Psychology Concentration
Course Title Course Number Semester Taken Credits Prerequisites
GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES
College Writing I ENG111 3 ENG095 or placement and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
College Writing II ENG112 3 ENG111
Individual and Society From Area 2 satisfied by program
World View From Area 3-see note* 3
Quantitative Thought MAT181 3 MAT097 or Placement
Science and Technology From Area 5 4
Humanities From Area 6 3
CONCENTRATION COURSES
Principles of Psychology PSY101 3 ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Principles of Sociology SOC101 3 ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Child Psychology or Adolescent & Adult Development PSY209 or PSY224-see note** 3 PSY101*****
Psychology of Personal Adjustment PSY203 3 PSY101*****
Intro to Behavioral Research PSY235 3 PSY101*****
Mathematics Elective 3 MAT097 or placement
Lab Science Elective 4
Social Psychology PSY219 3 PSY101*****
Literature Elective 3 Pre-co/req ENG111
Literature Elective 3 Pre-co/req ENG111
PSY Elective: Choose any 200-level PSY Course 3 PSY101*****
LCS or Elective see note*** 3
Liberal Arts Elective see note**** 3
Liberal Arts Elective see note**** 3
Total Credits 62-63

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Select the career elective from PSY, HSV, or ECE courses. The Department encourages students to take a computer course for one of the three electives.

*Note: A Social Science elective is highly recommended in order to comply with MassTransfer guidelines.
**Note: Human Growth and Development (PSY213) does not satisfy the A.A. Psychology concentration requirements. It is offered only to non-Psychology majors.
***Note: New students enrolled in 9 credits or more must take a Learning Community Seminar within their first year.
****Note: Sequence courses in a foreign language starting at 102 levels are highly recommended as most four-year colleges require intermediate proficiency in a foreign language.

*****Note: PSY101 must be completed with a C or better.

Concentration Overview

The mission of the Behavioral Science Department is to produce students who are critical thinkers, who can examine various propositions, theoretical statements and social assertions they encounter with an analytical eye and a healthy skepticism. Additionally, students gain an understanding of basic research methods and techniques employed by psychologists, sociologists and cultural anthropologists. In addition, we seek to assure that our students are acquainted with the fundamental theoretical foundations of their respective fields of study.

The Psychology concentration prepares students to transfer to four-year colleges or universities for bachelors’ degrees in the behavioral sciences. Graduates of this concentration may qualify to transfer using benefits of MassTransfer to a four-year state college or University of Massachusetts campus. For current information on eligible programs, visit www.mass.edu/masstransfer.

Career Outlook

Graduates of this concentration should plan to transfer to a four-year college or university because entry-level positions in the general field of psychology require a bachelor’s degree. Career positions generally require a master’s degree.

Upon Completion of this Concentration Graduates will be able to:

  • Describe the characteristics of the major psychological theories. 
  • Understand current perspectives regarding the relationship between the mind and body. 
  • Understand the current schools of psychotherapy. 
  • Describe the biological, cognitive, affective, and emotional stages of human development throughout the life span.

 

Students enrolling in this degree program can earn World Studies Emphasis certification simultaneously. See page 173.