Liberal Arts AA – Psychology Option

Code: AA.LA.PSY

The Psychology option 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. This option 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 the 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.

Recommended Semester Sequence

First Semester

  Free Elective - Recommended: IST-123 3
COM Communication Elective: Choose COM-100 or COM-102  3
MAT  Mathematics Elective - Recommended: MAT-150 3
PSY-101General Psychology

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Second Semester

HIS  History Elective 3
  Humanities Elective 3
  Social Science Elective - Recommended: SOC-101  3
WRT-201English Composition II

3

INF-102Introduction to Computing

1

Total Credit Hours:13

Third Semester

HIS  History Elective 3
  Humanities Elective 3
  Natural Science Elective 4
PSY  PSY-106, PSY-201, or PSY-202   3
PSY-102Introduction to Abnormal Psychology

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Fourth Semester


Diversity Elective -
Recommended: PSY-110, PSY-123, PSY-207, PSY-210
3
  Natural Science Elective 4
  Humanities Elective 3
  Social Science Electives - Recommended: ANT-101 3
  Free Elective - Recommended: PHR-103 3
Total Credit Hours:16

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: 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

Two general education courses selected from the following fields, with no more than one course in any one field: Arts Economics(ECO),  Political Science(POL), Psychology (PSY), Sociology(SOC), Anthropology(ANT).


Total Credit Hours:6

Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Technology

  Mathematics: One 4-cr Mathematics or [One 3 cr Math + One 1-cr INF] 4
  Two general education courses selected from the following fields:
BIO, CHM, PHY
8
Total Credit Hours:12

Diversity Elective

Recommended: PSY-110, PSY-123, PSY-207, PSY-210

Total Credit Hours:3

Total Credit Hours: 45

Program Requirements

PSY  Choose one: PSY-106, PSY-201, or PSY-202 3
PSY-101General Psychology

3

PSY-102Introduction to Abnormal Psychology

3

Total Credit Hours:9

Free Electives

Total Credit Hours:6

Total Credit Hours: 15

Total Credit Hours: 60

Specific Program Notes

Students are encouraged to take their courses in semester sequence order.

Please note that required courses may have prerequisites. Click on each course to view details.

*General Education Elective(s).

IST-123 will fulfill 3 Free Electives for students who place into the course