Learning beyond the classroom

student at stone hengeTextbooks 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.

Our majors have the opportunity to:

  • present research papers and posters at regional and national academic conferences. In recent years, students have presented at the South Carolina Psychological Association's Annual Conference, Southeastern Psychological Association Conference and the Annual Convention for the Behavioral Sciences.
  • open the door to international adventure by taking part in Lander's international programs, gaining world perspectives on health, politics, history and culture through study abroad and faculty tours in Europe, Africa, and Central and South America.


Getting Involved

Psychology is a diverse and rapidly developing discipline with an exciting future, one in which we want our students to be actively involved. You'll have a chance to interact with others who share your interests by becoming involved with Psi Chi, a national honor society for psychology students. If you are interested in joining the chapter, please fill out the online application or contact Dr. Jonathan Bassett with any questions.

You may also choose to become involved with Lander’s Psychology Club, which is open to all students regardless of major. 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.


graduate studentLife 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.


Department Awards

Awards are granted annually to outstanding university students from all disciplines during a ceremony each spring.

  • 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.
  • Outstanding Departmental Service Award for Psychology
    Given annually by the psychology faculty to one or more psychology major who demonstrated outstanding leadership in service activities for the department.