Psychology is an excellent liberal arts major that allows you to explore and better understand the mind, how it functions and how it is influenced by biological, cultural and economic factors. Yet, there is also a practical advantage to studying psychology. Our students often report that they better understand themselves, and their relationships and other life experiences. Psychology is at play in practically every experience of our lives. It has been studied by individuals who have made their mark in a variety of fields within and beyond psychology including law, medicine and the arts.
For students who plan to pursue careers in psychology, earning an associates' degree in Psychology from Community College of Philadelphia will allow you to establish and continue your necessary academic preparation beyond the associate's degree. In order to practice psychology, you will need to have earned at least a Master's degree and, in many cases, a Ph.D. or Psy.D.
Students are required to satisfy placement at the time of admission. Students identified as needing developmental course work must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English and mathematics courses as a part of their degree program.
To qualify for the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree in Psychology, a student must complete a minimum of 61 credit hours as prescribed and attain a grade point average of 2.0 ("C" average).
* Three credits in Oral Communication/Creative Expression (OCCE) are required. Students may take one three-credit OCCE course, or may elect to take three one-credit OCCE courses.
** For students uncertain about what general elective to choose, we recommend taking at least two world language courses. Temple University, a common transfer institution for CCP students, requires students to earn a C or better in a first and a second-level world language course. Any language course in Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian, Hebrew, Japanese, or Spanish may be chosen.
*** For students uncertain about what Humanities elective to take, we recommend HUM 120, HUM 130, HUM 150, HUM 180. These are courses that explore diverse cultures and provide an expanded view of the human experience.
All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College’s general education requirements is also available.
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