James Madison University

Admission to the Major

Are you considering becoming a psychology major?  Start by learning about our program in psychology.  You might find our curriculum page particularly useful. (Incoming transfer students will find our transfer student page useful.)

Admission Requirements:  New Procedure for Fall 2019.


Step 1:  DECLARE THE MAJOR.

Step 2:  ENROLL IN THE PRE-REQUISITE COURSES.

Step 3: REGISTER FOR PSYC 210 OR PSYC 212.

  • During advanced registration, enroll in PSYC 210 or PSYC 212.  (If the class is closed, enroll in a waitlist for the class.)
  • Students who do not demonstrate mastery (see Step 4) by the end of the current semester will be dropped from PSYC 210 or 212.

Step 4:  DEMONSTRATE MASTERY.

  • Complete the pre-requisite courses (PSYC 101 and 200-level Math) with a C- or higher.
  • Demonstrate mastery by completing one of the following:
    • B in PSYC 101
    • B in PSYC 122
    • B in PSYC 160
  • If you earn a “B” or higher in PSYC 101, you do not need to take PSYC 122 or 160 for admission purposes.
  • With Departmental approval, grades from other institutions can fulfill this requirement.  Earning a 4 on the AP Psychology exam meets this requirement.

Step 5: BECOME A FULLY-ADMITTED PSYCHLOGY MAJOR.

  •   At the end of the current semester, we will review transcripts of all students enrolled or waitlisted in PSYC 210 or 212:
    • Students who have successfully completed these steps will be able to stay enrolled or waitlisted in PSYC 210 or 212 for the next semester.  These students will become fully-admitted Psychology majors.
    • Students who have not completed these steps will be administratively dropped from their PSYC 210 or 212 class.  They can repeat the necessary steps to become fully-admitted Psychology majors for a future semester.

If you have any questions about the admission criteria for the Psychology major, please email us at ugpsyc@jmu.edu