Accelerated & Professional Studies


Associate in Arts (Day & DAPS)



Associate in Arts (Day & DAPS)

Do you have a strong interest in human behavior? Are you good at recognizing patterns and evaluating evidence? Do you find theories stimulating and challenging? Do your friends find you sensitive to the feelings of others? Do you find you enjoy working with people? If so, a career in psychology might be for you.

Fisher's Associate in Arts in Psychology is a two-year program for students interested in gaining a solid foundation in the field of Psychology.

Program Requirements

Psychology Program Requirements

First Year

Credit hours
CS101 Computer Concepts and Applications
EN101 English I 3
EN102 English II 3
IS105 Common Experience*
PS101 Introduction to Psychology 3
PS102 Psychology of Personality 3
PS105 Human Development 3

Math Elective

Humanities Elective 3

Total Credits 30
Second Year

Credit hours
EN201 Intermediate Writing 3
PS208 Abnormal Psychology
PS210 Statistics for Psychology 3
PS212 Psychology of Learning 3

Humanities Elective 3

Math/Science Elective 3/4

Literature Elective¥ 3

Sociology Elective 6

Free Elective 3

Total Credits 30/31

* IS 105 is required of Day students.  Students matriculated in DAPS take a Free Elective instead
‡ Any MA course except MA003 or MA 121.

† At least three (3) credits in Math or Science (Any math except MA 003, MA 121 or any SC course) A science course with a lab is recommended if considering a bachelor degree in Psychology.
¥ Any EN course except EN 001, EN 101, EN 102, EN 201 or ESL courses.

Minimum credits required for graduation--60.

Graduate Competencies

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 the 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 there. 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 his students to know because they have completed the first two years at his college 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.


Student Testimonials

"The significance psychology has had on me at Fisher has extended far beyond the classroom, surfacing in several aspects of my life.  Whether I am hanging out with my friends or studying another subject, my core psychology knowledge furthers my ability to reason and utilize critical thinking.  Through courses such as Human Development, Abnormal Psychology, and Psychology of Personality, I feel as though I have gained an incredible foundation that will allow me to deviate and diverge into the vast realm of the field of psychology.  Wherever my life may lead following college, I'm confident my roots in psychology attained here at Fisher will prevail." - Emily Haigney

"When I first came to Fisher College, I was unsure of what I wanted to do.  My older brother told me to choose a major that I'd enjoy and not just something I thought would make me a lot of money.   I became a Psychology major because it's what I love to do.  Throughout the courses, I have learned that psychology is not just critical thinking, that it gives an explanation to human behavior.  I will continue to value and interpret all that I have learned throughout my adult life."  - Tiffany Beckman


Faculty Profiles

Dr. Nicholas J. Siciliano
It is hard to believe that I have been "in psychology" for over three decades.  The formal education itself was a 20 year journey of courses and course work and dissertation. The official letters look like B.A., M.Ed., CAES, Ph.D.  The experiences have run from counselor, college preparatory high school teacher, outreach worker, alternative high school teacher/counselor, alternative middle school teacher/director, and college professor. At each position, there was always the issue of motivation and learning. There was always theory or applied research that allowed me to "get the students" to improve their academic, social and emotional abilities which allowed them to put themselves in position to reach what they may have thought were unreachable goals.
Dr. Tunde Turi-Markovic
I was born and raised in Romania, but ethnically, I identify as Hungarian. I immigrated to the US when I was twelve years old.

Even as a very young child, I knew that I wanted to teach and be in a position to help others. I received my bachelor degree in psychology from Bridgewater State College, my masters in psychology from Boston College, and a doctorate degree in psychology from Northeastern University. I joined the Fisher College community in the fall of 2009, where I taught a variety of classes in the Human Services Program.

Clinically, I have worked in a variety of settings and with all age groups. My clinical experiences are valuable in the classroom as it provides me with the ability to apply the material being taught. Much of my teaching style is based on my belief that students learn best when there is a focus on active learning and critical thinking. I use examples, and my personal experiences to help students grasp the information, and most importantly make connections between the text and real life.

Personally, I enjoy spending time with my family. I enjoy traveling, going to the beach, and being outdoors. 

Industry Resources - an online library of general interest articles ranging from aging, anger, stress, etc. - for links to recent articles in newspapers and magazines.

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
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