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Get a deeper insight into the thought, emotion and behavior surrounding the human mind.

Psychology is both an applied and academic field that studies the human mind and behavior. Research in psychology seeks to understand and explain thought, emotion, and behavior.

Top Reasons to choose Psychology at florida southern college

Be Prepared

100 percent of our psychology majors are accepted into graduate institutions such as Emory University.

Collaborative Research

You’ll have opportunities to take part in every aspect of the research process, including the study of human and non-human behavior.

Expert Faculty

The Psychology department consists of a diverse group of research-oriented professionals that have devoted themselves to the mentorship of undergraduates.

Engaged Learning

You’ll have 120-160 hours of hands-on learning culminating in either a peer-reviewed project or a portfolio.

Learn the Hot Topics in the Field

In PSY 3301 Special Topics in Psychology, students have the opportunity to courses that critically explore some “hot topic” in the field of psychology. Although this course changes from semester to semester, some of the following have been special topics courses in recent years: positive psychology, crisis and trauma management, psychology of gender, psychology of leadership, human sexuality, psychology and film, health psychology, narrative psychology, and psychology and law.

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Featured Psychology Faculty

Dr. Patrick Smith
- Psychology Department Chair

Education should be a dynamic and interactive process. One of the most important roles of a professor is to impart professional experience as it applies to effective classroom pedagogy. However, student learning and motivational styles are always changing, so an effective educator must continue to improve one's craft by connecting with his or her students in ways that both sides realize their responsibilities in making classroom learning a collective, engaging experience.

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Marine Mammal Training Opportunities

Marine Animal Training

In addition, many of our psychology majors are interested in marine mammal training, and our location provides numerous opportunities for experience in this area. FSC students have been selected for highly competitive internships at places such as:

  • Sea World
  • MOTE Marine Laboratory
  • The Tampa Aquarium
  • Miami Seaquarium
  • Marineland

Internship Opportunities

There are a number of clinical and counseling organizations in the area that select undergraduates for experiential learning opportunities, including two behavioral therapy centers for child-related disorders.

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