Welcome to Psychology at USC Upstate!
The primary mission of
the USC Upstate psychology program is to provide a quality baccalaureate
education in the basic areas of psychology to the Upstate of South Carolina.
The psychology curriculum is designed to meet the educational needs of students
who are diverse in background, race, ethnicity, age, educational experience
and career goals. Psychology is one of the largest majors on campus. Since 1976, 1,533 students have graduated from USC Upstate with a degree in psychology.
Department at USC Upstate occupies part of the College of Arts and Sciences
building. We offer a BS and a BA in
psychology, a minor in psychology, a minor in Child Advocacy Studies and a
post-baccalaureate certificate in Child Advocacy Studies. The psychology faculty conduct research on a
wide range of topics within psychology, publish in top journals and present at
national and international conferences.
Our program is very student
oriented. Each student is assigned their
own advisor to help guide them through their college career and for life beyond
USC Upstate. Small classes, independent
study, internships and the distinction program provide opportunities for
students to work closely with faculty, preparing them to move into the work
force or to on to graduate study. The
Psychology Club and Psi Chi, the national honor society of psychology, offer
two other means for students to engage with faculty and with each other.
Who Majors in Psychology?
Students who major in
psychology are a diverse group. Some plan to pursue graduate work in psychology
or related fields, while others are preparing for work in human services
careers. Others haven’t yet settled on a career goal but enjoy learning about
the science of psychology. In order to
meet the needs of these varied groups the psychology program is designed to be
as flexible as possible while meeting the objectives of the program. These
with experiences in a wide variety of content areas such as cognitive
psychology, personality theory, human development, neuroscience, abnormal
psychology and social psychology
- introducing students
to the methodologies used to study human experience and action
development of oral and written communication skills
- and providing experiences
in critical thinking
Careers in Psychology
provide a strong foundation for students pursing graduate study and for
students choosing to enter the work force after graduation. Some Upstate psychology majors continue on to
graduate school to study different branches of psychology such as school
psychology, clinical psychology, counseling psychology, cognitive psychology,
neuropsychology, industrial and organizational psychology or human factors. Others branch out into fields such as
neuroscience, social work, medical school, law school or the ministry. Other students choose to work after
graduation and work as case workers for DSS or DJJ, as residential youth
counselors, group home coordinators, as victim or patient advocates, in drug and
alcohol rehabilitation programs, as employment counselors, in advertising
agencies or market research or in college admissions as counselors or