume-building, how to write a cover letter, interview skills, and information on how to budget finances after college. By the end of this 8-week course, students will have completed several job applications. Offered by Dr. Bill Evans (evanswf@jmu.edu; Miller 1173).

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.

View a list of university electives compiled by the Peer Advisors.

View the list of courses that can satisfy BS or BA degree requirements.

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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 310. Women and Gender
  • Psyc 320. Diversity Issues in Psychology
  • Psyc 325.  Counseling Psychology
  • Psyc 410. Psychology of the Workplace
  • Psyc 497 (sect 1). Women and Mental Health

Senior Seminars


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. Submit an override request if you are in that situation.

Psyc 497, Section 1.   Women and Mental Health.  This course will address concepts relat­ing to women's mental health. Special attention will be given to socio-cultural phenomena, and a respect for women's experiences will be maintained at all times. This course meets the "Sociocultural Awareness" requirement for the psychology major. This course is being offered by Dr. Pam Gibson (gibsonpr@jmu.edu).

Psyc 497, Section 2. Neuroscience of Memory.  Our memories shape how we describe and understand ourselves and they can alter our personality, emotions, and cognition. In short, memory is central to our everyday experiences. The purpose of this course is to explore memory, particularly memory dysfunction and Alzheimer's disease, from the perspective of neuroscience. We will base class discussions around empirical articles and other literature which examine different types of memory, how we quantify memories, and the effect disruptions of memory have on our brain and behavior. Additional prerequisite: Psyc 385 (Biopsychology) or Psyc 380 (Cognitive). This course is offered by Dr. Janna Taft-Young (taftyojx@jmu.edu).

Psyc 497, Section 3. 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, student 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 4.  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).