West Virginia Northern Community College

Programs of Study

Associate in Arts Degree - Psychology Concentration

Associate in Arts Degree
Psychology Concentration

This program is designed for those who expect to transfer to a college or university
to study in psychology. The curriculum gives students a broad background in liberal
arts with an emphasis on psychology, social sciences, and humanities.


Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:
• Demonstrate knowledge of basic concepts, theories, and principles used in the
field of psychology
• Demonstrate a readiness to enter a bachelor degree program with appropriate
commitment to attendance, initiative, organization, and interest in the concentration
field
• Demonstrate knowledge and skills related to general education competencies for
the Associate in Arts degree, including the ability to:
• Communicate effectively
• Work collaboratively
• Think critically and solve problems
• View issues from a global perspective
• Conduct basic research using computers
• Appreciate literature and the arts
• Live according to conscious values and ethics
Graduates of this program would plan to transfer to a four-year college or university
to complete a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and may go on to earn an advanced
degree. At the bachelor’s level, they may expect to become case managers or service
providers in public or private agencies which provide psychological and social services.
With an advanced degree, they may expect to become licensed clinical or counseling
psychologists working in public or private agencies which provide psychological
services.


First Year – Fall Semester - Cr. Hrs.
ENG 101 College Composition I - 3
HIST History Core Requirement - 3
MATH Mathematics Core Requirement - 3(5)
PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology - 3
SPCH 105 Fundamentals of Speech Communication - 3

First Year – Spring Semester - Cr. Hrs.
ENG 102 College Composition II - 3
MATH Mathematics Core Requirement - 4(5)
or
SCI Science Core Requirement - (4)
SS Social Science Core Requirement - 3
Concentration Elective* - 3
Elective - 3

Second Year – Fall Semester - Cr. Hrs.
HPE Physical Education Requirement# - 1
HUM Humanities Core Requirement - 3
SCI Science Core Requirement - 4
SOC 125 Introduction to Sociology - 3
Concentration Elective* - 3

Second Year – Spring Semester - Cr. Hrs.
HUM Humanities Core Requirement - 3
POLS 102 American National Government and Politics - 3
SS 255 The Global Community - 3
Concentration Elective* - 3
Elective - 3

Total Hours in Program – 60-63
*Choose from: HS 147, HS 150, HS 210, PSYC 155, PSYC 200, PSYC 208,
PSYC 210, PSYC 218, SS 207.
Concentration and general electives should be selected in consultation with an
advisor and/or the college to which the student intends to transfer.
Refer to Core Requirements for the Associate in Arts Program in the beginning
of this section for acceptable core requirements in HUM, HIST, SS, MATH,
and SCI. #HPE requirements may be fulfilled with HPE 100, 101 or 105.
Note: Courses used to fulfill core requirements may not also be used as
concentration hours.

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