Psychology Concentration

Liberal Arts: Humanities and Social Sciences A.A.

Psychology Concentration

The Psychology Concentration, part of the Liberal Arts: Humanities and Social Sciences A.A degree program, prepares students for academic success in bachelor’s degree transfer programs in psychology. By offering courses that reflect a diverse set of global and cultural perspectives, the program expects students to explore and reflect on human endeavors in the context of nature and society.

The Psychology Concentration satisfies the SUNY Transfer Pathways and facilitates seamless transfer, as juniors, to SUNY psychology programs. SUNY SCCC also has transfer agreements with numerous private colleges and universities including Maria College, Siena College, and The College of Saint Rose, so that students can transfer seamlessly into psychology programs at those institutions.

B.S. Human Development
University at Albany Transfer Track

In addition to the major of Psychology, students will have the opportunity upon successfully completion of the Psychology Concentration: Humanities and Social Sciences A.A. degree to transfer into the Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development at the University at Albany. The Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development explores human psychological, social, cognitive and emotional changes across the lifespan. The University at Albany offers concentrations in Counseling Psychology, Educational Psychology, Peer Assistance and Leadership, and Special Education. To see a breakdown of the course requirements for transfer to University at Albany, please click here. Read University at Albany's Human Development brochure.

Faculty
The Psychology Concentration is driven by experienced and dedicated faculty who work closely with students within the program. Our faculty are Credential Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselors (CASAC), Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC), Licensed Certified Social Workers (LCSW), and other licensed professionals who bring decades of community experience to the classroom. They come from a variety of settings including:

  • Ellis Hospital
  • New Choices Recovery Center
  • Conifer Park
  • St. Peter’s Hospital (SPARC)
  • New York State Office of Mental Health
  • Schenectady ARC

Educational and Employment Opportunities
Graduates of the Psychology Concentration at SUNY SCCC may continue their education and/or pursue careers in a variety of fields including:

  • Mental Health
  • Substance Abuse and Addiction
  • Education
  • Medicine
  • Criminal Justice
  • Business

 

Mission: The Liberal Arts: Humanities and Social Sciences A.A. program prepares students for academic success in baccalaureate transfer programs in liberal arts disciplines. By offering students courses that reflect a diverse set of global and cultural perspectives, the program expects students to explore and reflect on human experience.

The program develops in its graduates:

Goal I: Proficiency in communication

  • Proficiency at writing a variety of texts
  • Proficiency at communicating orally
  • Proficiency at communicating in a language other than English

Goal II: Proficiency in reading and analyzing a variety of types of discourse

  • Proficiency at reading and analyzing imaginative literature
  • Proficiency at reading and analyzing descriptive prose (informational literature)
  • Proficiency at reading and analyzing argumentative literature

Goal III: Information Literacy Skills

  • Proficiency at locating, and ethically selecting, evaluating, and incorporating research material from library databases and other appropriate sources;
  • Proficiency at applying citation standards to document sources
  • Proficiency at distinguishing between primary and secondary sources
  • Competence using information in a digital environment

Goal IV: Proficiency at developing, analyzing, and evaluating arguments

  • Proficiency at recognizing the elements of arguments
  • Proficiency at distinguishing between sound & unsound arguments

Goal V: Cultural & Historical Understanding

  • Using discipline-appropriate theories and methodologies to form relevant and reasonable conclusions about diverse historical and contemporary human perspectives and behaviors

Goal VI: Understanding of Civic Responsibility

  • Understanding of the structures, processes, and relevance of political, social, and economic institutions
  • Understanding of the roles and responsibilities of citizens in their societies 

Goal VII: Appreciation of Arts

  • Understanding of how different forms of artistic expression inform and enrich the human experience

 

For more information on our Liberal Arts: Humanities and Social Sciences Psychology Concentration please view the degree requirements and contact:
Eric Carlson, Professor
Elston Hall, Room 203 
(518) 381-1299 
carlsoer@sunysccc.edu