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Major & Minor Information

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Our Mission

The Department of Psychology at the College of Charleston is made up of a diverse group of psychologists who offer courses and conduct research in the major domain areas of study within the field of psychology.  Because psychology is relevant in every human endeavor, our classes by their very nature cut across disciplines and add to student learning in an integrative fashion.  As a faculty, we strive to nurture those skills that develop from the traditional liberal arts and sciences education (e.g., analytical and critical thinking, evidence-based arguments and persuasive writing, data-analytic skills, and scientific literacy), and we also foster the development of human virtues, such as empathy, compassion, and tolerance, that are necessary for living an ethical and meaningful life.  Our scholarship informs our classroom instruction and we also provide personalized learning experiences by inviting students to be collaborators in our human and animal research programs, allowing students to gain experience in creating scientific knowledge.  Additionally, we offer a range of high impact learning experiences, including study abroad courses that illustrate the role that culture plays in human behavior and internships that give students an opportunity to apply their developing skills and knowledge in the real world. Finally, we strive to serve not only our campus community, but also the larger community, thereby providing a clear model to our students of the importance of civic engagement and public service.  

Psychology Major

Psychology majors are afforded a choice between two degree options; a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree or a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree so that they can tailor their education to fit their professional goals.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) 

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree provides a broad background in psychology, and prepares students for advanced training in the field of psychology or a related scientific discipline. This degree provides a curriculum that emphasizes mathematical and methodological skills that psychologists utilize when studying human and animal behavior. The BS degree will be especially useful for those who plan to pursue advanced graduate-level study in psychology or a related natural science discipline such as neuroscience or medical research.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree provides a broad undergraduate overview of the field of psychology. Students who are considering entering a career in human services or a psychology-related field where graduate training in psychology is not required (e.g., social work, education, business, or health-related occupations such as nursing or physical therapy) may consider the B.A. degree.

Ready to declare your major? 

Please view Declaring your Major instructions created by the Academic Advising and Planning Center 

Once you have declared your major you may find these tips from our Psychology Advising pages helpful. 

Psychology Minor

Students whose majors are in other departments may elect to minor in Psychology.

Important Forms and Department Policies

A collection of documents and policies, including degree checklists, course override policy, student research forms, change in psychology advisor request, and registrar's office information can be found following link below. 

Useful Links for Current Psychology Students

Still not sure if majoring in Psychology is right for you?  The links below may provide useful information to help you decide.


This information is subject to change. In case of any discrepancy between this information and the catalog, the catalog will take precedence