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Why Study Psychology?

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.

A Closer Look at the Field of Psychology

The field of psychology continues to evolve, which means the training and opportunities to practice psychology are also evolving.

  • As humans live longer, there is a need for psychologists who understand and provide support for the typical aging and developmental processes for older individuals.
  • As schools, social service agencies and medical systems get better at identifying problem behavior and diagnosing specific disorders among our youth, there is an increased need for trained psychologists who can effectively meet the critical and, often, ongoing psychological needs of children and adolescents.
  • As there is sustained ethnic conflict and warfare around the world, there is a need for trained psychologists who can provide critical psychological support to military veterans returning from combat zones. These veterans need support for post-traumatic stress disorder, physical and psychological rehabilitation, adjusting to civilian life, etc.
  • As countries around the world experience and respond to major financial crises (i.e., economic recessions), there is greater and greater emphasis placed on responsible use of limited financial resources to support our most vulnerable citizens. There is a need for trained psychologists to evaluate the effectiveness of government and foundation funded programs designed to improve the quality of life for children and families. Many of these programs are designed to improve quality of life by improving the cognitive, behavioral and emotional functioning of these individuals. Accordingly, such evaluations are best done by trained psychologists who understand psychological functioning and normative developmental processes.

As you can see, there is a great and ever-evolving need for well-trained psychologists, and Community College of Philadelphia’s Psychology program is a great place to get started.

Why Community College of Philadelphia’s Psychology Program Is the Smart Choice

Earning an associate’s degree in Psychology from Community College of Philadelphia is a great way to lay the foundation for your continued studies. We have high-quality faculty whose primary focus is teaching.

  • We offer smaller class sizes and individualized support…no big lecture halls.
  • For those who plan to continue their educations after Community College of Philadelphia, we have qualitative and experimental research experiences integrated into our curriculum, so you will be well prepared to work on and make meaningful contributions to faculty research projects at 4-year colleges.
  • For those who are balancing family and full-time work:
    • We offer psychology courses at our Regional Centers in Northeast, Northwest and West Philadelphia.
    • Our students can complete the required courses for our Psychology degree entirely online.

Many of our students go on to earn bachelor’s degrees from local universities, including Temple University, Chestnut Hill College, Arcadia University, La Salle University, Holy Family University, University of Pennsylvania, Bryn Mawr College, Haverford College and Swarthmore College.

We also have transfer agreements with 14 state schools including West Chester University and Kutztown University. That means that once you’ve completed the requirements for our associate’s degree in Psychology, you will be accepted as a junior at any of these 14 state schools in Pennsylvania with whom we have a transfer agreement.

About Our Faculty

Professional. Casual. Approachable. These words describe the faculty of Community College of Philadelphia’s Department of Psychology. Having come from diverse beginnings, we represent multiple perspectives in both our life experiences and our academic training. In fact, it is the diversity of our experiences and the ways we think that allow us relate to and introduce new perspectives to our diverse student population. Some of us were the first in our families to earn college degrees. We were raised in urban, suburban and rural settings. Some of us have lived in other countries, or have studied abroad, and are particularly attuned to the influences of culture on thinking, perceptions, use of language, behavior and development.

Our faculty are trained in the fields of clinical psychology, cognition and development, counseling psychology, experimental psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, social psychology. Some of us have clinical experience conducting psychological evaluations and providing therapy to clients. Others of us have research experience in areas as diverse as adult learning, Alzheimer’s and it’s effects on psychological functioning, the cognitive effects of experience with violence, “snitching” and “sexting” as well as evaluations of behavioral health interventions.

We welcome you to further explore our Psychology program.


View the College Catalog for More Information

Degree Options

Associate in Arts, and transfer to a four-year college

Career Options

  • Psychologist
  • School and career counselor
  • Sociologist
  • Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselor
  • Mental health counselor and marriage and family therapist
  • Anthropologist and archeologist
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