Sep 30, 2023
The Department of Behavioral Sciences aspires to develop and foster a passion for lifelong learning and academic excellence. The department integrates students’ diverse backgrounds into the teaching and learning experience, creating a civically engaged community of learners who are able to think critically of current issues in our complex world. Graduates of the program will carry with them a strong sense of collegiality and responsibility that will help them succeed in their long-term academic, professional, and personal goals.
The vision of our department is carried out through our mission of:
- teaching foundational behavioral science courses that support the general education mission of the college and engage our students in the broad domains and applications of Psychology, Sociology, and Cultural Anthropology;
- offering concentration courses that help our students develop a firm understanding of the various fields within a specific behavioral science discipline;
- engaging our students in research that allows them to apply critical thinking skills using scientific approaches;
- supporting our majors as they prepare to transfer to four-year institutions and/or successfully navigate the professional world through the application of the principles, concepts and theories that they have learned from the program;
- supporting our students to apply what they have learned towards becoming civically engaged and lifelong learners.
* Milestone Courses should be taken in the order shown. This will help you stay on track and graduate on time.
Total Credits: 15
Semester 1 Advising Note
- Students enrolling in this degree program can earn World Studies Emphasis certification simultaneously.
- New degree-seeking students enrolled in 9 credits or more must take a Learning Community Seminar or a Learning CommunityCluster within their first year.
- PSY-235 Introduction to Behavioral Research Credits: 3 *
- ENG-112 College Writing II Credits: 3
- GenEd -E General Education Elective Credits: 3
This course meets the General Education requirement for General Education Elective.
Choose a course from the General Education Scientific Reasoning, Community/Cultural Contexts, Creative Work or Elective Menus.
A Social Science elective is highly recommended in order to comply with Mass Transfer guidelines.
- GenEd -SR Scientific Reasoning Credits: 4 *
This course meets the General Education requirement for Scientific Reasoning
Choose one course from the Scientific Reasoning Menu
- GenEd -CW Creative Work Credits: 3
This course meets the General Education requirement for Creative Work
Choose one course from the Creative Work Program Menu
Total Credits: 16
Semester 2 Advising Note
- Upload in ePortfolio required Psychology majors courses artifacts PSY-235 onwards
- PSY-235 introduces students to research methods
- Participate in Psychology discipline conference offered by department
- Begin exploring transfer options: attend a transfer workshop and the College transfer fair.
- Meet with an advisor to begin career planning activities.
Total Credits: 16
Semester 3 Advising Note
- Select the career elective from PSY, HSV, or ECE courses. The Department encourages students to take a computer course for one of the three electives.
- PSY-213 Human Growth and Development does not satisfy the A.A. Psychology concentration requirements. It is offered only to non-Psychology majors.
- Complete a Learn and Earn Internship or Community Engagement activity in any of your Psychology courses
- Upload in ePortfolio required Psychology major courses artifacts
Total Credits: 15
Semester 4 Advising Note
- Select the career elective from PSY, HSV, or ECE courses. The Department encourages students to take a computer course for oneof the three electives.
- PSY-219 - ePortfolio to be completed and presented
- See an advisor about World Studies emphasis certification
- Apply for graduation
Upon Completion of This Concentration Graduates Will Be Able To:
- a basic knowledge and understanding of the different principles and concepts of Psychology (foundational knowledge)
- the ability to apply learned concepts to the intrapersonal and interpersonal experiences embedded within diverse cultural contexts
- the ability to evaluate, compare and contrast, critique various theoretical perspectives and complex/debatable and current issues as they relate to the various domains of Psychology
- the ability to use learned knowledge to actively engage in and produce scientific research.
Graduates of this concentration should plan to transfer to a four-year college or university because entry-level positions in the general field of psychology require a bachelor’s degree. Career positions generally require a master’s degree.
Transfer Advising Guides
- Fitchburg State University
- Framingham State University
- Westfield State University
- Worcester State University
- University of Massachusetts Boston
- University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
- University of Massachusetts Lowell
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- Bridgewater State University
- Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts