Arts & Sciences Transfer - Psychology Concentration
The Associate of Arts
Degree in Psychology is designed for students planning to transfer to
baccalaureate colleges and universities. This program option meets transfer
requirements of our surrounding local four-year Institutions for the Bachelor
Degree in Psychology. Psychology is a behavioral science that emphasizes the
understanding of behavior (feelings, actions, and thoughts) of individuals. It
should be noted that psychology typically focuses on the study of humans though
psychologists have interests in other species.
Psychology as a science is most
closely related to the biological sciences, although its application often
involves personal and/or cultural philosophical beliefs or values. Students who
major in psychology are expected to be able to think critically and
scientifically about behavior, and be able to apply the principles of
psychology to the understanding of behavior.
Third, transfer credit varies
therefore, students who plan to transfer to a four year college or university
and earn a bachelor’s degree in this discipline should consult with an advisor
to determine the specific college/university to which they plan to transfer to
and to select courses that will meet the requirements for both the associate
and baccalaureate degree programs. Transfer students may still earn an
Associate of Arts degree in Psychology while preparing to transfer to a four
year college or university.
AA in Psychology is designed as a transfer degree leading to the BA and
MA. However, it is possible for a student to find a position in most
entry-level professions that deal with counseling, human resources, and similar
career options directly related to psychology require graduate level degrees.
However, there are several applied and paraprofessional occupations that may
not require education beyond the associate degree.
For example, staff member at
Group Homes, staff member at addictions centers, and Mediations, Crisis hotline,
staff member in a residential treatment centers for children and adults.
The following is a sample of the
many career options available with preparation in this major beyond the
associate degree: advertising researcher, clinical psychologist, community
college instructor, school counselor, counseling psychologist, drug abuse
counselor, employment counselor, engineering psychologist, industrial psychologist,
manager, marriage and family counselor, mental health worker, organizational
psychologist, personnel analyst, probation officer, psychometrics, and research
The ability to listen attentively, relate to people across a wide spectrum,
and to communicate effectively. Be a decision-Maker in helping others manage
multiple tasks. Enjoy helping others improve their situation. Be compassionate and not be judgmental. Must have patience, not all problems
can be solved quickly. Be trustworthy in keeping private
and personal moments confidential.
Finally, you must have a sense of ethics. You
are dealing with
sensitive information. The American Psychological Association has developed a
rigorous ethics code and code of conduct all psychologists must follow. In
order to be successful, a professional must be willing to adhere to these