Frequently Asked Questions

The following is a compilation of questions often asked by students.

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Can I enroll in PSYC 210 this summer at JMU?

  • Psychology majors who have completed or are completing the prerequisite courses (PSYC 101 and 200-level Math) may register for PSYC 210 on April 6, 2020. If the class is closed, students should sign up for a Waiting List.
  • Students enrolled in summer PSYC 210 who do not demonstrate mastery in these courses will be dropped from PSYC 210 after spring semester grades are submitted and before summer classes begin. See https://www.psyc.jmu.edu/ug/admission.html for details.
  • Email ugpsyc@jmu.edu or contact your advisor if you have questions.

Can I take the pre-requisite courses for admissions this summer at JMU so I can sign up for PSYC 210/212 this fall?

  • Register for the pre-requisite courses when advanced registration begins on April 6, 2020.
  • As long as you are signed up for the pre-requisite courses this summer at JMU, you will be able to sign up for PSYC 210 /212 during advanced fall registration (begins on April 13, 2020).  If the class is closed, sign up for multiple Wait Lists.
  • Students who do not demonstrate mastery in the pre-requisite courses will be dropped from PSYC 210/212 before fall classes begin. See https://www.psyc.jmu.edu/ug/admission.html for details.
  • Email ugpsyc@jmu.edu or contact your advisor if you have questions.

Can I take the pre-requisite courses for admissions this summer at a different University?

How do I obtain an override for psychology courses?

Psychology uses the MyMadison waitlist feature. More information is available on overrides and exceptions page. Email ugpsyc@jmu.edu with questions.

Can I take PSYC 101 and PSYC 210 (or PSYC 212) at the same time?

No. You must complete the pre-requisite courses before you can register for PSYC 210 or 212.  See our major admissions criteria for additional information

Can I take PSYC 210 and PSYC 211 at the same time? Can I take PSYC 212 and 213 at the same time?

No. Students must complete one course before attempting the next course in the sequence. During summer, however, students can complete PSYC 210 during the first 4-week session, and then complete PSYC 211 during a later summer session.

Can I take PSYC 211/213 and Content Core courses at the same time?

No. Students must complete PSYC 211/213 before attempting either the Psychology Social Science Content Core or the Psychology Natural Science Content Core.

Can I take Psychology courses at another university and apply them to my JMU Psychology Major?

Equivalent courses can be taken at other colleges and universities.  Before signing up for a course, make sure it will be accepted by JMU.  The Registrar’s Office lists transfer policies on their website.

Can I get credit for my summer job?

Students are encouraged to find meaningful and interesting summer experiences that are relevant to their career preparation whether or not this work can earn college credits. JMU psychology does not award college credits for work experiences completed independently of a college experience. For college credit, you need to have an experience that is formally related to your academic training, and the experience needs to be supervised and evaluated by a faculty member who gives you a grade.

In some cases, it is possible to earn college credit for work with a faculty member that is related to work or internship experiences. Talk to a faculty member about what you are planning to do during the summer. If you need some help identifying someone who might speak to you about this, start with your academic advisor, and for additional ideas you can discuss your plans with one of the Assistant Department Heads. It is best to have these discussions BEFORE you leave for the summer.

Even if you do not earn college credit for your summer work, if the work is interesting to you and/or relevant to your future career, don’t hesitate to get the experience. We recommend that you document your experience by obtaining and saving documents that describe what you did. Summer work supervisors can sometimes provide valuable letters of recommendation, particularly if the work you did is relevant to your future career or graduate study plans.

How do I treat courses numbered 000?

Courses numbered 000 (such as PSYC 000) are transferred courses that have been accepted by JMU as elective credit. In many cases these courses are incorrectly classified and should be transferred as a specific JMU course. Courses numbered 000 will count only as electives. If a course is reclassified it may satisfy specific requirements.

For courses transferred as PSYC 000, you will need to bring a course description (from the institution’s catalog and/or the course syllabus) to the Head or one of the Assistant Heads of the psychology department (Miller 1120). Each course will be considered individually for credit towards specific psychology courses.

For courses transferred as 000 in other departments (such as ENG 000 or MATH 000) you will need to bring a course description to the head of each JMU department offering the course. Each course will be considered individually.

How do I treat courses numbered 002?

Courses numbered 002 (such as PSYC 002) are transferred courses that have been accepted by JMU for credit towards graduation. These courses count as university electives but cannot fulfill psychology major or General Education requirements.