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psychology concentration

Associate in Arts

Program Advisor: Dr. Wayne Klug   413-236-4562
wklug@berkshirecc.edu

 The Liberal Arts Psychology concentration closely parallels freshman and sophomore studies at colleges offering liberal arts baccalaureate degrees in psychology. Graduates of this concentration will transfer with junior status to four-year colleges and universities, and in most cases will be able to complete their baccalaureate degrees there in two years.

EXPECTED OUTCOMES

Graduates of this concentration should be able to:

  • demonstrate a knowledge base in psychology by describing key concepts, principles, and themes; gain a working knowledge of content in abnormal, developmental, biological, and social domains;

  • demonstrate familiarity with scientific inquiry and critical thinking by using scientific reasoning to interpret psychological phenomena, and by gaining exposure to research methods in psychology;

  • demonstrate awareness of ethical and social responsibility by applying ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice, and by adopting values that build community at local, national, and global levels;

  • demonstrate communication proficiency through effective writing and presentation skills for different purposes, and through effective interaction with others.  


GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

To earn a degree in this program, a student must complete the 62 program and general education credits, plus the additional requirements, shown below. 

Program 24 Credits
PSY 107 Introductory Psychology 3
PSY 204  Human Growth and Development 3

PSY 206  Adolescent Psychology

3
PSY 207 Social Psychology 3
PSY 226 Abnormal Psychology 3
Professional Electives (see footnote 1) 6
Free Electives 3
Program 38 Credits
BIO 175  Brain, Mind, and Behavior 3
COM   Communication 3
ENG 101 English Composition/Writing 6

ENG Literature

6

ENV 127 Environmental Awareness

1
HIS 113  Western Civilization to 1500 
OR
HIS 121 World History to 1500                  

3
HIS 114 Western Civilization since 1500
OR
HIS 122 World History since 1500

3
MAT   Mathematics   (see footnote 2) 3

SOC 105 Introductory Sociology

3

               Natural or Physical Science

4

                Humanities and Fine Arts

3
Additional
As Shown
Core Competencies Portfolio (items) 4
Forum (units) 4
Health/Fitness (hours) 30 
Minimum Cumulative Average Overall 2.000

SUGGESTED BLOCK FOR PROGRAM COMPLETION:
The following is a suggestion for completing this program in two years. The actual time needed to complete the program will vary according to  each student's individual needs.     

First Semester 15 Credits
ENG 101 English Composition/Writing 3

HIS 113    Western Civilization to 1500
                   OR
HIS 121    World History to 1500


3
MAT   Mathematics   (see footnote 2) 3
COM   Communication 3
PSY 107 Introductory Psychology 3
Second Semester 16 Credits
ENG 102  English Composition 3
HIS 114  Western Civilization Since 1500
OR
HIS 122  World History Since 1500

3
BIO 175  Brain, Mind, and Behavior 3

SOC 105   Introductory Sociology  

3

                 Humanities and Fine Arts

3

ENV 127 Environmental Awareness

1
Third Semester 16 Credits
ENG Literature 3

PSY 204  Human Growth and Development

3

PSY 207 Social Psychology

3

Natural or Physical Science (see footnote 3)

4

Professional Elective (see footnote 1)

3
Fourth Semester 15 Credits
ENG Literature 3
PSY 206  Adolescent Psychology 3
PSY 226    Abnormal Psychology   3

Professional Elective (see footnote 1)

3

Free Elective

Footnotes:      

  1. Professional Electives are chosen from PSY208, PSY210, PSY297, SOC136, SOC208, SOC232, and BIO180. Additional Professional Electives must be approved by the Psychology Concentration Program Advisor.
  2. MAT123 (Elementary Statistics) is strongly recommended as preparation for "Statistics in Psychology" at the transfer institution.
  3. The Natural or Physical Science requirements must be fulfilled by one four-credit laboratory science and one three-credit non-laboratory science, or by two four-credit laboratory sciences. Completion of an environmentally-focused laboratory science, such as BIO109, BIO110, ENV101, or ENV102, fulfills both the Natural or Physical Science and the Environmental Studies requirements.