The Psychology program is offered during the day for traditional undergraduate students and in an online format for non-traditional students through the Center for Professional & Continuing Studies.

Psychology is the study of human behavior (normal and abnormal) and the cognitive, emotional, social, and biological processes related to that behavior. Our program will prepare you to embark on a number of career paths or to pursue graduate study in many specialized fields.


As a Psychology major at Claflin you will develop knowledge, competence, and skills inone of three concentrations: General Psychology, Counseling, or Research. You will have core competencies in:

1.  Career Management 
2.  Critical Thinking/Problem Solving 
3.  Oral/Written Communications 
4.  Professionalism/Work Ethic 
5.  Teamwork/Collaboration

To complete a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, students must complete twelve hours of core psychology courses, four hours of an extra science plus lab, eight hours of departmental core courses, and 21 hours of concentration courses (at least 6 hours must be at the 400 level).

Core Courses (12 credit hours)

These courses provide a solid foundation in psychology.

   • PSYC 201 Introduction to Psychology (3 credit hours)
• PSYC 203 Developmental Psychology (3 credit hours)
• PSYC 308 Social Psychology (3 credit hours)
• PSYC 309 Abnormal Psychology (3 credit hours)

Additional Science plus lab options: (4 credit hours)

   • BIOL 102 Biology, Health, and the Environment
• BIOL 121 General Biology I
• BIOL 122 General Biology II
• CHEM 101 Physical Science
• CHEM 121 General Chemistry I
• CHEM 122 General Chemistry II

Departmental Courses (8 credit hours)

These courses will enhance your research skills and understanding of statistical analysis.

• HSSC 390 Fundamentals of Research (3 credit hours)
• HSSC 391 Social Statistics (3 credit hours)
• HSSC 491 Senior Seminar or HSSC 492 Senior Research (2 credit hours)


The General Psychology concentration prepares students for a variety of careers in many fields. This concentration is appropriate for students who are not seeking to attend graduate school, are not interested in counseling or research, or do not intend on working in a psychology-related field. In addition to the five core competencies listed above, students in this concentration will also gain competency in Global/Intercultural Fluency. *Students completing the degree online will have a concentration in General Psychology.

Courses: Cognition, Personality Theories, Cross-Cultural Psychology, plus four Psychology electives

The Counseling concentration prepares students to enter graduate school for careers in the counseling field such as counselors/therapists, clinicians, mental health specialists, school psychologists, social workers, etc. Students will become certified in Mental Health First Aid and be encouraged to gain experience through a practicum and/or internship. In addition to the five core competencies listed above, students in this concentration will also gain competency in Empathy, including rapport-building techniques such as active listening.

Courses: Required: Mental Health, Counseling & Therapy
Choose five courses from the following: Psychology of Health & Wellness, Alcohol & Drugs, Personality Theories, Human Sexuality, Death & Dying, Psychology of Religion, Cross-Cultural Psychology, Applied Mental Health

The Research concentration prepares students to enter graduate school for a variety of psychology careers outside of counseling that require a higher degree. This concentration is especially appropriate for students who want to eventually obtain a Ph.D. Students will become proficient in data analysis software, participate in service learning, and be encouraged to gain experience conducting research through an internship. In addition to the five core competencies listed above, students in this concentration will also gain competency in Digital Technology.

Courses: Cognition, Advanced Psychological Research, Experimental Psychology, History of Psychology, plus three Psychology electives

Psychology Major Electives

• PSYC 311 Psychology of Health & Wellness
• PSYC 312 Adult Development & Life Assessment
• PSYC 316 Cognition
• PSYC 318 Mental Health
• PSYC 320 Alcohol & Drugs
• PSYC 321 Sensation & Perception
• PSYC 322 Personality Theories
• PSYC 325 Human Sexuality
• PSYC 340 Industrial/Organizational Psychology
• PSYC 390-399 Special Topics in Psychology
• PSYC 401 Death & Dying
• PSYC 402 Psychology of Religion
• PSYC 403 Forensic Psychology
• PSYC 404 Counseling & Therapies
• PSYC 405 Cross-Cultural Psychology
• PSYC 411 Advanced Psychological Research
• PSYC 412 Experimental Psychology 
• PSYC 414 History of Psychology
• PSYC 440 Applied Mental Health


We offer opportunities to participate in two student organizations: The Psychology Club and Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology. Psi Chi honors the brightest of exceptional students and gives students the opportunity to become involved in social and academic activities. These groups often work together to engage in community service activities, host workshops and social activities, and travel to various psychology conferences. Students can also get involved in internships related to psychology and behavioral health. Psychology students regularly travel to present at regional undergraduate research conferences.


Psychology students at Claflin often pursue graduate school opportunities in school psychology, marriage & family therapy, social work, education, speech pathology, counselor education, counseling, clinical psychology, forensic psychology, rehabilitation counseling, and industrial/organizational psychology. Some graduates directly pursue job opportunities in a wide range of fields including law enforcement, mental health, group homes, governments and non-profits, faith-based organizations, juvenile justice, sales and marketing, management, human resources, and hospitality services.


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Courses & Requirements

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2021-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
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For more information on Psychology, please contact:

Matthew Hiatt

Dr. Matthew Hiatt
Associate Professor of Psychology
phone: (803) 535-5276
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