James Madison University

Program Description

Why Major in Psychology?


Psychology is the major to consider if you want to study the area of science that explores how people and animals think, feel, and act. Psychology Majors complete coursework that explores behavior, emotions, and cognitive processes, and the factors that influence them. Psychologists study behavior at both a cellular level (e.g. examining the role of the brain and the nervous system) and at a more global level (e.g. examining the influences of culture). As a Psychology Major, you will enhance your problem-solving, critical thinking, writing and oral expression skills as you learn to use the tools available to behavioral scientists.

Whether you plan to seek employment with your bachelor's degree or go on to graduate school, you should be thinking about developing knowledge and skills through all of your college experiences. By the time you graduate, you should have developed a résumé that is rich with listings of your accomplishments both inside and outside of the classroom.

As you pursue activities at JMU that will help to build your résumé, keep in mind special course offerings within the department such as special topics courses, Peer Advising, independent study, Field Placement , Honors Thesis, and capstone experiences. Although not required, many Psychology Majors elect to compete a second major, minor, or pre-professional program as part of their overall academic program.

Please download an excellent pamphlet regarding the field of psychology is available from the American Psychological Association.