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.

Unleash your potential and discover something new!  

We offer a variety of individualized learning experiences under the direction of a faculty member across your academic career. Students are eligible for Research Experience in Psychology (PSYC 198), and junior and senior psychology majors may enroll in Teaching Mentorship (PSYC 404), Tutorial (PSYC 497), Independent Study (PSYC 498). We also offer yearlong intensive, empirical research projects in our Neuroscience (PSYC 448) or Psychology (PSYC 499) Bachelor's Essay courses. Please see the most recent College Catalog for course descriptions, gradepoint requirements, and prerequisites. 

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 Department of Psychology (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.

Behavioral Neuroscience

Clinical Psychology

Cognitive Sciences

Conditioning & Learning

Developmental Sciences


Positive Psychology 

Quantitative Methods

Social Psychology

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 of 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 courses (PSYC 319: Practicum in Psychology and PSYC 397: Internship Experience) provide 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 PSYC 397. Please follow our social media on Facebook and Instagram for information regarding future information sessions or contact Dr. Chelsea Reid for more information.

For additional information regarding PSYC 319, please contact Dr. Jennifer Wilhelm


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