Psychology (B.S.)

Program Type: Major
Program Level: Undergraduate
Department: Majors

Those who are called to the field of psychology and counseling are compelled by a desire to help others and positively impact lives in their community. The Psychology program is designed to foster that desire and empower you to realize that dream of serving the needs of others.

A broad, high-impact learning experience focused on healing and helping.

The program is characterized by small classes where seasoned, expert faculty can work individually with students, understand their strengths and areas for improvement, and shape experiential learning opportunities around their distinct interests. Students explore the broad range of specializations, including neuroscience, cognition, disorders, and counseling. And experiential learning opportunities include internships, service learning, and research.

As a graduate of the program you’ll be prepared to enter the field directly, working in any number of professional settings counseling individuals and/or groups. Or you can join other graduates of Upstate’s program who have been accepted at outstanding graduate institutions to pursue their master’s and/or doctorate.

For more information, visit the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

  • The curriculum is designed to expose students to the diverse field of psychology, from neuroscience and cognition to psychological disorders and counseling. Students choose from five different core areas of psychology to gain breadth of understanding of the field, and then select other courses specifically tailored to their interest within the discipline. Students are encouraged to engage in one of our experiential learning opportunities: Internships, service learning, or working with faculty on research projects.

  • If you are interested in working with humans or animals, helping those in need, assisting others to work toward a better future, or working in a business or service industry then psychology may be the right educational path for you. After graduation, many of our students choose to pursue a Master’s degree in social work. Others are accepted into MA or PhD programs in clinical psychology, experimental psychology programs, school psychology programs or have gone on to earn degrees in speech pathology, medicine, dentistry, or law.

    Students who choose to work right after graduation find jobs with social service agencies, group homes, mental health institutions, substance abuse clinics, correctional institutions, as therapists working with autistic children, in human resource departments, or management positions in service industries.

  • Several Spartanburg-area businesses offer our students firsthand experience. They include:

    • Department of Juvenile Justice 
    • Child Advocacy Center 
    • Spartanburg Mental Health 
    • Solicitor’s Office
    • New Day Clubhouse 
    • Whitlock Flexible Learning Center