Psychology (B.S./B.A.)

ABOUT

Enhance your understanding of human behavior. As a psychology major, you will be on your way to a career in human services, management, education, health, sports or many other fields that require an in-depth understanding of human behavior. Our program is empirically based, so you will spend your time focused on research studies exploring mind, behavior and the links between them. We offer both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. While both prepare you for post graduate studies and careers, the Bachelor of Arts includes more foreign language classes, whereas the Bachelor of Science degree requires additional math and science courses. If your goal is to develop a set of knowledge, skills and abilities that allow you to understand and solve human problems, then this is the major for you.

FAST FACTS

  • Clemson offers a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology.
  • A practicum course enables interested students to gain preparatory clinical and counseling experience at local hospitals and crisis centers.
  • Students can work closely with faculty and graduate students on a variety of real-world research projects.
  • Each year, several undergraduates' co-authored papers are presented at regional, national or international psychology conferences.

WHAT YOU'LL STUDY

Course work provides students with an overview of the biological bases of behavior, learning, thinking, motivation and emotion, perception, human development and social behavior. You will gain experience in research design, data collection and statistical analysis of empirical data that answers real questions about behavior. Your course of study will apply these principles to disciplines such as education, personal adjustment and interpersonal relations. You will also learn how to use experimentation and data analysis to conduct research and broaden your understanding of the various causes of human behavior.

Research is a significant component of our program, and you’ll have numerous opportunities to assist a faculty member’s research efforts or complete an independent project under guidance of a faculty member. In addition, many Calhoun Honors College students complete an undergraduate thesis. Obtaining research experience is highly recommended for anyone who wants to continue on to graduate or professional school.

Popular Minors

  • Biological Sciences
  • Business Administration
  • Education
  • Management

EXPERIENCES BEYOND THE CLASSROOM

Psychology students are an active bunch. Not only do they get to study fascinating material in class, they also get to work in the lab, conduct innovative research alongside faculty members and participate in psychology studies (and sometimes even get paid for it)!

Participate in a living-learning experience where you live and learn with peer behavioral science and business majors in a dedicated residence hall. Take part in educational and extracurricular activities while forming lifelong friendships.
Psychology students work in a variety of high-tech laboratories. These include the driving simulator lab, where students conduct numerous experiments designed to assess driving patterns and the effects of technology on driving behavior.
The Psychology Club is a great way to interact with fellow majors and engage in the professional world of psychology. Each year, club members present research papers at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association.
The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society focuses on human behavior and performance in a variety of contexts. Join fellow majors and faculty in studying, for instance, how does the use of portable electronics impact driving behavior?
How do high-stress situations impact human behavior? If you want to know the answer, then the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, where students and faculty research human behavior in a variety of contexts, may be for you

AFTER GRADUATION

Your college decision isn't really about the next four years. We get it. It's about what doors are opened by your degree and whether those opportunities are what you had envisioned for yourself. Here's a snapshot of what life after graduation looks like for some of our most recent students.

WHERE OUR RECENT GRADUATES HAVE GONE

KEY
  • 41-100%
  • 21-40%
  • 11-20%
  • 0-10%

RECENT EMPLOYERS

  • Account Manager

    H.Bloom
  • Digital Marketing Coordinator

    Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Visitor & Convention Bureau
  • Inside Sales Representative

    HP
  • Foster Care Case Manager

    Pickens County (S.C.) Department of Social Services
  • Director of Youth Ministry

    St. John Neumann Catholic Church
  • Creative Development Coordinator

    RMC
  • Clinical Researcher

    Stanford Medicine

RECENT POSTGRADUATE STUDIES

  • M.Ed. Counselor Education (Student Affairs)

    Clemson University
  • M.D.

    Emory University
  • M.S. Physician Assistant Studies

    Medical University of South Carolina
  • M.S. Psychology of Human Movement

    Temple University
  • Ph.D. Organizational Science

    University of North Carolina Charlotte
  • M.S. Psychology

    University of Chicago
  • J.D.

    University of Virginia School of Law
  • Master of Social Work

    Winthrop University

COMMON CAREER AREAS

  • Human Services
    • Direct Care: 
      • Mental Health Services
      • Physical Health and Wellness
    • Administration: 
      • Advocacy
      • Community Relations
  • Research
    • Social Research
    • Market Research
    • Data Analysis
  • Education
    • Teaching
    • Student Affairs
    • Administration
    • Training
  • Human Resources
    • Employment and Recruitment
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Organizational Development
    • Training
  • Business and Industry
    • Sales
    • Customer Service
    • Management
    • Insurance 
    • Real Estate 
    • Public Relations

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FIND OUT MORE

Have more questions or want more information? Fill out the form below, which goes directly to the following department contact. If you’d also like to receive general University information from Clemson’s admissions office, please follow the link to the right and sign up to join our mailing list.

Cynthia Pury

Professor and Undergraduate Program Coordinator
864-656-7876
cpury@clemson.edu