May 15, 2021
Title of Major: Arts and Sciences - Psychology, A.A.
Award: Associate of Arts degree, A.A.
Total Credit Hours: 60
Purpose: A degree in psychology is a traditional and well-established major offered at almost all universities across the country. This area of concentration prepares students for continuation to a BS/BA in Psychology. Anne Arundel Community College can readily supply the initial core class requirements for such degrees. In addition, this concentration can prepare students for employment in any number of fields that engage the social sciences. The degree can lead to a variety of professions - from the social sciences to business and beyond. This concentration provides essential content to understand the psychological constructs of human behavior including psychological theories on biological, behavioral, environmental, and cognitive factors that influence human development, human relationships, and sociocultural perspectives. Ultimately, students within this area of concentration will have a comprehensive picture of the opportunities psychology offers as a field of study and a career, and will also come to a greater understanding of themselves and their personal motivations.
Planning Tool: Two Year Sequence of Courses
Arts and Humanities: 6 credits
Biological and Physical Sciences: 7-8 credits
At least one lab science required. See General Education Biological and Physical Sciences Requirements for a list of approved courses.
BIO 101 is recommended, but students should check with their transfer institution.
Computer Technology, Interdisciplinary Studies or Mathematics: 3-4 credits
Social and Behavioral Sciences: 6 credits
Program Requirements: 9 credits
The Program Requirements for this degree are simultaneously satisfied by three of General Education Requirements listed above: (1) the Communications Arts and Humanities general education requirement, (2) the Sophomore Literature Arts and Humanities general education requirement, and (3) one of the History Social and Behavioral Sciences general education requirement courses (HIS 111 or HIS 112 or HIS 211 or HIS 212).
Area of Concentration Requirements: 24-29 credits
Required Courses: 9 credits
Choose one course from the following: 3 credits
Students should check with their transfer institution on the most appropriate course for transfer.
Electives: 12-17 credits
Recommend students check on transfer institution’s requirements. No more than 3 credits of physical activity courses may be used as electives.
Computer Competency Requirement
All students in associate degree programs must demonstrate competence in computing and information technology (a computer competency requirement ). Students may satisfy the computer competency course requirement simultaneously as they satisfy the computer technology general education course or with an elective.
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Communicate complex ideas and information through writing, speaking, presenting, and using technology.
- Locate, organize, and analyze information from multiple sources in order to develop informed, reasoned, and substantiated arguments.
- Explain the value of tradition, innovation, and creativity.
- Apply mathematical skills, critical analysis, and logical thinking to solving problems and interpreting quantitative information.
- Explain behavior and mental processes using basic psychological terminiology, concepts, and theories.
- Summarize general ideas and conclusions from psychological sources accurately.
- Describe how context and sociocultural factors shape conclusions about individual behavior.
- Articulate the skill sets desired by employers who hire or select people with psychology backgrounds.
- Describe how psychology’s content applies to business, health care, educational, and other workplace settings.
This program aligns with the college’s core competencies.
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