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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog - SCCC & Day Students 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog - SCCC & Day Students

Psychology Major

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The major in psychology is designed around a broad liberal education whereby the humanities and the sciences are integrated through an emphasis on the study of human behavior. Students in psychology develop an approach to learning based on empirical, objective methodology and statistical data analysis. These skills enhance critical thinking and permit theory construction and analysis. Students who graduate from this program are expected to have the knowledge base and the data analysis skills to support graduate study in any of the specialty areas of psychology. They also should be well prepared for employment in positions that require understanding and motivating others. Examples of such employment areas include positions in personnel work, social service and mental health agencies, law enforcement, sales, and business.

The major in psychology aligns with the American Psychological Association Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major 3.0 (2013). The structure of the psychology major fits with the five main areas of focus advocated by the guidelines: 1) emphasis on the basic knowledge of concepts in the discipline in psychology; 2) emphasis on scientific methods and critical thinking; 3) emphasis on ethics, social responsibility, and diversity; 4) emphasis on effective communication skills; and 5) emphasis on professional development.

All undergraduate courses taken at The Citadel with a subject prefix of PSYC will count towards the major GPA.


Student Learning Outcomes


  1. Students will learn and demonstrate a broad knowledge of the field of Psychology. (Aligns with APA Goals 1 & 2)
  2. Students will demonstrate an ability to write using clear and professional language in the APA editorial style. (Aligns with APA Goals 2 & 4)
  3. Students will recognize and evaluate ethical issues and dilemmas in an applied context. (Aligns with APA Goals 3 & 4)
  4. Students will practice professional skills in an applied disciplinary internship. (Aligns with APA Goal 5)
  5. Students will develop a professional development plan. (Aligns with APA Goal 5)


Major Academic Map

Click here to view the Academic Map for this major, which shows the courses and sequence.

Minimum of 36 Hours of Coursework

The major program in psychology, which leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree, consists of a minimum of 36 hours of course work in psychology, including

Four Courses from Cluster A and Cluster B

Students also will choose two courses from both Cluster A and Cluster B classes. The total number of classes across both clusters will be four.


Students will also select one additional elective class from either Cluster A or Cluster B; alternatively, a special topics class (PSYC 463 ) may be used to satisfy this particular elective requirement.

Freshman Year

Freshman Fall

Freshman Spring

Sophomore Year

Sophomore Fall

Sophomore Spring

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • PSYC - Cluster A Elective Credit Hours 3
  • Strand Course 1 Credit Hours: 3
  • General Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • General Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • 2nd Year Basic ROTC

Junior Year

Junior Fall

Junior Spring

  • Strand Course 3 Credit Hours: 3
  • PSYC - Cluster A Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • PSYC - Cluster B Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Humanities/Social Sciences Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • General Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • 1st Year Advanced ROTC

Senior Year

Senior Fall

Senior Spring

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • PSYC - Psychology Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • General Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • General Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • General Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • 2nd Year Advanced ROTC


  • See the “Undergraduate Curriculum” section for a list of courses that will satisfy freshman math and science requirements.
  • Students must complete four strand courses, which may be completed in any order: English (ENGS 30X ), History (HISS 30X ), Social Science (SCSS 30X ), and Science (NTSS 30X ).

ROTC Course Requirements:

ROTC course requirements apply to members of the SCCC only:

  • Cadets contracted or pursuing a contract should take 8 semesters of ROTC.
  • Cadets not contracted or pursuing a contract should take 4 semesters of ROTC Basic and 4 semesters of ROTC fulfilment courses. Available ROTC fulfillment courses are published online annually by the department of Leadership Studies.
  • ROTC courses typically carry 1 to 3 hours of credit, depending on the level. ROTC fulfillment courses typically carry 3 hours of credit. See the course descriptions for specific information.

Required For Graduation:

  • 123 credit hours plus successful completion of all RPED, ROTC, and LDRS graduation requirements. ROTC hours (credits, lectures, and labs) vary each semester by military department.

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