WELCOME, FSD1 STUDENTS!: On April 11, 2014 we were visited by an excellent group of school-to-work students who attended classes and participated in panel discussions. Thank you, Johnathan Greene and Joanne MacPherson!
CONGRATULATIONS, PSI CHI MEMBERS!: On March 11, 2014 we inducted 18 new members into Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology! To read more about Psi Chi, check out their webpage.
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The Department of Psychology, then called the Department of Psychology, Sociology and Philosophy, was one of the original academic departments at the founding of Francis Marion College in 1970. There were no plans to offer graduate education at FMU until community mental health practitioners expressed interest in advanced training; as a result, the Departments of Psychology and Sociology began in 1976 to offer a sequence of five applied courses termed the “Paraprofessional Option.” These programs have grown a great deal since 1976; however, small class sizes, close mentorship, and hands-on training remain a priority. Currently, the Department offers a rigorous undergraduate major in Psychology, as well as graduate degrees in Applied Psychology (Clinical/Counseling) and School Psychology.
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The Psychology Department offers a M.S. degree in Applied Psychology (Clinical/Counseling) and a Specialist in School Psychology degree (S.S.P.). Students in School Psychology earn a Master of Science (M.S.) degree en route to the S.S.P. degree; the School Psychology Option does not offer a terminal M.S. degree. S.S.P. graduates typically go on to become school psychologists and earn LPES licensure in South Carolina. M.S. (clinical/counseling) graduates are eligible to be licensed as LPC’s in South Carolina, and they are employable in a variety of settings.