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 in the catalog..
  • 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 for graduation.
  • Psychology Pre-requisite Summary (see catalog comprehensive pre-requisite notes):



PSYC 210 or 212
Methodology Part 1
PSYC 211 or 213
Methodology Part 2
Completion of the first part of the methodology core (PSYC 210 or 212) with a C- or higher
Social Science (SS) Content Core PSYC 211 or PSYC 213
Natural Science (NS) Content Core PSYC 211 or PSYC 213
Upper Level (UL) Specialty Content 1 SS Content Core and 1 NS Content Core
Capstone 2 SS Content Core and 2 NS Content Core


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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