Psychology (A.A.)

Over the last year, 700+ jobs were posted by companies in our region for professionals in this field. The median salary for a mental health counselor is $44,167 per year. (Source: EMSI Career Coach)

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.

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Program Objectives

  1. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the theories in psychology.
  2. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of psychological research geared towards being an informed consumer of social science research.
  3. Use critical thinking skills to make supportable arguments.
  4. Apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.
  5. Recognize basic ethical issues in psychological research settings and applied psychological settings.
  6. Demonstrate professional communication skills through written, oral, and electronic methods.

Requirements & Course Sequence

All course requirements and the recommended sequence of courses for this program can be found through the College’s Online Academic Catalog. Click here to access the catalog for details on our Psychology program.

Program Availability

Psychology is available at the following locations:

Transfer Opportunities

Your ability to start here and earn a bachelor’s degree anywhere makes Penn Highlands the right college choice. Plus, you will save thousands of dollars. Be smart, and get your associate degree with us before transferring on to something greater.

Penn Highlands has signed transfer agreements to continue your studies in Psychology with:

  • Bloomsburg University
  • Cabrini University
  • California University of Pennsylvania
  • Carlow University
  • Cheyney University
  • Clarion University
  • East Stroudsburg University
  • Edinboro University
  • Geneva College
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Kutztown University
  • Lincoln University
  • Lock Haven University
  • Mansfield University
  • Millersville University
  • Mount Aloysius College
  • Saint Francis University
  • Shippensburg University
  • Slippery Rock University
  • University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
  • West Chester University

Ready? Schedule a visit to discuss your future. Transfer options are different based on the college you plan to attend; our team can help you determine the right path for what you are looking for.

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