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Fall 2019 Offerings

Special Topics Classes & Course Notes

PSYC 200, Section 1.  Orientation to the Psychology Major (1 credit hour). The course content will include an exploration of 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 Kimberly DuVall (duvallkd@jmu.edu).

PSYC 200, Section 2.  Psyc of Well Being (3 credit hours). This course will introduce students to the field of positive psychology which is the scientific study of what makes life pleasant, engaging, and meaningful. Students will learn about topics such as happiness, mindfulness, optimism, stress management, gratitude, interpersonal relationships, and life meaning. Special emphasis will be placed on how to implement strategies for well-being in everyday life. Offered by Jaime Kurtz (jaimekurtz@gmail.com)

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.

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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 497. Senior Seminar Environment, Health and Behavior

Capstone Courses

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. Email ugpsyc@jmu.edu if you are having trouble registering for your final semester coursework. 

PSYC 497, Section 1. Environment, Health and Behavior. This course will examine the effects of toxins on the nervous system, inequities in exposure patterns that place particular populations at higher risk for harm, toxicant-induced illnesses that receive psychological diagnoses (e.g., endometriosis), attitudes toward environmental quality, and the emerging fields of ecopsychology and ecotherapy. Fulfills Sociocultural Awareness requirement for the psychology major.  This course is offered by Dr. Pam Gibson (gibsonpr@jmu.edu).

PSYC 497, Section 2.  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).

PSYC 497, Section 3. Motivation in Education.This senior seminar capstone experience investigates classic and contemporary motivational theory and how it can be applied to educational settings to improve academic motivation, achievement, and student well-being.  This course is offered by Dr. Kenn Barron (barronke@jmu.edu).

PSYC 497, Section 4. The Psychology of Language. It is difficult to imagine a world without language and all the communication and creation that it affords us through the ways we speak, write, sign, and signal. Language is a tool that is central to nearly all aspects of our everyday lives. This capstone will be an entryway to the science of psycholinguistics; that is, the psychological study of how people use and comprehend language. We will primarily focus our reading, discussion, and learning on the study of reading processing and comprehension along with written language; but we will also explore pragmatics and nonverbal/paralinguistic language, sign language, bilingualism/multilingualism, and topics related to spoken language as well. This course is offered by Dr. Sri Siddhi Upadhyay (upadhyay@jmu.edu).