Dec 01, 2023  
College Catalog 2023-2024 
College Catalog 2023-2024

Psychology Option, Arts and Science, A.A.

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Michelle Williams, 413.552.2334,


The Psychology Option is designed to prepare students to transfer and achieve academic success at four-year colleges and universities.  The program addresses the student learning goals and outcomes developed by the Psychology Department in accordance with the American Psychological Association’s current guidelines for undergraduate programs in psychology.


Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and empirical findings to discuss how psychological principles apply to behavioral problems (APA Goal 1: Knowledge Base in Psychology)
  • demonstrate scientific reasoning and problem solving, including effective research methods (APA Goal 2: Scientific Reasoning and Critical Thinking)
  • demonstrate ethically and socially responsible behaviors for personal and professional settings in an increasingly diverse world (APA Goal 3: Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World)
  • demonstrate competence in written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills (APA Goal 4: Communication)
  • apply psychology-specific content and skills, effective self-reflection, project management skills, and teamwork skills in order to succeed in academic settings (in preparation for graduate education and professional settings) (APA Goal 5: Professional Development)


must be an Arts and Science-designated course; it is suggested that students choose courses other than PSY-designated courses to meet this requirement


Sufficient to complete 60 credit graduation requirement; any course listed in the catalog is allowed; it is suggested that students choose non PSY-designated courses



1Student must take a minimum of 6 credits and a maximum of 9 credits from these two categories

Only 6 non-Arts and Science credits may be taken towards an A.A. degree.

Program Requirements: It is recommended that students do not take more psychology courses than required by the psychology program. Most four-year colleges and universities limit the number of psychology course credits accepted from institutions prior to transfer in order to ensure that students complete a sufficient number of psychology credits after transfer.

Students transferring to UMASS Amherst should note The College of Natural Science foreign language requirement:

  • Satisfactory completion in high school or college of either a fourth-level foreign language course, or of a third-level course in one language and a second-level course in another language.

This program qualifies for MassTransfer, which guarantees credit transfer to Massachusetts state colleges and universities. MassTransfer will also grant students automatic acceptance to certain state colleges and universities by achieving the minimum grade point average and the HCC degree.

Depending on course selection, 80% of this program can be completed online.  Go to Online Learning  for more information.


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