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Department of Psychology


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Undergraduate

We offer two undergraduate degree programs. Both provide you with professional training in the theories and practices of psychology combined with a liberal arts background as well as opportunities to participate in and conduct research with expert faculty. 

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology

 Psychology majors at the University of South Carolina have an option to pursue either a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree.  When deciding what psychology track to pursue, it is important to consider your goals after graduating from the University of South Carolina. 

A Bachelor of Science in Psychology provides preparation for students who are interested in more research-oriented graduate training (e.g. cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, behavioral neuroscience, quantitative psychology) or health-related professional schools (e.g. medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy, and nursing).

A Bachelor of Arts in Psychology provides preparation for students who are planning to go into practitioner-oriented graduate training (e.g., counseling, criminology, social work). The study of human behavior is also relevant to many professions, and this program provides groundwork for successful employment after graduation in human services, management, sales, student affairs or law enforcement.

Coursework

Graduation from the University of South Carolina requires 120 hours of coursework.  Both degree tracks have the same number of major credit hours.

 

Psychology Minor

A psychology minor requires 18 additional credit hours.

 

Undergraduate Research and Community Practicum

As an undergraduate student at a top tier research university, you'll have the opportunity to conduct research to enhance what you're learning and we hope you'll take advantage of that. You can also choose to participate in a community practicum, where you'll go out into the community to apply the knowledge you've gained. Research and field experience as an undergraduate can give you a real edge after graduation, whether you choose to pursue a career or a higher degree.

 

Undergraduate Awards

As an undergraduate psychology student, you'll have the opportunity to compete for awards.

Psychological Service Award

The Psychological Service Award recognizes outstanding achievement on the part of an undergraduate student in psychological service. It is awarded to a psychology major (students with a minimum of 90 credit hours, 60 hours on the USC Columbia campus, 15 out of 60 hours on the USC Columbia campus in psychology major credits), with a 3.0 minimum GPA, and participation in a broadly defined psychological service. To apply for this award, please submit a one page summary of a service experience, a current resume or a CV, and a letter of support from a faculty member. Applications should be submitted to the Undergraduate Student Services Coordinator (Connie Outen, couten@mailbox.sc.edu) via email. The winner of this award will be determined by the Undergraduate Program Committee.

Roger W. Black Award for Psychological Research

The Roger W. Black Award recognizes outstanding achievement on the part of an undergraduate student in psychological research. It is awarded to a psychology major (students with a minimum of 90 credit hours, 60 hours on the USC Columbia campus, 15 out of 60 hours on the USC Columbia campus in psychology major credits), with a 3.0 minimum GPA, and participation in psychological research project. To apply for this award, please submit a one page summary of a research experience, a current resume or a CV, and a letter of support from a faculty member. Applications should be submitted to the Undergraduate Student Services Coordinator (Connie Outen, couten@mailbox.sc.edu) via email. The winner of this award will be determined by the Undergraduate Program Committee.

M. Kershaw Walsh Award for Academic Achievement

The M. Kershaw Walsh Award is given to the graduating senior Psychology major with the highest overall GPA. The winner(s) of this award will be determined by the Undergraduate Program Committee. No application is required.

Kendra Cusaac Community Engagement and Leadership Award

The Kendra Cusaac Community Engagement and Leadership Award recognizes outstanding leadership in community service activities. It is awarded to a rising junior Psychology major (students with a minimum of 45 credit hours obtained from the USC Columbia campus) who has community service experience. To apply for this award, please submit a resume or CV, an unofficial transcript, a letter of recommendation from a faculty member in the Psychology Department and a letter of recommendation from a person involved with your primary community service activity. In addition, please submit a 500 word essay on the following topic:

Dr. Cusaac stressed the importance of leadership in the community, the importance of positivity and persistence toward one’s goals and the relevance of Psychology courses to life. Discuss how an experience from one of your Psychology courses has influenced your community engagement and leadership activities.