Sep 29, 2022
Official Title of Major: Arts and Sciences Transfer - Psychology, A.A.
Award: Associate of Arts degree, A.A.
Total Credit Hours: 60
About the Psychology Program
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.
Students who would like to follow the Psychology pathway and at the same time earn the Gender and Sexuality Studies (certificate) (CRT.GSS.STDS) can do so by taking the following recommended courses within the Psychology Arts and Sciences transfer degree (AA.ARTS-SCI.PSY). 15 credit hours are required for the certificate:
Students who would like to follow the Psychology pathway and at the same time earn the Gender and Sexuality Studies letter of recognition can do so by taking the following recommended courses within the Psychology Arts and Sciences transfer degree (AA.ARTS-SCI.PSY). 9 credit hours are required for the Letter of Recognition:
Planning Tool: Two Year Sequence of Courses
Arts and Sciences Transfer Program Core Course Requirements
The Program Requirements for this degree are simultaneously satisfied by three of the General Education Requirements listed below: (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 ).
Arts and Humanities: 6 credits
Social and Behavioral Sciences: 6 credits
Additional General Education Requirements: 6 credits
Area of Concentration Requirements: 26 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.
All students in associate degree programs must satisfy the Technology Requirement . In many cases, students may satisfy this requirement simultaneously as they satisfy a general education course requirement or with an elective.
Unless they are in a degree that is exempt, all students in associate degree programs must satisfy the Wellness Requirement . In many cases, students may satisfy this requirement simultaneously as they satisfy a general education course requirement or with an elective.
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
1. Explain variation in behavior and mental processes using basic psychological terminology, concepts and theories.
2. Evaluate psychological science and practice using ethical standards.
3. Apply psychological content and skills to career goals.
4. Describe the influences of contextual, biological and sociocultural factors in shaping human thought and behavior.
5. Analyze and articulate psychological factors that influence social issues.
6. Summarize and evaluate general ideas and conclusions from psychological sources.
This program aligns with the college’s core competencies.
Students may wish to also review requirements for the related majors or programs linked below.
Transferring Credits to Maryland Public Four-Year Schools
Maryland public four-year colleges and universities accept a minimum of 60 and as many as 70 credits earned toward an associate degree from a Maryland public community college. Students planning to transfer should consult with an AACC academic and transfer advisor; and are advised to obtain permission from the four-year college or university when planning to transfer credits beyond the minimum degree requirements at AACC. More than 70 credits earned at AACC may be transferred if outlined within an established transfer agreement. Current transfer agreements can be found on the AACC Transfer Partners webpage.
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