James Madison University

Summer 2017 Registration Information

The Department of Psychology plans to offer the following courses during Summer 2015. (Note that summer offerings are dependent upon budget, faculty availability, and student enrollment):

  • Psyc 101, General Psychology (in person and online)
  • Psyc 160, Life Span Human Development (online)
  • Psyc 180, Introduction to Behavior Analysis (online)
  • Psyc 200, Mental Toughness (online)
  • Psyc 200, Orientation to the Psychology Major 1-credit (online)
  • Psyc 210*, Psychological Measurement & Statistics  
  • Psyc 211, Psychological Research Methods
  • Psyc 250, Introduction to Abnormal Psychology (in person and online). This course is not for Psychology majors. See course notes for applicable majors and minors.
  • Psyc 285, Drugs and Behavior (online)
  • Psyc 308, Health Psychology (online) This course meets the sociocultural awareness requirement for the psychology major.
  • Psyc 310, Psychology of Women and Gender (online). This course meets the sociocultural awareness requirement for the psychology major.
  • Psyc 316, Human Development and Crime
  • Psyc 325, Counseling. This course meets the sociocultural awareness requirement for the psychology major.
  • Psyc 330, Psychology of Personality (online)
  • Psyc 365, Developmental Psychology (online)
  • Psyc 375, Sensation & Perception (online)
  • Psyc 380, Cognitive Psychology
  • Psyc 385, Biopsychology
  • Psyc 390, Learning
  • Psyc 395, Comparative Animal Behavior (online)
  • Psyc 410, Psychology of the Workplace. This course meets the sociocultural awareness requirement for the psychology major.
  • Psyc 430, Clinical Psychology (online)
  • Psyc 497, Senior Seminar: Psychology of Film
  • Psyc 497, Senior Seminar: Passion

*Regarding registration for Psyc 210. Ordinarily registration for Psyc 210 is limited to fully-admitted psychology majors only. However, for summer session, psychology majors who are declared but not admitted will be considered. To be considered, apply for full admission to the psychology major and submit an online override request for the class using our form available.

Senior Seminars


  • Psyc 497, Section 4101. Psychology of Film. This course will look at the topic of movies from a broad range of psychological perspectives. First we will examine how we choose movies, relying on theory and research from the areas of personality, social psychology, and emotion, Then we will utilize learning, sensation and perception, and cognition to understand how we experience a movie; and finally we will see how movies influence us in the long run, relying on the social influence, developmental, and clinical literature. We will also watch a number of classic movies, including M (1931), 8 ½ (1963), and Jaws (1975).  This course is offered by Dr. Ashton Trice (tricead@jmu.edu).
  • Psyc 497, Section 4201. Passion for Activities. Although the topic of passion has been discussed for centuries, the scientific study of this psychological phenomenon is only about 15 years old. The purpose of this class is twofold: (a) to introduce students to the scientific study of passion for activities and (b) to show students how to make evidence-based decisions to increase passion in their lives. This course is offered by Dr. Bryan Saville (savillbk@jmu.edu).

Course Descriptions


Course descriptions for Psychology courses are available in the course catalog.  Course descriptions for topical courses are below.

  • Psyc 200.  Mental Toughness (3 credit hours).    Available this summer online.  This course focuses on the psychological construct of mental toughness and its application in sport and life.  The emphasis of the course will be on gaining an understanding of mental toughness and knowledge about the attributes of an ideally mentally tough performer. Students will learn what mental toughness is, the characteristics that a mentally tough performer possesses, and strategies to improve their own level of mental toughness for sport or life.  Students will engage in a combination of course readings, class discussion, and hands-on learning experiences.  This course is open to all JMU students.  No prerequisites.  Offered by Dr. Robert Harmison ( harmisrj@jmu.edu )
  • *NEW* Psyc 200.  Orientation to the Psychology Major (online, 1 credit hour). The course content will include modules related to 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 Dr. Jessica Irons (ironsjg@jmu.edu).
  • ISCI 104.  Scientific Perspectives:  Science versus Pseudoscience (1 credit hour).  This course meets General Education Cluster 3 requirements with psychology laboratory experiences.  Offered by Dr. Tracy Zinn (zinnte@jmu.edu).
  • ISCI 104. Scientific Perspectives: Vision and Driving (1 credit hour).  This course meets General Education Cluster 3 requirements with psychology laboratory experiences.  Offered by Dr. Jeff Andre (andrejt@jmu.edu).