Psychology Concentration
Course Title Course Number Semester Taken Credits Prerequisites
College Writing I ENG111 3 ENG095 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
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 or a Learning Community Cluster 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 Department of Behavioral Sciences aspires to develop and foster a passion for lifelong learning and academic excellence.  The department integrates students' diverse backgrounds into the teaching and learning experience, creating a civically engaged community of learners who are able to think critically of current issues in our complex world.  Graduates of the program will carry with them a strong sense of collegiality and responsibility that will help them succeed in their long-term academic, professional and personal goals.

The vision of our department is carried out through our mission of:

  • teaching foundational behavioral science courses that support the general education mission of the college and engage our students in the broad domains and applications of Psychology, Sociology and Cultural Anthropology;
  • offering concentration courses that help our students develop a firm understanding of the various fields within a specific behavioral science discipline;
  • engaging our students in research that allows them to apply critical thinking skills using scientific approaches;
  • supporting our majors as they prepare to transfer to four-year institutions and/or successfully navigate the professional world through the application of the principles, concepts and theories that they have learned from the program;
  • supporting our students to apply what they have learned towards becoming civically engaged and lifelong learners.

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.


  • a basic knowledge and understanding of the different principles and concepts of Psychology (foundational knowledge)
  • the ability to apply learned concepts to the intrapersonal and interpersonal experiences embedded within diverse cultural contexts
  • the ability to evaluate, compare and contrast, critique various theoretical perspectives and complex/debatable and current issues as they relate to the various domains of Psychology
  • the ability to use learned knowledge to actively engage in and produce scientific research.

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