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College of Arts and Sciences


Psychology

Psychology is the science of the mind and behaviors.  It has the immediate goal of understanding individuals and groups by both establishing general principles and researching specific cases, with the ultimate aim of benefiting society.  Psychology is an academic and applied discipline.

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.  The Psychology major is one of the most popular at the University of South Carolina, comprising about 13.5 percent of all the undergraduate majors in the College of Arts & Sciences.

There is a robust undergraduate research program, and students can enroll in Independent Study or Community Practicum to learn outside the classroom while earning course credit.

While salaries can vary, the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a faster-than-average growth for psychologists.  Some entry-level jobs are open to those with an undergraduate degree in psychology, while others require advanced study.  A psychology degree can be used in many careers, including sales representative, advertising agent, probation and parole officer, market researcher, social service representative, teacher.  With a graduate degree, there are careers in counseling, school psychology, forensic psychology, clinical psychology, sports psychology, and organizational psychology, among others.

For additional information, contact:

Dr. Neil Levens, Director, Undergraduate Program,

803-777-3838, levenssn@mailbox.sc.edu

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