Psychology, Associate in Arts

Program Code: 0210


The psychology pathway examines the way humans feel, think, and learn. Today’s psychologists study all sorts of fascinating questions, such as: Why is learning a language as an infant easier than as a teenager? What are the roots of violence? What is the best way to help someone with depression, or grief? But psychologists also look on the bright side. They encourage, coach and motivate people to change their lives for the better.

This is an example course sequence for students interested in pursuing Psychology. This does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If this pathway is followed as outlined, you will earn an AA degree. One course will satisfy the Human Diversity (HD) requirement, and is labeled with an (HD) in the sequence below. Following this pathway will help you get your associate degree, which will increase your chances of transfer to Bachelor’s-level programs of study. Choose Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) courses to fulfill general education requirements whenever possible. Visit and speak with your college advisor to learn more about IAI.

As of July 2014, World Language courses are no longer a degree requirement. In the sequence below, World Language courses are called out as suggested electives. Please talk with your College Advisor to determine the best education plan for you.

Semester-by-Semester Program Plan for Full-Time Students

All plans can be modified to fit the needs of part-time students by adding more semesters.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
ENGLISH 101 Composition 1 3
MATH 125 Introductory Statistics 1 4
PSYCH 201 General Psychology 1 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences course 1 3
Elective 2 3
Semester 2
ENGLISH 102 Composition 1 3
Life Sciences course 1 4
SPEECH 101 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 1 3
Fine Arts course 1 3
Select one of the following: 3
Abnormal Psychology 2  
Semester 3
Physical Sciences course 1 4
Fine Arts & Humanities course 1 3
Select one of the following: 3
Child Psychology 2  
World Language course 2 4
Semester 4
Social and Behavioral Sciences course (HD) 1 3
World Language course 2 4
Humanities course 1 3
Select one of the following: 3
Social Psychology 2  
Pathway Elective 2 3
 Total Hours62

General Education Requirement


Pathway Elective

Pathway ElectiveS

PSYCH 206Business & Industrial Psychology3
PSYCH 207Child Psychology3
PSYCH 211Social Psychology (HD)3
PSYCH 213Abnormal Psychology3
PSYCH 215Psychology Of Personality3
PSYCH 222Adult Development And Aging3
PSYCH 223Death, Dying & Bereavement3
PSYCH 224Life Span Developmental Psychology3
PSYCH 240Research and Statistical Methods in the Behavioral Sciences3
PSYCH 299Special Topics in Psychology6
Any Anthropology course3
Any Criminal Justice course3
Any Political Science course3
Any Sociology course3
World Languages courses

Recommended electives may vary by transfer institution. Choose your courses with your College Advisor.

Institution-specific transfer guides and agreements can be found on CCC's transfer site.