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

Psychology is the study of human and animal 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'll gain a broad, interdisciplinary foundation in the core areas of research and application in the discipline of psychology. Students in the program must complete twelve hours of core psychology courses, eight hours of departmental core courses (link to curriculum sheet here- attached in this page), and 21 hours of upper level psychology courses.

Sample Schedule

Your schedule might include the following classes:

Core Courses

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology

Departmental Research Core

  • Fundamentals of Research
  • Social Statistics
  • Senior Seminar or Senior Research (2 credit hours)

Upper level Psychology

  • Theories of Aging
  • Psychology of Health & Wellness
  • Adult Development & Life Assessment
  • Cognition
  • Mental Health
  • Alcohol & Drugs
  • Sensation & Perception
  • Personality Theories
  • Experimental Psychology with Lab (4 credit hours)
  • Special Topics in Psychology
  • Death & Dying
  • Psychology of Religion
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Counseling & Therapies
  • Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • Advanced Psychological Research
  • History of Psychology
  • Independent Study

Student Opportunities and Experience

We offer opportunities to participate in two student organizations, The Psychology Club and Psi Chi, a chapter of the national 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 on-campus workshops and social activities, and travel to various psychology conferences. Students can also get involved in on and off-campus internships related to psychology and behavioral health. Psychology students regularly travel to present at regional undergraduate research conferences.

Careers and Outcomes

Psychology students at Claflin often pursue graduate school opportunities in school psychology, marriage & family therapy, social work, audiology, 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.

Admissions Requirements

Adult learners seeking application into the online Psychology program should apply through the Center for Continuing & Professional Studies

Traditional undergraduate students can apply through the online application.

Claflin Academic Catalog

Courses & Requirements

View the academic catalog to see all courses and requirements.

2021-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
     2018-2020 Undergraduate Catalog   2015-2017 Undergraduate Catalog                                       
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For more information on Psychology, please contact:

Matthew Hiatt

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