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2022-2023 Catalog

Psychology - Arts and Sciences Transfer (A.A.)


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Official Title of Major: Arts and Sciences Transfer - Psychology, A.A.

Award: Associate of Arts degree, A.A.

Code: AA.ARTS-SCI.PSY

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: 

Graduation Requirements


See Academic Regulations for college-wide Graduation Requirements .

Honors Program Courses


If you qualify for the Honors Program, you may take honors versions  of some courses (such as ENG 101H , ENG 102H , etc.).

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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 ).

General Education Requirements: 34 credits


An approved list of general education courses can be found in the General Education and Diversity, Technology and Wellness Requirements  section of the catalog.

English: 6 credits


Arts and Humanities: 6 credits


Biological and Physical Sciences: 7 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.

Mathematics: 3 credits


Social and Behavioral Sciences: 6 credits


Additional General Education Requirements: 6 credits


Area of Concentration Requirements: 26 credits


Choose one course from the following: 3 credits


Students should check with their transfer institution on the most appropriate course for transfer.

Electives: 14 credits


Recommend students check transfer institution’s requirements. No more than 3 credits of physical activity courses may be used as electives.

Students seeking the Gender and Sexuality Studies (certificate)  and/or Gender and Sexuality Studies letter of recognition  may wish to choose electives from the GSS area.

Diversity Requirement


PSY 211  or PSY 214  meet this requirement.

Technology Requirement


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. 

Wellness Requirement


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.

Program Outcomes


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.

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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