Liberal Arts AA – Psychology Option

Code: AA.LA.PSY

The Associate of Arts (AA) in Liberal Arts (LA) with a concentration in Psychology will prepare students for further academic study in Psychology at the junior and senior college levels. Through theoretical and experiential based learning, students will develop basic competencies that include knowledge acquisition, critical thinking, and analytical writing skills, that potentially encompass a wide range of courses. This course variety potentially includes: general topics such as research methods, abnormal behavior, educational and developmental theories and practices, psycho-biological topics, topics in sexuality and gender, health and sports psychologies, and social and cultural psychologies.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
  • Apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
  • Demonstrate critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and use scientific approach to solving problems related to behavior and mental processes.
  • Apply psychological principles to personal, social and organizational issues.
  • Demonstrate effective writing skills and oral communication skills in various formats.
  • Develop an appreciation for sociocultural diversity.
  • Demonstrate insight into their own and others' behavior and mental processes and apply effective strategies for self-management and self-improvement.

Career Pathways

     
     
     

Recommended Semester Sequence

First Semester

  Humanities Elective** 3
MAT  Mathematics Elective*† 3-4
PSY-101General Psychology

3

COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

COM-102Public Speaking

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

Total Credit Hours:15-16

Second Semester

HIS  History Elective* 3
MAT/CIS/INF  Mathematics or Computer Science or Information Technology Elective*† 3-4
  or  
  Free Elective† 3
  Humanities Elective**  
  Diversity Elective‡ 3

SOC-101Sociology

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:18-19

Third Semester

HIS  History Elective* 3
  Humanities Elective** 3
  Natural Science Elective* 4
PSY-102Introduction to Abnormal Psychology

3

PSY-106Developmental Psychology: Lifespan

3

-or

PSY-201Child Psychology

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Fourth Semester

PSY  Psychology Elective 3
  Natural Science Elective* 4
  Humanities Electives*** 6
  Free Electives‡‡ 2-4
Total Credit Hours:15-17

General Education Requirements

Communication

COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

COM-102Public Speaking

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:9

History Electives*

Total Credit Hours:6

Humanities Electives**

Three general education courses selected from the following fields, with no more than two courses in any one field: Arts (Art [ART], Music [MUS], Theatre Arts [THR], Cinema Studies [CIN]); Literature (LIT); Philosophy and Religion (PHR); World Languages and Cultures (LAN).

Total Credit Hours:9

Social Sciences

PSY-101General Psychology

3

SOC-101Sociology

3

Total Credit Hours:6

Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Technology

  Mathematics* 3-4
  Mathematics or Computer Science or Information Technology* 0-3
  Natural Science Electives* 8
Total Credit Hours:12-14

Diversity Elective‡

Total Credit Hours:3

Total Credit Hours: 45-47

Program Requirements

  Psychology Elective 3
  Humanities Electives – two courses to be selected from the following fields: Arts (Art [ART], Music [MUS], Theatre Arts [THR], Cinema Studies [CIN]); History (HIS); Literature (LIT); Philosophy and Religion (PHR); World Languages and Cultures (LAN). 6
PSY-102Introduction to Abnormal Psychology

3

PSY-106Developmental Psychology: Lifespan

3

-or

PSY-201Child Psychology

3

Total Credit Hours: 15

Free Electives‡‡

Total Credit Hours: 2-6

Total Credit Hours: 64-66

Specific Program Notes

*General Education Elective(s).

**General Education Electives in Arts (ART, MUS,THR, CIN); Literature (LIT); Philosophy & Religion (PHR); or World Languages & Cultures (LAN).

***Electives in Arts (ART, MUS,THR, CIN); History (HIS); Literature (LIT); Philosophy & Religion (PHR); or World Languages & Cultures (LAN).

†If a student's first-semester Mathematics elective is a 3-credit course, then s/he is required to select a second 3- or 4-credit elective in the second semester in Mathematics or Computer Science or Information Technology; and if a student's first-semester Mathematics elective is a 4-credit course, then s/he is required to take a 3-credit Free Elective in the second semester (which may be a second Mathematics elective).

General Education Diversity Course Elective. Recommended: PSY-110; PSY-207; SOC-120; SOC-121; SOC-122.

‡‡Recommended: IST-123 Success 101 or another Psychology course.