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2017-2018 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychology, A.A. (053.4) ♦


Allegheny, Boyce, North, South
Associate of Arts

This program prepares the student for transfer to a four-year institution with a broad college background and significant coursework in psychology and the disciplines that support it.

Graduates work for a Bachelor’s degree or advanced degree in Psychology or related fields. The program also provides a strong and diverse preparation in the liberal arts and sciences for those desiring a broad educational background for transfer to a variety of programs at four-year institutions.

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:

  1. Describe and explain the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends in psychology.
  2. Explain and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis and interpretation.
  3. Use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.
  4. List and apply psychological principles to personal, social and organization issues.
  5. Weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically and reflect other values that are the underpinning of psychology as a discipline.

First Semester


Total: 15–17 credits


Second Semester


Total: 16 credits


Third Semester


Total: 13–14 credits


Fourth Semester


Total: 16 credits


Minimum Credits to Graduate: 60–63


The following list of courses and electives are required for the PA Statewide Articulation Agreement in Psychology. Students intending to transfer to a PA Trac college or university should consult a transfer counselor early in their program.

Computer and Information Technology Elective


Science Course


Psychology Life Span/ Developmental Elective


(choose one course)

Philosophy Elective


Science Elective


Students should select lab courses from Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Astronomy.

Restricted Elective


Students should select from the following: Art, Dance, Foreign Language, Geography, Health and Physical Education, Literature, Music or Theatre.

Transfer Opportunities


The keystone icon indicates that this particular CCAC program is a Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Center (TAOC) approved Associate Degree program. All credits earned in this program are accepted by any state system college in Pennsylvania that offers a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, including California University of PA, Carlow University, Clarion University, Edinboro University, Indiana University of PA, and Slippery Rock University.

Other articulation agreements are available for students to complete the Associate Degree and transfer to Argosy University, Grand Canyon University, La Roche College, Point Park University, PSU Commonwealth Campuses, Robert Morris University and Westminster College. It is important that students consult with a counselor early in their program to develop a course plan most appropriate for the school to which they intend to transfer. See www.ccac.edu/articulation for details.