Fall 2022 Registration Information

Enrollment Priorities:

These procedures will be in place during early registration:

  • If you are enrolled in, or have received credit for, Psyc 492, 495, 497, or 499C, then you may not enroll in Psyc 497 or Psyc 492.
  • If you are enrolled in, or have received credit for, two specialty content courses, then you may not enroll in another one.
  • If you are enrolled in, or have received credit for, three social science content core courses, then you may not enroll in another one.
  • If you are enrolled in, or have received credit for, three natural science content core courses, then you may not enroll in another one.

Information about declaring the Psychology Major
View Catalog description of Psychology courses.
View the list of courses that can satisfy BS or BA degree requirements.

Course Notes

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.

Psyc 400. Special Topics – Applications of Psychological Science. This course will focus on the systematic application of psychological science and psychological principles to examine and understand emergence and maintenance of and potential intervention for prevailing social issues (e.g., gun control and access, cannabis legalization, environmental racism, and healthcare access). Empirical sources, theoretical content, and popular media will be used in conjunction with knowledge and skills garnered as psychology majors to engage in the process of applying psychological science to further understanding of social issues. This course is offered by Dr. Jessica Irons (ironsjg@jmu.edu). Prerequisite: 1 Social Science Content Core and 1 Natural Science Content Core class.

View Catalog description of Psychology courses.

View the list of courses that can satisfy BS or BA degree requirements.

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 325. Counseling Psychology

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. Psychology of Film and In 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 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. Health Behavior Change. This course will include exploration of empirical and theoretical work related to health behavior change with particular focus on health-risk behaviors. Behavior change will be considered at individual, group, and epidemiological levels and across demographic characteristics most relevant to health. This course is offered by Dr. Jessica Irons.

Psyc 497, Section 4. Sleep & Circadian Rhythms. For most humans, sleep is an activity that occupies approximately one-third of their lives. Despite this prominent position among human behaviors, most know little about what happens during sleep and the significance of sleep for psychological and physiological functioning. This course will survey the contemporary scientific literature on the science of sleep, emphasizing normal functioning, mechanisms involved in sleep and wake, the methods of investigation using human and animal approaches, and basic understanding of sleep disorders. Additionally, students will gain familiarity with the science of biological rhythms, aka chronobiology, and how these two disciplines overlap. Students will be familiar with sleep assessment to include basic scoring from polysomnographic recordings and will evaluate several sleep and chronobiology articles. This seminar is heavily discussion based and students should expect teaching and writing opportunities. Offered by Dr. Jeff Dyche (dychejs@jmu.edu).