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Major in Psychology

Program Overview

Degree Type

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

Department Name

Psychology

Department Chair Name

Cinnamon Stetler

Department Assistant Name

Alise Brown

What is a psychology degree?

To major in psychology is to deeply examine the science of mental processes and behavior. A degree in psychology involves taking classes in research methods and statistics, as well as coursework in core areas of the discipline (e.g., biopsychology, clinical psychology, cognition, development, health psychology, learning and social psychology).

Why study psychology at Furman?

Furman has one of the strongest undergraduate psychology programs in the country. Our curriculum offers the opportunity to survey the breadth of the discipline while also giving students a chance to look more deeply into areas of special interest to them. Dedicated professors who are also active scholars, small classes, well-equipped research facilities and Furman’s commitment to a liberal arts and sciences approach to learning are hallmarks of the program. With a degree from Furman, you’ll have the knowledge and hands-on experience to excel in graduate school or the job market.

How will you learn?

Our program combines exceptional classroom instruction with hands-on learning opportunities. Nearly all of our majors complete at least one engaged learning experience, including undergraduate research, internship or study away. Small class sizes give students increased access to professors who are among the best in their fields. Plan a visit to Furman’s beautiful campus or start your application today.

Careers for psychology majors

Employers consistently identify innovation, critical thinking and a broad skill set as the qualities they seek when hiring. As a psychology major at Furman, you will develop those skills along with a detailed understanding of human behavior – all attributes that are attractive to future employers and prestigious graduate study programs. Nearly half our graduates attend graduate school. Although a background in psychology will be an asset in nearly every field, psychology majors go on to rewarding futures in specific occupations such as:

  • Mental health counselor
  • Health care worker
  • Researcher or data analyst
  • School psychologist
  • Medical scientist
  • Human resource manager
  • Marketing analyst

Psychology courses: What will you study?

Sample courses include:

Health Psychology

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graduating seniors in the department each year
100%
majors who participate in research or internships
No. 6
rank of Furman among National Liberal Arts Colleges in the Southeast, according to U.S. News and World Report

What our students say

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“I chose to major in psychology because it was the major that challenged me the most. As a hospital chaplain, I use my studies every day to connect emotionally with patients, make sense of their diagnoses and help people find purpose and meaning. Having a better understanding of human behavior and mental processes also helps me to be a better human as I navigate my own pressure points while caring for others.” – Hillary Taylor ’12

Our faculty

Your academic advisor will help you explore your passions, define your interests and achieve your goals. You’ll tap into a widespread network of community and alumni mentors to help you on your individual educational path – and to the opportunities at the end of it. Furman’s dedicated psychology faculty are award winning teachers and mentors who are committed to involving students in high quality research in our labs. Take your first steps by contacting admissions or reading more about how to apply.

  • Kerstin Blomquist
    Title:

    Associate Professor of Psychology

    Kerstin Blomquist

    Kerstin Blomquist
    Title:

    Associate Professor of Psychology

    Phone Number: 8642943215

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  • Veronica Flores
    Title:

    Professor, Psychology

    Veronica Flores

    Veronica Flores
    Title:

    Professor, Psychology

    Phone Number: 8642942431

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  • Erin R. Hahn
    Title:

    Professor, Psychology

    Erin Hahn

    Erin R. Hahn
    Title:

    Professor, Psychology

    Phone Number: 8642943210

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  • Nader Hakim
    Title:

    Assistant Professor, Psychology

    Nader Hakim

    Nader Hakim
    Title:

    Assistant Professor, Psychology

    Phone Number: 8642942222

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  • Michelle Horhota
    Title:

    Associate Dean of Mentoring and Advising; Professor of Psychology

    Michelle Horhota

    Michelle Horhota
    Title:

    Associate Dean of Mentoring and Advising; Professor of Psychology

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  • Beth Pontari
    Title:

    Associate Provost for Engaged Learning; Professor of Psychology

    Beth Pontari

    Beth Pontari
    Title:

    Associate Provost for Engaged Learning; Professor of Psychology

    Phone Number: 8642942149

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  • Adam Putnam
    Title:

    Assistant Professor, Psychology

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    Adam Putnam
    Title:

    Assistant Professor, Psychology

    Phone Number: 8642943213

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  • Onarae Rice
    Title:

    Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience

    Onarae Rice

    Onarae Rice
    Title:

    Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience

    Phone Number: 8642942382

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  • Cinnamon Stetler
    Title:

    Professor, Department Chair of Psychology

    Cinnamon Stetler

    Cinnamon Stetler
    Title:

    Professor, Department Chair of Psychology

    Phone Number: 8642943514

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  • Erin J. Wamsley
    Title:

    Associate Professor, Psychology

    Erin Wamsley

    Erin J. Wamsley
    Title:

    Associate Professor, Psychology

    Phone Number: 8642943218

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  • FAQ

    What can you do with a psychology degree?

    With a psychology degree you will be well-prepared for the fields of psychology, medicine and health-related careers, social work, education, nonprofit service, human resources, marketing and many others. Nearly half our graduates attend graduate school, and other recent graduates currently work in organizations such as Children’s Hospital of Boston, the U.S. National Parks Service, Pfizer Inc., Windstream Communications, South Carolina Department of Social Services, Centers for Disease Control, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

    What is the average salary for a psychology major?

    According to a recent study by Emsi, recent psychology graduates earned an estimated wage of $48,000 per year or higher, with a potential wage of $80,500 per year or higher.

    How long does it take to earn a psychology degree?

    It typically takes a student four years to earn a B.A. or B.S. in psychology at Furman.

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