James Madison University

Psychology Major - Course Requirements


Psychology Major Checklist

General Education Requirements


All students, regardless of their major, must complete General Education course work in five cluster areas. View more information about General Education

University Degree and Psychology Correlate Requirements


Students who major in Psychology have the option of earning either a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. A list of courses that can be taken to satisfy B.A. and B.S. degree requirements is available on the Registrar's website.  (Students who select the B.S. degree will also complete the B.S. Cognate.)

'Which degree, the B.A. or the B.S., is preferable? The decision to pursue either the B.A. or the B.S. degree is best based on one's personal interests and academic strengths.

Required Psychology Courses


  • Psychology Major Checklist
  • JMU Catalog
  • To major in Psychology a student must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 44 hours as outlined below.
  • ALL Psychology courses must carry the grade of “C-” or better to count towards major requirements.
  • A Psychology course completed with a grade of “D” may be credited towards total credit hours.

Selecting Courses for Your Program of Study


With the assistance of their faculty advisors, students majoring in Psychology select courses to meet their own individual needs and goals. Within the structure of the program, students may choose the courses of greatest interest to them. While a minor or second major is not required, many students elect to complete one. Faculty advisors can help students select an appropriate minor or second major program that matches each student’s interests.

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