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Department of Psychology


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Study

Psychology, the science of mind and behavior, is one of the most popular majors at the University of South Carolina. Some four dozen faculty members provide their expertise both to our graduate students and to more than 1,000 undergraduate psychology majors, about 13.5 percent of all the undergraduate majors at the College of Arts and Sciences.

Undergraduate Study

The Department of Psychology offers two undergraduate degrees: a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science. Both provide training in the theories and practices of psychology while also providing a wide-ranging liberal arts background. Students can participate in a robust undergraduate research program, signing up for independent study or community practicum to learn outside the classroom while earning course credit.

 

Graduate Study

The graduate psychology programs offer the Ph.D. degree in experimental psychology, clinical-community psychology, or school psychology. The Experimental psychology curriculum integrates behavioral neuroscience, cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and developmental psychology. Clinical-community integrates child clinical psychology, community psychology, health and social disparities, and prevention science, applying research to the improvement of psychological well-being at the individual, family, and community levels. The school psychology program, which prepares graduates for a wide range of activities in both public and private settings, is one of the top national programs in the United States.