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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

Learning Community

To develop camaraderie with other criminology majors, we place our students in Learning Communities, which are designed to help them persist in their studies and are focused on problem-based, integrative, and collaborative learning. Students begin by being paired together in introductory courses like Criminal Justice as well as Race Culture and the Criminal Justice System.

Research Opportunities

Side by side with their professors, students conduct research through classes like the Judicial Processes, Methods of Social Research, and Criminalization of Mental Illness. FSC Criminology majors have presented their research at the Southwestern Social Science Association’s (SSSA) annual meeting, the nation’s longest running social science conference.

Learning from Field Experts

Your professors will not only share with you the insights they’ve gained from their many years of scholarship and practical experience, but they will also connect you with practitioners in the field. You’ll have the chance to hear from representatives from the Secret Service, DEA, and U.S. Marshals Service.

Practical Experience

Students are not just active listeners, they are also active participants, putting theory to practice. Our students are passionate about what they do and whether it’s through classroom activities or campus clubs and organizations, they are gaining real-world experience as early as their first year.

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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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Learn more about Psychology at the Virtual Day on Campus

Hear from college leadership, faculty, and staff as you learn more about life and learning at Florida Southern College. Academic showcases spanning the breadth of the college's academic offerings will provide you with opportunities to learn more about the Psychology program.

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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

Clubs and More

Through organizations like the student-driven Criminology Club or the nationally recognized criminology honors society Alhpa Phi Sigma, students have the opportunity to engage in community outreach activities that make a difference.

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Program Information


All freshman applicants to Florida Southern College’s full-time degree programs must submit the following information:


Applying to Florida Southern as a transfer student is easy.

If transferring less than 24 credits, we also need your:

  • Official high school transcript
  • SAT and/or ACT scores

In the News

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