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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 mentor and explore a variety of research opportunities in the department. Research is generally divided into the areas of cognitive and neural sciences, clinical-community psychology, school psychology and quantitative psychology. You can work with children, adolescents, adults or animals studying phenomena such as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder, behavioral interventions, decision-making, drugs of abuse, fetal alcohol syndrome, neurodegenerative diseases, cultural aspects of health, physical activity and other aspects of mental health. In addition, we have opportunities for hands-on clinical experience through internships and community practica.


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
  • 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 Degree

The Department of Psychology offers a Ph.D. training program with concentrations in cognitive and neural sciences, clinical-community psychology, school psychology and quantitative 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 only available to psychology Ph.D. students.

D  Ph.D. in Psychology

Graduate Director: Kate Flory, 803-777-4304, 

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

Apply to Graduate School 

Learn more about The Graduate School, degree options and how to apply for admission to doctoral, master’s, certificate and combination degree programs at South Carolina.