Jun 15, 2021  
College Catalog 2021-2022 
  
College Catalog 2021-2022

Psychology Option, Arts and Science, A.A.


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CONTACT

Terri Kinstle, 413.552.2469, tkinstle@hcc.edu

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

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.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

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)

PROGRAM ELECTIVES: 9 CREDITS


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

GENERAL ELECTIVES: 3 CREDITS


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

  • General Elective Credit(s): 3

TOTAL: 60-63 CREDITS


NOTES

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.

(H060)

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