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Courses & Programs

Terri Kinstle

Chair, Psychology

Social Sciences Integrative Learning

Donahue 249

413.552.2469 (Tel)

Michelle Williams

Program Coordinator, Psychology

Social Sciences Integrative Learning

Donahue 255

413.552.2334 (Tel)

Psychology

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Are you interested in understanding why people think, feel, and act the way they do? While earning an A.A. Degree in the Psychology Option at HCC, you'll explore the complexities of human behavior from a scientific standpoint. The ideas, principles, and theories you learn as a psychology major will serve you in all areas of life.

Many HCC psychology students continue their college journey by working toward a Bachelor's degree and, perhaps, an advanced graduate degree. The psychology option is designed to prepare students to transfer and achieve academic success at four-year colleges and universities. 

In HCC's psychology program, you'll develop:

  • A knowledge base in psychology
  • Scientific inquiry & critical thinking skills
  • Ethical & social responsibility in a diverse world
  • Communication skills
  • Professional skills

psychology degree


NANCY HUTNER, Ph.D. (Psychology)
Courses: Introduction to Psychology, Child Psychology  

TERRI KINSTLE, Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology)
Courses: Research Methods for Psychology, Information Literacy in Psychology, Forensic Psychology

JASON MAURICE, Ph.D. (Social Psychology)
Courses: Introduction to Psychology, Statistics for Psychology, Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology  

JANE VECCHIO, M.A. (Clinical Psychology)
Courses: Introduction to Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Essential Counseling Skills, Personality            

MICHELLE WILLIAMS, Ph.D. (Quantitative Psychology)
Courses: Statistics for Psychology, Information Literacy in Psychology, Health Psychology

HCC's psychology department works to provide a comprehensive and academically sound background in psychology that is adapted to the needs of the community and a diverse population of students. The psychology program prepares students to transfer and achieve academic success at four-year schools. The department has developed a broad range of courses, all of which are consistent with the interests and expertise of our faculty members and the needs of our students. The department offers and utilizes an array of learning experiences (e.g., LC courses, individual and group research projects, field trips, service learning), support services, and campus facilities (e.g., computer labs and software).

THE PSYCHOLOGY CLUB

The Psychology Club's goal is to help club members develop leadership and communication skills while expanding their knowledge and understanding of psychology topics and career opportunities. Club members will participate in topic discussion and analysis, organizing events, and doing community service. The Psychology Club is to anyone (majors and non-majors) with an interest in psychology.  

Faculty advisor: Professor Jason Maurice  

PSI BETA

Psi Beta is a national honors society in psychology for community colleges. Psi Beta is affiliated with the American Psychological Association (APA), the American Psychological Society (APS), and is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies. Students majoring in Psychology are invited to join Psi Beta when they have shown evidence of excellence in psychology in four ways. First, students must have completed at least three courses in psychology at HCC, with a minimum grade of B. Second, students must achieve an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher. Third, students must demonstrate a genuine interest in psychology and high standards in personal behaviors. Finally, students must be endorsed for induction by at least one member of the HCC psychology faculty.

Faculty advisor: Professor Michelle Williams


The purpose of psychology is to give us a completely different idea of the things we know best."

Paul Valéry

Terri Kinstle

Chair, Psychology

Social Sciences Integrative Learning

Donahue 249

413.552.2469 (Tel)

Michelle Williams

Program Coordinator, Psychology

Social Sciences Integrative Learning

Donahue 255

413.552.2334 (Tel)