Beyond the classroom
Textbooks and lectures might be the foundation, but experiences outside the classroom truly complete your education. That's a philosophy we take seriously at Lander - and a philosophy at the heart of the psychology curriculum.
As a psychology major, you'll be expected to take your newly learned skills and put them into action through in-depth fieldwork and internship participation. During the senior year, many of our students work as psychology interns at agencies providing services in their areas of interest. Past graduates have interned at the Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, the Senior Citizens Center, Burton Center for Disabilities and Special Needs and the mental health wing at Self Regional Healthcare.
You'll also have a chance to interact with students who share your interests by becoming involved with Psi Chi, a national honor society for psychology students, or the Psychology Club. Members often travel with our faculty to the South Carolina Psychological Association's Academic Day, hosted by member schools across the state - including Lander. Our student teams consistently place in the top three in the annual Academic Day Quiz Bowl.
Psi Chi International Honor Society:
Psi Chi is the International Honor Society in Psychology.
Our Psi Chi chapter provides you with the opportunity to join if you
meet certain standards required by Psi Chi and the Association of
College Honor Societies (a governing body for college honor societies).
Membership in Psi Chi is an earned honor that is for life. A permanent
record of your membership is preserved at the Psi Chi National Office
and may be used for reference purposes such as applications for
graduate school and jobs.
Eligibility for undergraduates includes:
- Completion of 3 semesters or 5 quarters of the college course.
- Completion of 9 semester hours or 14 quarter hours of psychology courses.
- Ranking in the top 35 percent of one’s class in general scholarship.
- A minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in both psychology classes and in cumulative grades.
Eligibility for graduate students includes:
- A minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all graduate courses.
If you are interested in joining our Psi Chi chapter, please fill out the online application at the link below or contact Dr. Jonathan Bassett with any questions.
Please select a link below for more information:
Lander's Psychology Club is open to any Lander student.
Members have opportunities to:
- Network with peers, professors, and professionals
- Attend conferences
- Gain leadership and organizational experience
- Improve resume or vita
- Participate in community service and fund raising drives
- Have a great time
Dues are only $10 per year.
Meeting times and past meeting minutes are posted on the Psychology Club Facebook Group.
Professional organizations related to your major:
Awards are granted annually to outstanding university students from all disciplines during a ceremony
- Psi Chi Undergraduate Research Award
Given annually by the psychology faculty to one or more psychology majors who have demonstrated outstanding ability in conducting an independent research project.
- Psychology Discipline Award
Given annually by the psychology faculty to the graduating senior majoring in psychology with the highest cumulative grade point average.
Life after Lander
While it's true that you need advanced academic degrees to become a psychologist or a licensed counselor, there are still many options open to graduates with baccalaureate degrees in psychology. Our graduates have found fulfilling careers in a variety of fields - from working as staff members at residential facilities for troubled adolescents to directing victim assistance programs for law enforcement. Some use their well-rounded undergraduate education as a springboard into people careers outside the field of psychology. For example, one graduate works as an admissions counselor at a liberal arts college, and another serves as a sales representative for an investment broker.
Of course, many of our graduates choose to go on to graduate schools to prepare for careers as psychologists, psychiatric nurses, psychotherapists, social workers and counselors. A degree in psychology is also a good foundation for graduate study in law and medicine. More information on career opportunities.
Study Abroad Opportunities:
For detailed information on Lander's study abroad opportunities visit the following pages: