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Psychology, B.A. / B.S.

College of Arts and Sciences

Explore how humans develop, perceive, learn, think and make decisions, and what happens when these processes go wrong.

Learn to use the scientific method in understanding the brain and human behavior and apply this knowledge to solving some of humanity’s most important issues. You’ll have opportunities for hands-on research and clinical work and gain experiences that will prepare you for any number of career opportunities.

Program Highlights

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    Conduct Research

    Apply the scientific method through involvement in research and clinical training at our renowned facilities.

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    Hands-on Experience

    Take advantage of experiential learning opportunities through internships and practica with our community partners.

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    An Expert Faculty

    Learn from a highly experienced, well-connected faculty with a wealth of academic, research and professional experience.

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    Broad Knowledge

    Explore all the major areas of psychology ― counseling, neuroscience, health and more ― in courses and research opportunities.

What You’ll Study

You'll learn to apply the scientific method through research and clinical training in and out of the classroom, focusing on core research themes such as child and family psychology, cognitive neuroscience, community and multicultural psychology, behavioral neuroscience, children in schools and health promotion.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Data Analysis

    Examining and interpreting information to uncover insights and inform decision making


    Inspiring and guiding others to achieve common goals and reach their full potential

    Public Speaking

    Delivering a message or presentation to an audience effectively and persuasively

  • Research

    Gathering and analyzing information to increase knowledge or solve problems


    Foster learning by conveying knowledge, skills and concepts to students


    Creating professional written content for inclusion in scholarly journal articles, books and reports

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Counselor
  • Clinical Researcher
  • Teacher
  • Outreach Coordinator
  • Manager

Workplace Settings

  • Mental Health
  • Social Work
  • Education
  • Human Resources
  • Medicine
  • Law/Criminal Justice

Advanced Degrees

Advance your career or options with post-graduate education.

I had opportunities to gain clinical experience, create standardized research procedures and contribute as an author to manuscripts. These experiences transformed my academic knowledge into valuable skills, making me a competitive applicant for post-baccalaureate positions.

Caroline Hough
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Is USC Right For You?

There are many reasons we could be your ideal university. There's the award-winning academics, the globally modeled student life, and abundance of study abroad and experiential learning options. Take a closer look at what USC could mean for you.

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