Courses & Programs

Psychology

The Psychology Option is a transfer curriculum that prepares students for transfer to a four-year college with a major in psychology.

Terri Kinstle

Chair, Psychology

Social Sciences

Fine and Performing Arts 222

413.552.2469 (Tel)


What will you learn?

The Psychology Option is a transfer curriculum that prepares students for transfer to a four-year college with a major in psychology. The curriculum also benefits individuals who want to pursue professional careers in social work, human services, law enforcement, personnel administration, counseling, etc.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

All psychology courses offered each semester address the general education outcomes of HCC.  These outcomes currently include:

  • Effective Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Knowledge of Diversity
  • Information Literacy
  • Quantitative Reasoning

Additionally, coursework in psychology also addresses the student learning goals and outcomes developed by the Psychology Department in accordance with the American Psychological Association's revised guidelines for undergraduate programs in psychology.  These department-level student learning goals and outcomes currently include:

  • Knowledge Base in Psychology
  • Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking
  • Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World
  • Communication
  • Professional Development

What will you do?

Continue your education at a four-year college or university, or enter the workforce! Careers in psychology include:

  • Direct Care
  • Research
  • Education
  • Administration
  • Human Resources

Learn more at HCC's Advising, Career & Transfer Center and at What Can I Do With This Major?

61 total credits

36 credits General Education Requirements + 10-13 credits Program Requirements

Depending on course selection, 80% of this program can be completed online.


General Education Requirements

36 CREDITS

Program Requirements

10-13 CREDITS

12-15 CREDITS OF ELECTIVES


Students can choose any Arts and Science electives, EXCEPT for Psychology courses.

A&S  XX1  |  Arts and Science Elective
Credits: 3

A&S  XX1  |   Arts and Science Elective
Credits: 3

A&S  XX1  |   Arts and Science Elective
Credits: 3

Six credits needed to complete 61 credit graduation requirement. Choose any in the HCC catalog EXCEPT Psychology courses. 

General Elective
Credits: 1-3

General Elective
Credits: 1-3


Only six non-Arts and Science credits may be taken towards an A.A. degree.

This program qualifies for Mass Transfer, which guarantees credit transfer to Massachusetts state colleges and universities.  Mass Transfer also will grant students automatic acceptance to certain state colleges and universities by achieving the minimum grade point average and the HCC degree.

Program Requirements: It is recommended that students do not take more psychology courses than required by the psychology program. Most four-year colleges and universities limit the number of psychology course credits accepted from institutions prior to transfer in order to ensure that students complete a sufficient number of psychology credits after transfer.

Students transferring to the University of Massachusetts, please note The College of Natural Science foreign language requirement: Satisfactory completion in high school or college of either a fourth-level foreign language course, or of a third-level course in one language and a second-level course in another language.