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Psychology is an excellent liberal arts major that allows you to explore and better understand the mind, how it functions and how it is influenced by biological, social, cultural and economic factors. Yet, there is also a practical advantage to studying psychology. Our students often report that they better understand themselves, and their relationships and other life experiences. Psychology is at play in practically every experience of our lives. It has been studied by individuals who have made their mark in a variety of fields within and beyond psychology including law, medicine and the arts.

For students who plan to pursue careers in psychology, earning an associates’ degree in Psychology from Community College of Philadelphia will allow you to establish and continue your necessary academic preparation beyond the associate’s degree. In order to practice psychology, you will need to have earned at least a Master’s degree and, in many cases, a Ph.D. or Psy.D.

Student Learning Outcomes:

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

  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of psychology's major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends.
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the principles of research design and an ability to apply them.
  • Demonstrate the ability to think critically about statements concerning mental processes and behavior.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ways psychology is applied in the realms of work, personal life, education and other real-world situations.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the career choices open to psychology students.

Program Entry Requirements:

Students are typically required to take the College's placement tests at their time of entry. Students identified as needing developmental course work must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English and mathematics courses as a part of their degree program.

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:

To qualify for the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree in Psychology, a student must complete a minimum of 61 credit hours as prescribed and attain a grade point average of 2.0 ("C" average).

Psychology Course Sequence

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.

First Semester

ENGL 101 - English Composition I   3 ENGL 101
Math 151 - Linear Mathematics (or higher) FNMT 118 or MATH 118 with a "C" or better or Math 161 placement 3 Mathematics
CIS 103 - Applied Computer Technology   3 Tech Comp
PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology   3 Social Sciences
SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology or ANTH 112 - Cultural Anthropology   3 Interpretive Studies

Second Semester

ENGL 102 - The Research Paper ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better 3 ENGL 102 & Info Lit
PSYC 167 - Foundations of Statistical Methods for Social and Behavioral Sciences FNMT 118 or MATH 118 or Math 161 placement 3  
Humanities Elective   3 Humanities
PSYC 110 - Descriptive Research Methods in Psychology   3  
Lab Science: Biology recommended   4 Natural/Lab Science

Third Semester

Humanities Elective   3  
PSYC 205 - Psychopathology/Abnormal Psychology PSYC 101 3 Writing Intensive
Science: Biology recommended   3/4  
PSYC 210 - Experimental Research Methods in Psychology ENGL 101 PSYC 101, PSYC 110, PSYC 167 3  
PSYC 215 - Developmental Psychology PSYC 101 or BIOL 109 3 Amer/Global Diversity

Fourth Semester

Psychology Elective PSYC 101 3  
General Elective   3  
General Elective   3  
General Elective   3  
General Elective   3  

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate: 61

General Education Requirements:

All General Education requirements are met through required courses as indicated above. View the courses that fulfill all degree requirements and receive a more detailed explanation of the College's general education requirements to help in your selection.

For More Information Contact:

The Division of Liberal Studies Room BR-21, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8451; or the College Information Center (215) 751 8010.