Program Mission & Learning Outcomes

Program Mission

The Associates in Arts degree in Psychology provides the student with a solid background for pursuit of a baccalaureate degree in psychology. Core psychology courses, psychology elective, and statistics and research prepare the student to enter the upper-level baccalaureate courses. Interested and eligible students can seamlessly continue into the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Fisher College. This degree also provides an adequate base for the student entering other majors, particularly in the social sciences.   

Program Learning Outcomes

The courses you take in this program have been chosen so that upon transfer into a four-year program, you will be on an equal plane as those students who had begun their program at that college. The required courses (3) are those that are most-often required in many of our transfer schools. The elective choices were also based upon a comparison with these colleges. The MA121 statistics course is comparable to the first statistics course found elsewhere. Successful completion means you will attend another college psychology program able to "walk the walk" and "talk the talk." References to theories, significant contributors, significant research, etc. that a professor expects students to know will be understood by you because you have been successful at Fisher.

If you choose a career path other than psychology and transfer to other liberal arts and business programs, this program provides the communication skills (verbal and written) analytical skills and technological skills that allow you to continue successfully.

This program will provide students with the opportunity to develop the following competencies:

  • Describe the development of children, adolescents and adults over the course of a lifespan, including their cognitive, emotional, psychological, social, and physical development within a socio-cultural context.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of psychological theory.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of psychological research by having learned how to identify, conduct, and critically evaluate quantitative and qualitative studies used throughout the psychological studies.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with issues of ethical principles in psychology.
  • Use critical thinking skills professionally in everyday life.


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