Spring 2023 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.
  • If you received a D, D-, or D+ in any of these courses, reach out to your faculty advisor for assistance with enrollment.

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

Winter Session (2 week) Course Option: Psyc 403 (2 credit hours). Data Analysis. This winter session, immerse in a unique opportunity to engage in qualitative psychological research! This course is designed for you to learn about qualitative research while immersing in the qualitative research process. This course is designed for those who wish to learn about qualitative research, as well as those who want to expand their research portfolio before/while applying to graduate school. Specifically, this experience will teach about consensus coding as we seek to answer a research question posed at the beginning of the course. Any questions about this course should be directed to Chris Patterson at patte3cr@jmu.edu. Enrollment is by Permission of Instructor.

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 – Thanatology- Death & Dying/Life & Living. This course will survey various topics about death and dying as well as the meaning of life and living. The content will include psychological research related to death, the process of dying, and the stages of grief. Successful completion of the requirements for this course will result in fulfilling the "Upper-Level Specialty Content" requirement, as well as the "Sociocultural" requirement in the Psychology major. Course completion will also provide 3 credit hours toward the JMU graduation requirement of 120 credit hours. Prerequisite: 1 Social Science Content Core and 1 Natural Science Content Core class.

Spring 2023 Registration Dates and Assistance

Spring Registration begins November 7, 2022.

Check the Student Center on MyMadison for your exact enrollment appointment date and time.

Enrollment details and tips from the Registrar are available online.

Information about the waitlist is available online. Most Psychology courses are reserved for Admitted Psychology Majors only. If a class is closed, please add yourself to the wait list on MyMadison if one is available.

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
  • Psyc 400. Topics: Thanatology – Death & Dying/Life & Living
  • Psyc 410. Psychology of the Workplace

Capstone Courses

Psyc 492, Section 1 & Section 2. History of Psychology. This course will examine the history of psychology by looking at people, theories, and historical events that have influenced the development of psychology. We will pay special attention to how Psychology’s history is reflected in current topics in the discipline, and will also look at where Psychology as a field is headed in the future. This course will be offered online; we will use an online format for group discussion and for student-led activities such as leading discussion and presenting on relevant topics. This course is offered by Dr. Suzanne Baker.

Psyc 497, Section 1 & 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.

Psyc 497, Section 3 & Section 4. 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 5. 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.

Psyc 497, Section 6. 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.

Psyc 497, Section 7. Sport and Performance Psychology. 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 Shir Wasserman.

Psyc 497, Section 8. Passion for Activities. Passion for Activities. 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.

Psyc 497, Section 9. Psychology of 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.

Psyc 497, Section 10. Psychology of Boredom. Boredom is a common emotion: seven out of eight adults report experiencing it on a weekly basis. It is most commonly associated with middle school, repetitive work, and being in an airport. While it may be a symptom of depression, boredom also give rise to creative expression. In this course we will examine boredom’s impact on work, education, mental health, public health compliance, and aging, through reading, discussion, and both library and empirical research. This course is offered by Dr. Ashton Trice.

Psyc 497, Section 11. Existential Psychology. This course introduces students to an emerging discipline within the field of social psychology known as existential psychology. Many topics once thought to be in the domain of existential philosophy – such as fear of death, the search for meaning and authenticity of life – are now widely studied using experimental methods. Through discussion, readings, and the capstone project, students will bring in knowledge from all areas of psychology, specifically their psychology courses they have taken thus far. This provides a rich bed of content to draw from in class discussions. The course focuses on various theories and empirical research investigating how concerns about basic issues of the human condition, such as death, meaning, isolation, identity, control, and freedom influence a wide array of human behaviors. Furthermore, this course provides an in-depth understanding of existential issues within the field of social psychology along with the experimental techniques used to study their effect on the human experience. Offered by Dr. Lindsey Harvell-Bowman.

Psyc 497, Section 12. Motivation in Education. This course will include exploration of empirical and theoretical work related to motivation in educational settings with particular focus on how student-faculty partnerships impact motivation. Student-faculty partnerships and motivation will be considered at the classroom, program, and institutional levels and across the areas of learning and evaluation. This course is offered by Dr. Robin Anderson.