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Psychology Focus Associate in Arts

Psychology Focus

Associate in Arts (AA)

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Are you interested in a career in such areas as clinical services, health services, business, industry, testing, education, and behavioral research?  The Associate in Arts (AA) degree with a focus in Psychology can help to prepare to major in Psychology and pursue career opportunities in social work, healthcare, business, and human resources.  

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment of psychologists is expected to grow 22 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth will vary by specialty, such as clinical, counseling, and school and organizational psychology. 

The Associates in Arts with a focus of psychology can help you develop the skills you’ll need to pursue careers such as speech-language pathology, marriage and family therapy, child, family, and school social work; and counseling for substance abuse and behavioral disorders. 

Details: Associate in Arts (AA)

Credit Hours (CH)

62

Program/Plan Number

210

Funding Options

Open For Enrollment

Yes
 

Courses

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Prerequisites

 CH

General Education Requirements

38  CH
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​City Colleges of Chicago follows the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) model for the Associate in Arts degree that requires a total of at least sixty (60) semester credit hours and at least thirty eight (38) hours of General Education courses. Students may enroll in general education courses at any of the City Colleges of Chicago.  The Associate in Arts is designed to transfer to all colleges and universities that are participating in IAI.

Students are required to take courses in the following areas:
  • Communications
  • Mathematics
  • Physical and Life Sciences
  • Humanities and Fine Arts
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
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Human Diversity

Newly enrolled or returning students who have not been enrolled for six consecutive semesters are required to take at least one Human Diversity course.  Students can choose a Human Diversity from courses in Humanities & Fine Arts or Social & Behavioral Sciences.  This course can be included in the total number of credits for the Associate Degree.  Students are not required to take additional hours to fulfill the Human Diversity requirement. 

Students should meet with their Academic Advisor for assistance to select courses needed for degree completion.

Program Core Requirements

 CH

Additional Requirements

 CH

Elective Program Requirements

24  CH
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Students must  complete a minimum 24 credit hours of electives.

World Language

Students will satisfy the World Language by completing two courses in the same language or will demonstrate competency equivalent to a second semester course.  Students must receive a grade of ‘C’ or better and complete a total of 6-8 semester hours. Students may also satisfy the requirement by presenting transcripts that verify course completion equivalent to a second semester course. 

Focus Electives

Students should select 16-18 semester hours of elective courses to meet graduation requirements.  Students may choose courses in a focus area. Before registering for these courses, students must meet with an academic/transfer advisor to develop a plan.

Area of Focus

 CH

Focus Electives

 CH
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, OR grade of C or better in English 100, 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 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 209
Black Psychology 3
Relationship of psychology to colonized situation; understanding colonial experience in psychological terms, emphasis on effects for black and white persons in America of status of blacks during and after legalized slavery. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101, OR grade of C or better in English 100, OR Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Kennedy-King Olive-Harvey
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 214
Adolescent Psychology 3
Continuation of Psychology 207. Physical, intellectual, educational, personality, and social development of adolescents in contemporary society; emphasis on problems of the adolescents adjustment to personal and social environment. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in PSYCH 207 or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Kennedy-King 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
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, OR grade of C or better in English 100, 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

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