Associate Degree in Liberal Studies – Focus in Psychology

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About This Program

Are you intrigued by human behavior? Have you ever wondered how our personalities develop, how we are motivated to learn, or how abnormal behavior is diagnosed and treated? If so, you may want to consider a career in psychology.

The Associate in Arts degree in Liberal Studies with a focus in Psychology is designed to provide a foundation of study that prepares students to transfer to four-year colleges and universities. The curriculum is built on a foundation of core requirements, supplemented with psychology courses. This concentration is excellent preparation for a major in psychology at the baccalaureate level.  You will gain the basic knowledge and principles of human behavior that are essential for a variety of career paths, including social services, business, education or law.

Please note: You are only eligible to receive one Associate in Arts in Liberal Studies degree. You may not receive a second or subsequent degree in Liberal Studies with a different focus.

Your Degree Courses

SMCC’s Associate in Arts degree in Liberal Studies with a focus in Psychology requires a mix of general education and interest-specific courses designed to prepare students to transfer to a four-year institution in the major of their choice. The following courses are only a sampling of what you might take as a Liberal Studies student and are subject to change.

Program Course Sampling

General Education Requirements

  • English Composition
  • Introduction to Literature
  • Electives in the following areas:
    • Economics/Political Science
    • English Communications
    • Fine Arts
    • History
    • Humanities
    • Mathematics
    • Psychology/Sociology
    • Science with Lab

Recommended Electives

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Statistics
  • Psychology Electives

Current Major-Specific Courses Available

Interested in seeing some of the current major-specific courses being offered as a part of this degree program?

Graduation Requirements

Prospective Students

If you are thinking about attending SMCC and are curious what the current program course requirements are to earn your degree, download the current SMCC Course Catalog.

Current Students

If you are a current student, your program requirements may be different than those listed for the current catalog year. To view your specific program requirements or to search and register for courses, log in to MySMCC and visit the MyDegree webpage.

Graduation Outcomes

  • Demonstrate skills as critical thinkers, readers and writers.
  • Describe the interaction of history, culture, literature, economics and science as studied within a broad liberal arts curriculum.
  • Analyze and solve quantitative problems.

Estimated Degree Completion Time

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62 credit hours are required to complete this program

Please note, these estimates are based on a student taking an average of 15 credits per semester and do not include college preparatory or developmental courses.

SMCC Graduates

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Transfer Agreements for Liberal Studies – Psychology

Psychology, BA

University of New England

SMCC Degree Program: Liberal Studies – Psychology

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Psychology in Applied Behavior Analysis, BS

Kaplan University

SMCC Degree Program: Liberal Studies – Psychology

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