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The Department of Psychology offers both a major and a minor in psychology, as well as concentrations in behavioral neuroscience and forensics. It also services a gerontology certificate program.

A major in psychology offers students a thorough foundation in research design and data analysis. In addition, psychology majors will have the opportunity to study the major content areas in psychology, including the basic principles of learning, experimental psychology, developmental psychology, social psychology, and areas in abnormal and clinical psychology. Graduates with the Bachelor of Science in psychology often seek employment with mental health and social service agencies. In addition, many psychology majors pursue graduate degrees to prepare for careers in teaching, research, counseling and consulting.

Students are offered extensive and varied opportunities for integrative experiential learning, including faculty/student collaborative research and community-based internships.

The Student Experience

Internships are an excellent way for students to gain real-word experiences with agencies, organizations, and businesses to apply psychological principles and knowledge. Students who major in psychology will participate in an out-of-classroom internship experience related to the field of psychology. Upon completion of the internship experience students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the knowledge gained from the Internship experience in the field of psychology.
  2. Apply psychological principles related to the Internship experience in the field of psychology.

Typically, students complete 33 hours for the internship per credit hour (100 hours=3 credits). The experiential nature of an internship requires that students adhere rigorously to attendance guidelines. The final grade for the internship will be determined by the requirements specified in the written contract. Weekly or biweekly updates and written assignments may be required.

Beyond the Classroom

Psi Chi is the national honor society in psychology; membership in Psi Chi is open to students who are psychology majors or minors and who have maintained a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. The Coastal Carolina University Chapter of Psi Chi has been active since 1990.

The Psychology Club is a student-run social organization open to all students with an interest in psychology. The club sponsors fund raisers for local organizations, invites speakers to campus, and arranges trips to local and regional psychology conferences. The Psychology Club has been active since 1993.

Psychology Courses

101 General Psychology
202 Introduction to Scientific Communication: Psychological Perspectives
225 Psychological Statistics and 225L Psychological Statistics Laboratory
226 Research Methods in Psychology and 226L Research Methods in Psychology Laboratory
300 Human Sexual Behavior
301 Psychology of Marriage
302 Developmental Psychology
303 Interpersonal Communication Skills
310 Psychology of Women
333 Health Psychology
340 Sports Psychology
399 Q* Independent Study
400 Human Learning
401 Cognitive Processes
402 Psycholinguistics
407 Principles of Learning
410 Abnormal Psychology
411 Abnormal Behavior in Children
415 Human Neuropsychology
420 Child Psychology
421 Psychology of Adolescence
423 Psychology of Aging
425 Gerontology

For the most current list of courses and descriptions, visit the University Catalog »


Department of Psychology
Coastal Carolina University
Smith Science 210
P.O. Box 261954
Conway, SC  29528-6054


Terry Pettijohn II, Ph.D.
Department Chair, Professor of Psychology‌‌

Jackie Moore
Administrative Specialist

To learn more, visit the Department of Psychology »