Department of Psychology
Led by nationally recognized faculty members, psychology students learn both the theoretical and practical aspects of this critical science.
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.
Four senior faculty members have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a prestigious and highly competitive honor awarded by their peers for contributions to science. Other members in the department have won numerous other awards and honors in recent years, including MERIT Awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a $1 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to develop new quantitative methods relevant to health-related outcomes, and several large research grants from NIH as well as the Institute of Education Sciences and the National Science Foundation.
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.
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.