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Research and Internships

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Student Research

We strongly encourage psychology majors to engage in research, regardless of their intended careers.  Research experience fosters important analytical skills and provides an in-depth view of psychological science. Students work directly with faculty members who mentor them through the research experience.

If you are interested in pursuing research with a faculty member, you can earn academic credit for the experience by registering for a tutorial (PSYC 497), independent study (PSYC 498) or bachelor’s essay (PSYC 499).

Each course has different aims and goals, but all require you work with a faculty member to write a research proposal and submit it using the appropriate form(s) from the Psychology Department (your sponsoring faculty member will have access to these forms).

Faculty Research

Our faculty conduct research across a wide variety of disciplines across psychology. Empirical research is not only important for the advancement of psychological science, it also provides unique opportunities for students to learn about psychological principles first hand.  Click on the links below to learn about specific research being conducted by our faculty and students within each discipline.

Funding your Research

Funding for travel to scientific conferences is available through our department's Charles Latimer Jr. Psychology Student Travel Award and the School fo Humanities and Social Sciences Travel Awards.

The Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URCA) Program at College of Charleston supports student research and creative activities by providing competitive grants to fund summer project costs and stipends, academic year project costs, and travel to conferences for undergraduate students and their faculty mentors.


Our internship course provides students interested in the application of psychological theories and principles the opportunity to have an applied learning experience in a pre-approved agency or organization. The learning experience is guided by an individualized learning contract which will specify the academic and work components of the experience.

Each semester we hold multiple information sessions regarding enrollment in the internship course. Please follow our social media on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for information regarding future information sessions or contact Dr. Sarah Roberston for more information.