Sep 24, 2020  
College Catalog 2019-2020 
College Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychology Option, Arts and Science, A.A.

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Terri Kinstle, 413.552.2469,


The Psychology Option is a transfer curriculum that prepares students for transfer to a four-year college with a major in psychology. The curriculum also benefits individuals who want to pursue professional careers in social work, human services, law enforcement, personnel administration, counseling, etc.

All psychology courses offered each semester address the general education outcomes of HCC. These outcomes currently include:

  • Effective Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Knowledge of Diversity
  • Information Literacy
  • Quantitative Reasoning

Additionally, coursework in psychology also addresses the student learning goals and outcomes developed by the Psychology Department in accordance with the American Psychological Association’s revised guidelines for undergraduate programs in psychology. These department-level student learning goals and outcomes currently include:

  • Knowledge Base in Psychology
  • Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking
  • Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World
  • Communication
  • Professional Development


students can choose any Arts and Science electives, EXCEPT for PSY-designated courses

  • Program Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Program Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Program Elective Credit(s): 3


Sufficient to complete 60 credit graduation requirement; any course listed in the catalog is allowed EXCEPT Psychology courses

  • General Elective Credit(s): 3



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

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

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


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