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Online BS in Psychology


Online Bachelor's in Psychology





Understand, love, and help others with a psychology degree

You love people. You love understanding what makes them "tick" - their personalities, their mindset and lifestyle. And you want to help apply that knowledge to make the world a better place. If you've ever thought that you want to "help people," this might be the major for you. A psychology degree uniquely prepares you for a wide array of careers encompassing everything from research to counseling. At SWU, that preparation comes with a holistic approach to the human mind, body, and soul.

What Do Students Enrolled In The Psychology Program Do?

As a psychology major, you will take 100% online courses specifically designed to familiarize you with the key theories and principles in psychology. This process begins as early as your first semester as you take General Psychology for Majors, a course in which you get “hands-on” experience. You will continue honing these skills throughout the program, culminating in a research project your senior year.

In our psychology degree program, students have many opportunities:

  • Getting a diverse liberal arts experience through over 30 hours of elective coursework
  • Internships to gain real-world experience
  • Paid Teaching Assistantships that provide experience in research and course instruction
  • Low student/faculty ratio for one-on-one mentoring in academic and professional development
  • Continue into the Masters of Counseling Psychology program at SWU

Is The Psychology Major Right For You?

If you've ever wondered why people are the way they are, enjoyed research, and/or wanted to help people solve their problems, this could be the major for you. Our program can prepare you for careers or graduate work in counseling, social work, family and child advocacy, or scientific research!


Madison Lewellen - Psychology Major

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Career Preparation

This program opens the door to many career possibilities including:

  • Social work agencies
  • Children's advocacy agencies
  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Social services to at-risk populations
  • Neuroscientist
  • Neuroscience lab assistant

Graduate Experience

Our graduates from this program have been accepted into graduate schools including:

  • Francis Marion University
  • Georgia State University
  • Grand Canyon University
  • University of South Carolina



Admission Requirements for Online Associate and Bachelor Programs

  • Submission of a completed application
  • An official high school transcript if transferring fewer than 15 credit hours from accredited colleges or universities. Minimum high school cumulative grade point average of 2.0.
  • Home school students must provide evidence of membership in an approved home school association and provide an official transcript with a 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale; otherwise, applicant must submit GED scores.
  • Transfer students who have attended other colleges or universities must provide official transcripts from each school attended. Students must have earned a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA for all college work attempted.
  • Submission of all military transcripts, if applicable.
  • International transcripts must be evaluated by an approved agency. American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers can do this evaluation, and National Association of Credential Evaluation Services provides a list of approved agencies. From the NACES list, Southern Wesleyan recommends using World Education Services or Josef Silny.
  • Applicants for whom English is a second language must meet the official TOEFL score of at least 550 (paper test), 213 (computer test), or demonstrate equivalent evidence of proficiency in English, such as an overall band score of 6.0 or higher on the IELTS test.
  • Satisfactory interview with a designated committee or academic division, if required.

Learn more about transfer credits from accredited colleges and universities.

Have questions? We can help. Connect with an admissions representative at 864-644-5550 or  .

Notice of Nondiscrimination

In compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendment of 1972 and with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Southern Wesleyan University does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, sex, or physical handicap in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. The university reserves its right to operate as a church-related institution and to develop policies consistent with the religious tenets of its sponsoring denomination, The Wesleyan Church.

Additional information related to SWU’s non-discrimination policies include:

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Sexual Misconduct Policy (Title IX)

Online Student Graduation

Commencement ceremonies are held on SWU’s campus twice a year in May and December. Online graduates who complete their degree program of study at the conclusion of the summer semester will have their degrees conferred at the December graduation. Letters of completion are available to graduates who wish to confirm to their employers that they have completed their degree program upon request through the Office of Academic Records ( ). We look forward to celebrating with you soon!