Bachelor of Science in Psychology


The Psychology program at Columbia International University provides you with a personalized undergraduate experience tailored to your professional goals. Through experiences in and outside of the classroom, you will develop practical abilities that employers and graduate schools are seeking, including skills in the areas of communication, interpersonal relations, and research. CIU Psychology will empower you to live out God’s purpose in your personal and professional life as you explore the latest scientific developments through the unchanging lens of Scripture.

Psychology courses offered regularly at CIU include:

  • Human Growth and Development
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Theories of Counseling
  • Research Methods and Design

Please refer to the Academic Catalog for the 4-year outline of your CIU Psychology experience.

Program Highlights

  • Practicum experiences in research or clinical work give each student real-world exposure relevant to career goals
  • Senior capstone project integrating Psychology and Christianity
  • Accelerated program available combining the Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling, allowing students to complete both in approximately 5 years
  • Active Behavioral Science Club (Psi Lambda Delta)

Opportunities to attend or present at professional conferences Psychology majors have access to a variety of options for practical experience during their time at CIU. Recently, they have served as prayer counselors for a nationwide radio network and worked in community placements including: Agape Counseling & Training Services, the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, Lexington District 4 Schools, Richland County District 2 Family Intervention Program, Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the South Carolina Department of Mental Health

Featured Faculty

Psychology Majors are predicted to see 14% job growth from 2018-2028.

Here are some of the areas where you will see Psychology graduates working:

  • Professional Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Addictions Counseling
  • Advertising, Sales Representative, Market Research Analyst, Public Relations
  • Clinical Psychologist, Neuropsychologist, Industrial-Organizational Psychologist
  • Child Welfare Caseworker, Case Manager
  • Church-related Professions: Children’s Minister, Youth Minister, Family Minister, Pastoral Counselor
  • Neuroscience research
  • Social Worker, School Social Worker, School Counselor
  • Law (including mental health law and policy) & Law Enforcement
  • Financial Aid counselor, Loan Officer, Benefits Manager
  • Human Resource Personnel ·
  • Applied Behavior Analyst
  • Criminal Investigator, Forensic Psychologist, Corrections Officer
  • College Student Affairs Professional (ex. Residence Hall Director)
  • Art Therapy, Music Therapy, Dance/Movement Therapy