Are you fascinated by the science of behavior? If so, you’re not alone. Discussion on how the brain works, how we relate to one another and the idea of consciousness are some of the most important ideas discussed in the media today. Anne Arundel Community College’s Psychology program will help you explore all these topics and more. You’ll work with professors who are nationally known for their expertise, both in the classroom and in the field, for specialties such as online instruction and student satisfaction, psychotherapy, school psychology, and student assessment and success. When you finish your degree, you will be well prepared to transfer to a four-year college or university.
The Psychology department is proud to offer the following Associate of Arts (A.A.) in this area of study. As an additional transfer option, AACC has the unique Transfer Studies degree. Both degrees will prepare you to transfer to a four-year institution. Whichever path you choose, we strongly encourage you to meet with an advisor to structure your AACC studies to meet your specific transfer goals.
You’ll choose among multiple psychology offerings according to your interests, including foundational courses such as developmental psychology, personality psychology and abnormal psychology. You’ll also take the general education courses necessary to prepare you to transfer to a four-year program.
The Transfer Studies, A.A. allows you to explore different subjects or concentrate on a specific course plan that will best meet your in-state (and even some out-of-state) transfer goals. This option is particularly good if you are undecided in your ultimate career direction, not sure where you'd like to eventually transfer or just looking to complete general education requirements while "testing the waters" of a particular major. No matter what brings you to Transfer Studies, the result is a well-rounded associate degree preparing you for further studies and successful career.
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A Psychology transfer degree starts you on the journey toward successful employment in any number of rewarding fields. Psychology is the most popular major in the United States, largely because it cultivates skills that will help you in a wide variety of careers. Your degree will help you develop your critical thinking, writing, and research skills. You'll also learn more about how to manage yourself and the people around you: coping with stress, shaping healthy habits, understanding how others' behavior is shaped by their culture and their personalities, and more.
Students who seek a career in psychology will move on to complete a bachelor’s degree and a master’s or doctoral degree, becoming fully able to participate as experts in the field. With a bachelor’s degree in psychology, you can work in areas such as child care or residential rehabilitation. With a doctorate you can provide therapy, teach, do research, or conduct testing. And with our four-year transfer agreements with dozens of colleges and universities in Maryland and beyond, a degree from AACC has never been a better investment. For outlook information about specific careers, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (sponsored by the Bureau of Labor Statistics), and check out AACC’s Career Coach to discover the perfect career for you.
Learn more about psychology's many subfields at Science of Psychology.