The Undergraduate Psychology curriculum is designed to prepare the student for tasks needed in the workplace and/or entry into graduate programs. Psychology majors take courses in introductory psychology as well as courses in career planning, research design and statistics, brain and behavior, social psychology and selected courses from experimental, developmental and individual difference core areas.

The Graduate Psychology curriculum offers a Master of Science in Applied Psychology and a Specialist Degree in School Psychology allowing students to become licensed professional counselors (LPCs) or Nationally Certified School Psychologists.

The M.S. in Applied Psychology, Clinical/Counseling is accredited by the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) for the period of April, 2018 through April, 2020.


The FMU Department of Psychology’s Specialist in School Psychology is approved by NASP.

The FMU Department of Psychology’s Master of Applied Psychology – Applied Behavior Analysis is approved by the BACB (Behavior Analyst Certification Board).



FMU Psychology majors, Griffin Brandt and Andrew Quattro, recently presented original research at the American Psychology-Law Society conference in Memphis, TN. Quattro and Brandt volunteered with research supervised by Drs. Shannon Toney Smith and Teresa Herzog during the 2016-2017 academic year and collected data for the research study they presented. The research investigated triarchic psychopathy traits in relation to adult attachment, impulsivity, and childhood traumatic experiences.

The students were given the opportunity to attend and present research at the conference via a FMU REAL Grant (Ready to Experience Applied Learning) that funded their travel and conference registration fees. While there, Brandt and Quattro attended presentations on cutting edge research and met renowned experts in the forensic psychology realm. Having the additional opportunity to independently present research at a national conference was a distinctive experience afforded to few undergraduate students.

Both students expressed enthusiastic appreciation for this opportunity to learn more about concepts discussed in their Forensic Psychology class and how these constructs are currently being investigated. Quattro is also the 2018 recipient of the L.A. Hoff Psychology Research Award.

FMU is pleased to announce that after our initial review we continue to be a fully “Recognized” program through the National Association of School Psychologists through 2023.  Candidates who graduate from our program while it holds NASP-approved status are automatically eligible for the National Certificate in School Psychology (NCSP), pending the attainment of a passing score on the Praxis II Examination in School Psychology, and documentation of an internship consistent with NASP standards.
A special thank you to all of our graduate students, alumni, supervisors, and school districts for providing this data to ensure the continued success of our program.

Advising for the Fall 2018 term will be March 28th – April 6th.  Please stop by your academic advisor’s office to sign up for an advising appointment before March 28th.

Lab courses will begin on Tuesday, January 9th 2018.


The Department of Psychology, then called the Department of Psychology, Sociology and Philosophy, was one of the original academic departments at the founding of Francis Marion College in 1970. There were no plans to offer graduate education at FMU until community mental health practitioners expressed interest in advanced training; as a result, the Departments of Psychology and Sociology began in 1976 to offer a sequence of five applied courses termed the “Paraprofessional Option.” These programs have grown a great deal since 1976; however, small class sizes, close mentorship, and hands-on training remain a priority. Currently, the Department offers a rigorous undergraduate major in Psychology, as well as graduate degrees in Applied Psychology (Clinical/Counseling), School Psychology and Applied Behavior Analysis.

Francis Marion University Department of Psychology
PO BOX 100547
Florence, SC 29502
Phone: (843) 661-1641