James Madison University

Summer 2019 Registration Information

Registration Dates and Assistance:

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

  • PSYC 101:  General Psychology (in person and online)
  • ISCI 104:  Science vs. Pseudoscience (in person)
  • ISCI 104:  Vision and Driving (in person)
  • PSYC 160:  Life Span Human Development (in person and online)
  • PSYC 180:  Introduction to Behavior Analysis (online)
  • PSYC 200:  Sport Psychology (online)
  • PSYC 210*:  Psychological Measurement & Statistics (in person, includes lab)
  • PSYC 211:  Psychological Research Methods (in person, includes lab)
  • PSYC 250:  Introduction to Abnormal Psychology (in person and online). This course is not for Psychology majors.
  • PSYC 285:  Drugs and Behavior (online)
  • PSYC 308:  Health Psychology (online). This course meets the sociocultural awareness requirement.
  • PSYC 310:  Psychology of Women and Gender (online). This course meets the sociocultural awareness requirement.
  • PSYC 325:  Counseling Psychology. This course meets the sociocultural awareness requirement.
  • PSYC 330:  Psychology of Personality (online)
  • PSYC 345:  Social Psychology (online)
  • PSYC 365:  Developmental Psychology (online)
  • PSYC 375:  Sensation & Perception (online)
  • PSYC 385:  Biopsychology (in person)
  • PSYC 390:  Psychology of Learning (online)
  • PSYC 395:  Comparative Animal Behavior (online)
  • PSYC 410:  Psychology of the Workplace (online). This course meets the sociocultural awareness.
  • PSYC 430:  Clinical Psychology (online)
  • PSYC 497:  Senior Seminar: Passion (in person)
  • PSYC 497:  Senior Seminar: Positive Psychology (in person)

*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  email ugpsyc@jmu.edu about enrollment information.

Senior Seminars


  • Psyc 497, Section 4101. Passion. 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).
  • Psyc 497, Section 4201.  Positive Psychology.  This course will examine the nature of happiness, engagement, and meaning from the perspectives of experimental social psychology and positive psychology. Recent empirical research will be reviewed and you will be asked to critically analyze and apply the information in written assignments, an oral presentation, and in class discussion. While the main goal of this course is to extend your understanding of research on the topics of well-being, you will also be encouraged to apply some of the findings to your own life. This course is offered by Dr. Jaime Kurtz (kurtzjl@jmu.edu).

Course Descriptions


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

  • Psyc 200 Sport Psychology (3 credit hours).    Available this summer online.  This course focuses on theoretical, research, and applied issues in sport and performance psychology. The emphasis of the course will be on gaining an understanding of the relationship between psychological variables and performance in sport and other performance domains (e.g., performing arts, military) by exploring selected readings and research studies in sport and performance psychology. This course is offered by Dr. Bob Harmison (harmisrj@jmu.edu).  This course is open to all JMU students.  No prerequisites. 
  • 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).