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Psychology is a fascinating, interdisciplinary field that influences every aspect of our existence. Psychology blends medicine and philosophy to address the needs of the whole person. Following the Christian liberal arts tradition at Erskine, the psychology department seeks to better understand God’s creation through our studies.

The Psychology department requires all its majors to develop and perform their own independent research project and present it at a national meeting. Many of our undergraduates are able to publish their work in international, peer-reviewed journals.

Most of our graduates go on to Ph.D. programs in different areas of psychology, such as Clinical Psychology and Counseling, Sports Psychology, or Developmental and School Psychology. Erskine is proud to produce some of the highest acceptance rates in the country to all forms of graduate programs.

Graduates with a degree in psychology also often go into medicine, law, business, teaching, social work, ministry, and law enforcement.


Robert J.F. Elsner

Professor of Psychology

Professor of Psychology B.A., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; M.S., M.Ed., Ph.D., University of Georgia; M.A.P.M., Erskine Theological Seminary


Stephen B. Sniteman

Professor of Sociology

Professor of Sociology B.A., East Carolina University; M.S., Troy State University; Ph.D., Utah State University


Briana Van Scoy

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Assistant Professor of Psychology B.A., Grove City College; M.A., Ph.D., Fuller Graduate School of Psychology

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