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The human mind is one of the most complicated and intriguing mysteries in today's scientific world.

If you’re fascinated by understanding why people do the things that they do, you might consider majoring in psychology.

Grounded in scientific methods, psychology explores the big questions related to society and humankind. Psychology majors study how to predict, interpret and control behaviors, learning research methodology and how to formulate conclusions from results through observation and scientific analysis. As a bonus, psychology students also gain insight into the world around them and their own personal development—including motivations, values and strengths.


At Coker, our discussion-based round-table learning philosophy actively develops your analytical and communication skills, teaching you how to think critically and ask purposeful questions. You don’t just absorb information; you interact with the coursework in a way that trains you to think on a higher level. As a Coker psychology major, you will learn how to learn—and with internships and an individual capstone research project to prepare you for the professional world, you graduate with all the tools you need to build a successful career.

Counseling The counseling concentration is designed for those who want to use their psychology education to help others who are struggling. Counselors provide emotional support, guidance, and behavior modification strategies, and they work in a number of areas including marriage, family, children, health, educational, career, correctional, and substance abuse counseling.

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For a more detailed explanation of requirements, including course descriptions, download the Academic Catalog.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics estimates that there will be a need for 19,700 more psychologists by 2018. This number includes those who have graduate degrees and specialized training in clinical, counseling and school psychology, as well as industrial and organizational psychology.

But don’t make the mistake of thinking that psychology is limited to a traditional career in clinical or research settings. The understanding of human behavior, research methodology, and critical thinking skills developed by studying psychology can be applied to a number of career paths including business, education, law, and communications.

For more information on potential career paths, click here.

Examples of alternate career paths you can follow with your psychology degree:
  • Admissions Counselor
  • Advertising Manager
  • Business Manager
  • Career Counselor
  • Child Welfare Worker
  • Clinical Researcher
  • Comm. Serv. Agency Dir.
  • Crisis Counselor
  • Customer Service Director
  • Gerontologist
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Human Resources Admin.
  • Labor Relations Specialist
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Marriage Counselor
  • Mental Health Worker
  • Nursing Home Administrator
  • Personnel Manager
  • Probation/Parole Officer
  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Sales Representative
  • Social Worker
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Youth Counselor

Graduates of Coker College have gone on to pursue a graduate degree at a number of institutions, including but not limited to:

  • The Medical University of South Carolina
  • The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
  • Francis Marion University
  • Winthrop University
  • The University of South Carolina
  • Marymount University
  • Clemson University
  • Armstrong State University
  • University of Southern Illinois


At Coker, your professors are engaged and invested in your success from day one. Whether you need a little extra help in class, advice on where to pursue an internship, or a stellar recommendation for grad school, you’ll find support and guidance all four years.


Professor Emerita of Psychology
Professor Emerita of Psychology
Julia A. Fisher, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology; Coordinator of the Psychology Program