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The purpose of the Psychology Department of Greenville College is to help students understand themselves, their world, and their relationship to God within a liberal arts context and the field of psychology. Within the life of the student, the department emphasizes the development of a foundation of knowledge, the capacity for critical thinking and scientific inquiry, the ability to communicate effectively, and the freedom to serve others through their chosen vocation.


Majors & Minors


Psychology / Religion Major
The psychology/religion major is a 36 credit hour program with at least 12 credit hours required from the Department of Philosophy and Religion, and at least 15 credit hours required from the Psychology Department. Frequently students in this major complete five or more elective courses drawn from communication, music, art, ministry, and education in addition to those in psychology and religion. Students completing this major are eligible for a bachelor of arts degree.
Psychology Major
The Psychology major requires completion of 30 credits beyond General Psychology. Psychology electives for the major are selected by the student and his/her advisor, and must meet or exceed a 18 hour minimum. The selection of courses should be focused around the vocational orientation of the student, and will often include one or two practicum sequences in facilities similar to those in which the student hopes to serve in the future. This major leads to a bachelor of arts degree.

Adult Clinical Psychology Emphasis: Psychology Major
A focused study is not required to complete the psychology major, but is encouraged.


Child/Adolescent Clinical Emphasis: Psychology Major
A focused study is not required to complete the psychology major, but is encouraged.


Marriage & Family Emphasis: Psychology Major
A focused study is not required to complete the psychology major, but is encouraged.


Organizational Psychology Emphasis: Psychology Major
A focused study is not required to complete the psychology major, but is encouraged.


Pre-Physical or Occupational Therapy Emphasis: Psychology Major
A student who wishes to pursue a career in physical therapy or occupational therapy can come to Greenville College to get a degree in biology or psychology and the necessary prerequisites for admission into a master's program in PT or OT. The student would take the GRE exam in the spring or summer of their junior year. The first semester of their senior year, the student would apply to graduate programs in which they are interested.


School Psychology Emphasis: Psychology Major
A focused study is not required to complete the psychology major, but is encouraged.


The Teaching of Psychology Emphasis: Psychology Major
A focused study is not required to complete the psychology major, but is encouraged.


Psychology Minor
A psychology minor provides you with tremendous career flexibility. Greenville's program will deepen your understanding of human behavior, motivation, interpersonal relationships, and personality theory. A solid understanding of human behavior is a marketable quality in our society. Any 18 credit hours beyond PSY 101 or PSY 220 may be taken in the Psychology Department to receive a minor. Eight hours must be upper division.

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