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, 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.

Program Learning Outcomes:

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

  • Describe psychology’s major concepts and theoretical perspectives
  • Effectively apply good research design principles
  • Use critical thinking skills in evaluating psychological research, theory and practice
  • Describe the ethical issues to be considered in psychological research and practice
  • Distinguish the multiple influences on human diversity as reflected in psychological functioning, behavior and developmental outcomes
  • Effectively communicate concepts and theories related to psychology in different modalities
  • Demonstrate psychology-related skills that contribute to effective functioning in personal and professional settings

Program Entry Requirements:

Students are required to satisfy placement at the time of admission. 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).

Course Sequence:

Semester 1

Course Number and NamePrerequisites and CorequisitesCreditsGen Ed Req.
PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology or
PSYC 101H - 101H Introduction to Psychology (Honors)
 3 creditsCultural Analysis and Interpretation
ENGL 101 - English Composition I or
ENGL 101H - English Composition I (Honors)
 3 creditsWriting/Research/Info Lit 1
CIS 103 - Introduction to Information Technology 3 creditsTechnological Competency
MATH 150 - Introductory Data Analysis (or higher)FNMT 017 or FNMT 019 completed or placement in FNMT 118 or higher3 creditsQuantitative Reasoning
SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology or
SOC 101H - Introduction to Sociology (Honors) or
ANTH 112 - Cultural Anthropology 
 3 credits 

Semester 2

Course Number and NamePrerequisites and CorequisitesCreditsGen Ed Req.
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper or
ENGL 102H - The Research Paper (Honors)
ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better3 creditsWriting/Research/Info Lit 2
PSYC 205 - Psychopathology/Abnormal PsychologyPSYC 1013 credits 
BIOL 106 - General Biology I or
Lab Science Elective
 4 creditsScientific Reasoning
PSYC 110 - Descriptive Research Methods in Psychology 3 credits 

PSYC 201 - Child Psychology or 
PSYC 209 - Adolescent Psychology or 
PSYC 211 - Personality Theory

 PSYC 1013 credits 

Semester 3

Course Number and NamePrerequisites and CorequisitesCreditsGen Ed Req.
PSYC 167 - Foundations of Statistical Methods for Social and Behavioral SciencesMATH 1503 credits 
PSYC 215 - Developmental Psychology or
PSYC 215H - Developmental Psychology (Honors) 
PSYC 101 or BIOL 1093 credits 
AH 116 - Therapeutic Communication or
any course that meets the Oral Communication/Creative Expression requirement.*
 3 creditsOral Communication/Creative Expression
General Elective** 3 credits 
BIOL 107 – General Biology II or
Science Elective
 For BIOL 107: BIOL 106 with a grade of "C" or better3 or 4 credits 

Semester 4


Course Number and NamePrerequisites and CorequisitesCreditsGen Ed Req.
PSYC 220 - Cross-Cultural Psychology or
PSYC 221 - Social Psychology
PSYC 222 - Forensic Psychology
For PSYC 220: PSYC 101 and ENGL 101, with a grade of "C" or better
For PSYC 221: PSYC 101
For PSYC 222: PSYC 101 or JUS 101 and ENGL 101
3 credits 
PSYC 202 - Human Sexuality or
PSYC 230 - Cognitive Psychology or
PSYC 232 - Biological Foundation of Behavior
For PSYC 230:  ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better and PSYC 101.
For  PSYC 232: ENGL 101 and PSYC 101
3 credits  
PSYC 210 - Experimental Research Methods in PsychologyENGL 101PSYC 101PSYC 110PSYC 1673 credits 
General Elective 3 credits 
PHIL/RS 151 – World Religions or
Humanities Elective*** 
 3 credits 

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate:


General Education Requirements:

All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College's general education requirements is also available.

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.