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Psychology at South Carolina

Psychology is the science of mind and behavior. By participating in one of the most popular majors at the university, you can explore the theoretical and practical aspects of psychology.

What to Expect

As a psychology major, you will benefit from challenging courses led by outstanding faculty members. You may also work with a faculty research mentor and explore a variety of research and practicum opportunities in the department. Research is generally divided into experimental, clinical/community and school programs. You can work with children, adolescents, adults or animals studying phenomenon such as ADHD, behavioral interventions, deception, decision-making, depression, drugs of abuse, fetal alcohol syndrome, neurodegenerative diseases, physical activity and mental health to name a few.

You will gain hands-on experience through internships and research opportunities. Each summer, 10 undergraduate students are given the opportunity to experience the Summer Research Experience in Brain and Cognitive Sciences, through which they will engage in research seminars, laboratory exercises and one-on-one laboratory projects in this area of research.


Undergraduate Degree

B  B.A. or B.S. in Experimental Psychology

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, combined with a liberal arts background. Typical courses for a major in psychology include:

  • Research Methods in Psychology
  • Psychological Statistics
  • Laboratory in Psychology
  • Survey of Learning and Memory
  • Community Psychology
  • Abnormal Behavior in Children
  • Sensation and Perception

Apply for Undergraduate Admission

Our Office of Undergraduate Admissions provides the most current information on the application process so you can check the requirements based on your current status and find university scholarships.


Graduate Degrees

The department of psychology offers Ph.D. training programs in experimental psychology, clinical-community psychology and school psychology. In addition, Ph.D. students have the opportunity to earn a master's degree during their course of study, but the master's programs are restricted to the Ph.D. students.

A 24-credit-hour certificate program in psychiatric rehabilitation is also offered.

D  Ph.D. in Clinical-Community Psychology

Clinical-community psychology 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.

Graduate Director: Bret Kloos (803) 777-8438,
Program Contact: Tilda Reeder, (803) 777-2312,

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School.

D  Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology 

The experimental psychology curriculum integrates behavioral neuroscience, cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience and developmental psychology.

Graduate Director: Steven Harrod (803) 777-4137,
Program Contact: Tilda Reeder, (803) 777-2312,

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School. 

D  Ph.D. in School Psychology

The school psychology program, which prepares graduates for a wide range of activities in both public and private settings, is one of the top  programs in the U.S.

Graduate Director: Mark Weist, 803-777-8438,
Program Contact: Tilda Reeder, (803) 777-2312,

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School.

C  Certificate in Psychiatric Rehabilitation

Program Contact: Brenda Mercer, (803) 434-4296,
Program Director: Kerry Lachance, (803) 434-4071,
Recruiting Contact: Robert Dawson, (803) 434-8063,

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School. 

Explore Our Graduate School 

The Graduate School administers the application process for all of the university's doctoral, master’s, certificate and dual degree programs. Take a look at what you will need to do before you apply.