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Psychology (A.A.)

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Do you constantly find yourself asking “why” or “how”? If so, you have something in common with ancient Greek philosophers like Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and Homer. All asked questions about life and the mind. What is the relationship between mind and body? How do we know if the world is really what we think it is?

Today's psychologists study many fascinating questions. Why is learning a language as an infant easier than as a teenager? What are the roots of violence? What is the best way to help someone with an eating disorder?

Psychology is defined as the science of mental processes and behavior. With a degree in Psychology, you learn all about the mind and more, including theories of development, learning, cognition, and behavior!

Our Psychology degree is an Associate of Arts, meaning it is designed to help any student easily transfer his or her associate degree credits from Penn Highlands to any bachelor’s degree in Psychology or a related field at a four-year institution. Be confident in knowing that a degree from Penn Highlands will give you the foundation necessary to succeed in a psychology-related field.

Program Objectives

  1. Effectively design a plan for successful transfer to their chosen four-year major and will be able to make an informed decision in order to choose a proper career path.
  2. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the theories in psychology.
  3. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of psychological research geared towards being an informed consumer of social science research.
  4. Use critical thinking skills to make supportable arguments.
  5. Apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.
  6. Recognize basic ethical issues in psychological research settings and applied psychological settings.
  7. Demonstrate professional communication skills through written, oral and electronic methods.

Career Opportunities

This program is designed for transfer to a four-year institution.

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Semester I

  • FYE 100 - First Year Experience
  • TRN 115 - Introduction to Transfer
  • ENG 110 - English Composition I
  • CIT 100 - Microcomputer Applications
  • MAT 145 - College Algebra
  • PSY 100 - General Psychology

Semester II

  • ENG 200 - English Composition II: Studies in Literature
  • MAT 200 - Probability and Statistics
  • PHI 200 - Introduction to Ethics
  • PSY 130 - Human Development Across the Lifespan
  • Elective - Choose either ART 101, PHI 110, or MUS 100

Semester III

  • HUS 202 - Introduction to Research
  • PSY 200 - Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY 220 - Introduction to Counseling
  • SOC 100 - Introduction to Sociology
  • BIO 104 - Principles of Biology I Lecture
  • BIO 114 - Principles of Biology I Lab

Semester IV

  • BIO 106 - Principles of Biology II Lecture
  • BIO 116 - Principles of Biology II Lab
  • COM 101 - Public Speaking
  • PSY 210 - Psychology of Aging
  • SOC 200 - Contemporary Social Issues
  • Elective - Any PSY, HUS, SOC, ANT or CRJ

Minimum credits to earn A.A. degree: 61

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