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

Coursework provides students with an overview of the scientific study of the individual, including biological bases of behavior, cognition, perception, human development, personality and social behavior. You will gain experience in measurement and research design, data collection and statistical analysis of empirical data, and you will learn how to use experimentation and data analysis to conduct research and broaden your understanding of the various causes of human behavior. You will apply these principles to disciplines such as human performance, psychological health, interpersonal relations and organizational functioning.

Popular Minors

  • Youth Development Studies
  • Sociology
  • Cluster – Life Sciences
  • Business Administration
  • Human Resource 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 your peers 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.

RECENT EMPLOYERS

  • Human Resource Coordinator

    The Compass Group

  • Corps Member

    Teach for America

  • Multimedia Specialist

    iHeartMedia

  • Sales Representative

    ScanSource

  • Insurance Agent

    State Farm Insurance Company

  • Human Resource Analyst

    Kimley-Horn

  • Adoption Specialist

    South Carolina Department of Social Services

  • Line Therapist

    ProjectHope

  • Substance Abuse Counselor

    Anderson/Oconee Behavioral Health Services

  • Research Coordinator

    Duke Medical Center

  • Clinical Treatment Lead

    A Child’s Haven

  • Human Services Specialist

    South Carolina Department of Social Services

  • Behavioral Interventionist

    Green Mountain Behavioral Consulting

  • Sales Associate

    ScanSource

  • Early Interventionist

    Bright Start

RECENT POSTGRADUATE STUDIES

  • M.S. Speech-Language Pathology

    Vanderbilt University

  • Ph.D. Human Factors Psychology

    Clemson University

  • MSW

    New York University

  • M.S. Child Life

    University of Georgia

  • M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling

    Wake Forest University

  • Master of Marketing Research

    University of Georgia

  • M.S. Occupational Therapy

    Washington University in St. Louis

  • Ph.D. Human Centered Computing

    Clemson University

  • M.S. Speech Pathology

    University of South Carolina

  • J.D.

    University of Tennessee

  • M.S. Higher Education (Student Affairs)

    Florida State University

  • MBA

    Wake Forest 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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