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.
- 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.
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)!
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
Digital Marketing Coordinator
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Visitor & Convention Bureau
Inside Sales Representative
Foster Care Case Manager
Pickens County (S.C.) Department of Social Services
Director of Youth Ministry
St. John Neumann Catholic Church
Creative Development Coordinator
RECENT POSTGRADUATE STUDIES
M.Ed. Counselor Education (Student Affairs)
M.S. Physician Assistant Studies
Medical University of South Carolina
M.S. Psychology of Human Movement
Ph.D. Organizational Science
University of North Carolina Charlotte
University of Chicago
University of Virginia School of Law
Master of Social Work
COMMON CAREER AREAS
- Human Services
- Direct Care:
- Mental Health Services
- Physical Health and Wellness
- Community Relations
- Social Research
- Market Research
- Data Analysis
- Student Affairs
- Human Resources
- Employment and Recruitment
- Compensation and Benefits
- Organizational Development
- Business and Industry
- Customer Service
- Real Estate
- Public Relations
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FIND OUT MORE
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Professor and Undergraduate Program Coordinator