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Psychology B.A., B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
Spartanburg, SC, United States
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.

Overview

Psychology is one of the largest majors on campus. Since 1976, 1,742 students have graduated from USC Upstate with a degree in psychology.

The programme

The 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 objectives include:

  • providing students 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
  • facilitating development of oral and written communication skills
  • and providing experiences in critical thinking

Careers in Psychology

These objectives 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 recruiters.  

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Learning and Memory
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Sensation and Perception
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Physiological Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Personality Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Ind. / Org. Psychology

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6

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    61

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  • Minimum required score:

    500

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General Requirements

Transcripts

  • International applicants must also provide official copies of school transcripts or certificates of satisfactory study (such as "A" or "O" levels, baccalaureate, bachillerato, Abitur or other school certificates).

Sufficient Funding

  • The Office of Undergraduate Admissions must receive official documents (originals, not photocopies) that certify that the student will have sufficient funding to attend the University of South Carolina for one calendar year.

Credential Evaluation

  • Students who have attended post-secondary educational institutions, colleges or universities outside of the United States are required to submit a professional credential evaluation of all work completed.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    22710 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11355 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    11208 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5604 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Spartanburg

  • 948 - 1650 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

Financial aid programs at USC Upstate make it easier for many students to attend school who could not do so if left entirely to their own resources. The three general categories of federally-sponsored financial aid programs offered by the University to qualified undergraduate students include loans, grants, scholarships and work-study programs.

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