University of Charleston

University of Charleston

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  • duration

    4 Years

  • format

    BA: In-Seat, Online, BS: In-Seat

  • location

    Charleston and Online

Program Overview

This program helps you better understand the behavior and processes of organisms, and to learn to appreciate psychology as a discipline, a science, and a profession. Our unique program offers two tracks: Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS). The BS is offered for in-seat students while the BA can be completed either in-seat or online.

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

The Bachelor of Arts track is designed for those who are more interested in the practice of psychology. Those who are not particularly interested in research but want to enter the human services field often choose this track.

Bachelor of Science in Psychology

The Bachelor of Science track is more heavily focused on research in psychology. Students in this track will design and conduct their own research project prior to graduation.

In large part, students in the BS and BA tracks complete similar sequences of courses to achieve their degrees. Students pursuing the BS track typically follow a curriculum that includes more math and science courses, while those seeking a BA track will take courses that focus on more traditional liberal arts courses.

Both tracks prepare students for graduate study in psychology, counseling, social work, and other related fields.

Freshman applicants with a 2.5 or higher high school GPA and transfer students with a 2.0 or higher cumulative college GPA are eligible for general admission to UC and will gain direct entry into this program. Students may apply online or download the admissions application.

Program Highlights

  • Internships and service-learning experiences related to clinical, counseling and forensic psychology, as well as other fields of interest, are available

  • Unique, two-track option to help you reach your career goals.

  • Professional networking opportunities, as well as opportunities for travel to areas around the country and the world.

  • The program has two organizations associated with it – Psi Chi, the international honor society for the study of psychology, and The Psychology Club, open to anyone with interest in the field of psychology.

  • Psychology is also available as a minor.

Program Outcomes

  • Post-Undergraduate Job Opportunities

    • Behavioral Health Technician
    • Case Manager
    • Corrections (Correctional Officer, Parole Officer)
    • Human Resource Manager
    • Psychometrician
    • Researcher
    • Skills Trainer
    • Supportive Counselor
  • Post-Graduate Degree Job Opportunities

    • Professor
    • Psychologist
    • Social Worker
    • Researcher
    • Therapist
  • Excellent Graduate School Placement

    100% of UC Psychology majors who applied to graduate school over the past ten years have been accepted.

  • Professional Experience

    Our students present and compete at several national professional events in the fall and spring, providing opportunities to gain confidence, develop critical thinking, and to network with other psychology students.

Additional Information

The Psi Chi Honor Society is the international honor society for the study of psychology. To achieve membership in Psi Chi, students must:

  1. Meet the academic standards established by the organization
  2. Be recommended by the faculty for membership
  3. Be approved as members by current Psi Chi members

The Psychology Club is open to anyone, regardless of major, who has an interest in the field of psychology.

Meet the Faculty

Meet the Faculty

Michael Bayly
Michael J. Bayly

Michael J. Bayly, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology

UC Faculty Staff
Indre Cuckler, Ed.D

Associate Professor of Psychology