Dec 06, 2022  
Fall 2022 - Summer 2023 Academic Catalog 
    
Fall 2022 - Summer 2023 Academic Catalog

Liberal Arts and Sciences/Social Sciences A.A. – Psychology Concentration


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School: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Academic Dept: Social Sciences
HEGIS: 5649
 

Important Note about Program Requirements

The requirements listed below are for students entering into this program from Fall 2022 to Summer 2023. Students who entered the program during a prior semester will find their specific requirements listed in the Catalog under which they entered. Archived Catalogs are accessible through the dropdown menu above.

Program Description


Students enrolled in this program have an excellent opportunity to explore the various social and behavioral sciences while completing requirements in other academic areas such as the humanities, mathematics, and biological and physical sciences.

The Social Science curriculum with concentration in Psychology is an excellent transfer program that provides the opportunity for the completion of the first two years of study in Psychology and also parallels the first two years of most baccalaureate liberal arts programs. Most graduates are able to transfer with sufficient credits to complete their bachelor’s degree in two additional years of full-time study.

The Social Science curriculum is an excellent starting point for students interested in careers in teaching (elementary, secondary, and college), pre-professional programs (such as law and medicine), business, government, social work, non-profit organizations, and international agencies.

Program Learning Outcomes


Students in this program will: 

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of key concepts and fundamental theoretical principles in at least 3 different social science disciplines, as well as the similarities and differences across disciplines.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of research methods used widely in the social sciences.
  3. Gain a broad liberal education in the social sciences, giving them a broad foundation for later life, flexibility in transferring to baccalaureate programs, and a foundation for job opportunities.
  4. Demonstrate an ability to think critically and apply logical reasoning to practical problems and issues using concepts from the disciplines studied. This will be done through problem solving and research scenarios.
  5. Demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively – orally and in writing – both individually and in group settings. They will be able to express and explain the “great” ideas in each discipline they have studied. They will be able to discuss and debate different points of view within their disciplines.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the historical context of their current lives and of the development of the disciplines studied.
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of the contemporary world and develop a sense of their place in a global setting. They will develop an appreciation for the range of human experiences in the world.

Program Map


The academic map below presents the recommended plan of study and will guide you through your program in a timely manner. Click the course abbreviations for full course descriptions. A course may be critical because it is a pre-requisite, requires a minimum grade, or because it is only offered once a year. Missing a critical course may push back your graduation date. Meet with an Academic Counselor or Faculty Advisor to ensure you are on track to complete your program.

Critical Courses should be taken in the order shown to stay on track and graduate on time.

 

 Semester 1

Course
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Critical Course Pre-reqs or Co-reqs Credits Notes
ENG 101   3  
PSYCH 101   3  
Social Science Gen Ed Elective     3
Natural Science or Math Gen Ed Elective     3 - 4
Americal History or Western Civilization Gen Ed Elective        3  
Semester Total Credits     15 - 16  

Notes:

✹ Students are required to take one (1) general education class in Anthropology, Economics, Geography, or Political Science.

Semester 2

Course
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Critical Course Pre-reqs or Co-reqs Credits Notes
ENG 102    3  
BIOL 101     4  
Psychology Elective   3
LAS Social Science Elective       3  
LAS Social Science Elective       3  
Semester Total Credits     16  

Notes:

✹ Choose one: PSYCH 103 , PSYCH 107 , PSYCH 109 , PSYCH 114 , PSYCH 116 , PSYCH 201  

Semester 3

Course
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Critical Course Pre-reqs or Co-reqs Credits Notes
MATH Gen Ed Elective    3 - 4  
Communications Elective     3
Psychology Elective   3 ✹✹
Psychology Elective   3 ✹✹
Other World Civilization Gen Ed Elective        3  
Semester Total Credits     15 - 16  

Notes:

✹ Choose one:  COMM 109 , COMM 109H , COMM 110 , COMM 111  

✹✹ Choose one:  PSYCH 103 , PSYCH 107 , PSYCH 109 , PSYCH 114 , PSYCH 116 , PSYCH 201  

Semester 4

Course
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Critical Course Pre-reqs or Co-reqs Credits Notes
LAS Humanities Elective       3  
LAS Humanities Elective       3  
English or Communications Elective       3  

Free Elective

    3
Additional Free Elective     2 - 3  
Semester Total Credits     15  

Notes:

✹ Required if student does not have 60 credits

Minimum Total Credits: 60 - 63

Transfer Opportunities


Westchester Community College is committed to facilitating a smooth transfer process to ensure that graduates of the college are prepared to transfer with junior status, and are able to complete a bachelor’s degree within two years of full-time study upon transfer. View 4-year institutions’ transfer agreement information by program here.

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