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Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)


Department of Psychology


Tracy E. Zinn

Krisztina V. Jakobsen

Kala J. Melchiori


The current study used and developed situational scenarios based on the questions in the Alliant Intercultural Competency Scale (AICS) as a step toward developing a direct measure of James Madison University (JMU) psychology’s sociocultural awareness course requirement. Participants were first semester psychology students, who have yet to take the sociocultural course requirement, and seniors, who have fulfilled the requirement. The participants responded to the behavioral scenarios survey as well as an ethnocultural empathy survey, and other self-report measures of sociocultural awareness. I compared underclassmen and seniors’ responses in order to assess the feasibility of this type of behavioral measure. Results showed some differences between first semester students and seniors provided information for future development of this behavioral assessment. Implications are discussed.

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