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Psychology Focus Associate in Arts

Psychology

Associate in Arts (AA)

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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.
 

Details: Associate in Arts (AA)

Transfer Pathway

Credit Hours (CH)

62

Program/Plan Number

210

Funding Options

Open For Enrollment

Yes
 

Courses

+-

Prerequisites

 CH

General Education Requirements

39  CH

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 www.itransfer.org 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.

English
ENGLISH 101
Composition 3
Development of critical and analytical skills in writing and reading of expository prose. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 based on prior coursework or COMPASS, ACT, or SAT test scores, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
IAI Approved
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
ENGLISH 102
Composition 3
Continuation of English 101. Introduces methods of research and writing of investigative papers. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in English 101.
IAI Approved
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Mathematics
MATH 125-1
Introductory Statistics 4
Basic descriptive statistics including frequency distributions, mode, mean and standard deviation. Permutations, combinations, probability rules and Bayes Theorem. Binomial and normal distributions. Basic inferential statistics including sampling theory, confidence intervals for means and proportions, test of hypotheses. Chi-square distribution. Introduction to correlation and regression. Includes at least one hour per week using computers in statistical application. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Math 99; or COMPASS PRE-ALGEBRA (17-99), ALGEBRA (43-99), and College ALGEBRA (1-50); or ACT Math (min. 21); or SAT Math (min. 500); or ALGEBRA Placement Test Waiver, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
IAI Approved
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Psychology
PSYCH 201
General Psychology 3
Historical survey of psychology and a study of the sensory and perceptual processes: learning, thinking, remembering, emotional behavior, motivation, mechanism of adjustment, and the total personality. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 based on prior coursework or COMPASS, ACT, or SAT test scores, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
IAI Approved
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Social Science
SOC SCI 101
General Course I Social Science 3
A survey of subject matter and concepts selected from the disciplines of anthropology, psychology, and sociology. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 based on prior coursework or COMPASS, ACT, or SAT test scores, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
IAI Approved
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Speech
SPEECH 101-1
Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
Theory and practice of oral communication; development of poise and confidence, delivery, and speech organization; public speaking practice; small group discussion, and development of standards of criticism. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 based on prior coursework or COMPASS, ACT, or SAT test scores, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Students should speak with a College Advisor to select specific courses from the following:

Life Sciences courses (3)

Fine Arts course (3)

Physical Sciences course (4)

Fine Arts & Humanities course (3)

Social Sciences course (3)

Humanities course (3)

Program Core Requirements

 CH

Additional Requirements

 CH

Elective Program Requirements

15  CH
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Psychology
PSYCH 206
Business & Industrial Psychology 3
Psychological principles and techniques applied to activities and problems in business and industry; selling, advertising, market research, personnel work, employee selection and training, supervision, and morale. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Psychology 201, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
PSYCH 207
Child Psychology 3
Development, adjustment, and psychological problems of the child from birth through adolescence; relationship of scientific psychological findings to practical methods of child guidance and training by parents, teachers, and others. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Psychology 201, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
IAI Approved
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
PSYCH 211
Social Psychology 3
Analyzes development of personality structures and patterns: cultural environment, social roles and status, attitude formation, personality types and measurement of personality. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in PSYCH 201 or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
PSYCH 213
Abnormal Psychology 3
Abnormal behavior and its social significance; symptoms and dynamics of psychological disorders; neuroses and psychosomatic reactions, sociopathic psychoses; consideration of therapies and theories of prevention. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Psychology 201, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
IAI Approved
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
PSYCH 215
Psychology Of Personality 3
Major personality theories to familiarize the student with systems concerned with comprehensively and dynamically interrelating developmental, motivational, and adaptive aspects of behavior; methods of personality assessment and experimental evidence relevant to the theories will also be considered. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Psychology 201, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
PSYCH 222
Adult Development And Aging 3
Introduction to psychological problems, issues, facts, and theories relating to later adulthood and old age; societal values and institutions, socio-economic variables, biological and psychological changes, perception, cognition, psychosocial development, personality factors, sexuality and relationships, work and skill issues, adjustment and coping, psychopathology, and therapeutic intervention. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in PSYCH 201, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Wilbur Wright
PSYCH 224
Life Span Developmental Psychology 3
Life Span Development Psychology is an introductory course in developmental psychology covering fundamental biological, cognitive, and psychological factors as they apply to the whole span of development. Theories, research design and findings, facts, and principles, as they apply to each age level, will be examined.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in PSYCH 201, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Wilbur Wright
PSYCH 240
Research and Statistical Methods in the Behavioral Sciences 3
Study of methods used in the systematic study of psychology, including psychometric concepts, understanding and application of statistical operations (computer-based), and critique of scholarly empirical reports. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in PSYCH 201 and Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley
PSYCH 299
Special Topics in Psychology 6
Special topics in Psychology will be discussed along with appropriate lab and/or field trip activities. New developments in the field will be emphasized .Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course. Allowed Repeatable Course: Course may be repeated up to three times when topics are different, and may count for a maximum of six variable credits. Consent of Department Chairperson required for repeatability.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in PSYCH 201 or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley

Area of Focus

 CH

Focus Electives

8  CH

​World Language course (4)

World Language course (4)

 CH
Total Minimum Credit Hours
 

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Human Sciences (Liberal Arts)

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