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Liberal Arts & Sciences - Humanities & Social Sciences A.A. Psychology Concentration

The Program (HEGIS Code 5649)

Psychologists define themselves as social scientists engaged in researching and treating the mind and human behavior.  Students pursuing the Psychology Concentration are involved in an education plan designed to develop knowledge and understanding of human behavior, scientific research and reasoning skills, and interpersonal communication skills.  The majority of careers in Psychology require education beyond an Associate’s degree, thus the concentration is planned to support transfer into Psychology majors at four-year colleges and universities.  In addition to providing the foundation for future study and employment, this concentration includes course work in the liberal arts and sciences which provides students with broad perspectives on the world and its diverse cultures and encourages them to become life-long learners.

Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes for the program are recommended by the American Psychological Association as stated in the APA Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology major.

With completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Describe key concepts, principles, and overarching themes in psychology
  • Use scientific reasoning to interpret psychological phenomena
  • Demonstrate psychological information literacy
  • Incorporate sociocultural factors in scientific inquiry
  • Build and enhance interpersonal relationships
  • Demonstrate effective writing for different purposes
  • Apply psychological content and skills to career goals

Career Opportunities

With advanced education, the outlook for employment is good and future growth in employment opportunities is expected.  A wide choice of options for employment exists, such as:  School Psychologist; Developmental Psychologist; Forensic Psychologist; Neuropsychologist; Social Psychologist; Organizational/Industrial Psychologist; Clinical Psychologist; Experimental or Research Psychologist.  With licensure or special certification, psychology professionals may practice as Mental Health Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Substance Abuse Counselors, Play Therapists or Expressive/Activities Therapists (Art, Music, Drama).  Some jobs are available for students who complete an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. These jobs typically fall into the categories of entry level mental health or psychiatric aides or assistants.

Transfer Opportunities

As a graduate of Jefferson, you will have many transfer opportunities to consider and will be able to choose from a wide variety of colleges and universities to pursue your baccalaureate degree. Possible transfer institutions include SUNY Albany, SUNY Binghamton, SUNY Canton, SUNY Cortland, SUNY Oswego, SUNY Plattsburgh, and SUNY Potsdam, Columbia College (Fort Drum), St. Lawrence University, and Syracuse University.

Degree Requirements (Effective Spring 2017) Credit Hours
Humanities (18 Credit Hours)
ENG 101: Research and Composition 3
ENG 102: Literature and Composition 3
Literature Elective 3
Humanities Electives
      These must be selected from Art, Journalism, Languages, Music, Philosophy, Speech/Theater Arts
      (At least 3 cr. hrs. must be non-STA)
Speech Elective
   STA 101: Fundamentals of Oral Communication
      OR STA 161: Interpersonal Communication
      OR STA 211: Managing Conflict
Social Science (9 Credit Hours)  
History Electives
   At least one course must be selected from the SUNY General Education list for American History or Western Civilization
Social Science Elective
   One course selected from Anthropology, Geography, Political Science, Sociology
Mathematics and Sciences (10 Credit Hours Minimum)  
MTH 144: Elementary Statistics
      OR MTH 174: Mathematical Probability and Statistics 1     
One Laboratory Science course in Chemistry or Biology chosen from the SUNY General Education list 4
One additional Mathematics or Science Elective 3
Restricted Electives (6 Credit Hours)  
Other World Civilizations
   Chosen from the SUNY General Education list for Other World Civilizations
One course chosen from:
   Anthropology, Art, Criminal Justice, English, Geography, History, Human Services, Journalism, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy,
   Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Speech/Theater Arts, Foreign Language or Natural Sciences
Psychology Requirements (12 Credit Hours)  
PSY 133: Introduction to Psychology  3 
PSY 252: Behavioral Statistics and Research Methods in Psychology 3
Restricted Psychology Electives
   Two Psychology courses at the 200 level chosen from the SUNY General Education list
Free Elective 3
Physical Education 


For More Information

Cynthia Lonsbary, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Lynn Sprott, Professor of Psychology

Jeri Fairman, Associate Vice President for Liberal Arts Division

Application and Admissions Information
Enrollment Services
315-786-2437 or Toll Free 1-888-435-6522