Department of Psychology
Welcome to the Psychology Department at The Citadel! The Department is composed of dynamic, enthusiastic faculty who strive to maintain high standards in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
In addition to undergraduate major and minor programs of study, the Psychology Department at The Citadel offers two graduate level programs: a 75-hour Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree program in School Psychology, and a 54-hour Master's (M.A.) degree program in Clinical Counseling. The School Psychology program has full approval from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) while the Clinical Counseling program is accredited by the Master's in Psychology Accreditation Council (MPAC).
Undergraduate Program - Mission
The Citadel's undergraduate programs in Psychology are grounded in liberal arts and sciences. Consistent with this structure, the major in Psychology is designed around a broad liberal education whereby learning in the humanities and the sciences is integrated through an emphasis on the study of human behavior. Students in psychology develop an approach to learning that combines an empirical, objective methodology built upon observational and statistical strategies, with skills in discerning patterns across data - all of which in turn foster conceptual and theoretical analysis. Students who graduate from this program are expected to have the knowledge base and skills in data analysis that would support graduate study in any of the specialty areas of psychology. They also should be well prepared for employment in positions that require understanding and motivating others.
With this mission in mind, the Psychology Department recognizes that its greatest asset is its students. The Department is committed to insuring that its students not only have the highest level of instruction, but also that they are learning the material expected of a college graduate with a major in psychology.
Ed.S. in School Psychology - Mission
The School Psychology program embraces a training model based upon the application of the principles of scientific methodology to the school setting - i.e., a school psychologist is a data-based problem-solver who is able to bring his/her knowledge (psychological and educational) and skills (diagnostic and prescriptive) to bear on school-related problems, generating viable and testable hypotheses about the problem that can be evaluated in light of continued data-gathering. Within this model, the program emphasizes the application of theory and research to practical and applied problems and settings within the ecology of schools. It is the expectation of the program that students will be trained to meet these guidelines and fulfill the program's mission to develop competent, professional problem-solvers who are compassionate and caring in their service. It is also the expectation of this program that students graduating will meet NASP guidelines for training, will be eligible for certification as Level II school psychologists in the State of South Carolina, and will be eligible for National Certification.
M.A. in Clinical Counseling - Mission
The mission of the Clinical Counseling program at The Citadel is to prepare students to become scholarly practitioners of psychosocial counseling in community agencies, including college counseling centers, hospitals, mental health centers, and social services agencies. The program emphasizes the application of theories of human development, psychopathology, and behavior change to psychosocial problems of a diverse population of individuals and families seeking mental health services in the community. The program's model blends didactic and experiential training to facilitate students' ability to utilize an empirical approach to assessment, goal development, intervention, and evaluation of services for individuals and families experiencing a variety of psychosocial difficulties. It is the expectation of the program that students will be trained to be competent and ethical professional service providers who will bring compassion and caring to their work.