• Psychology 

    Psychology students develop valuable skills ranging from collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data, to working with statistics and experimental designs.

  • Psychology is a science that is deeply rooted in both basic and applied research; it has many clinical and educational applications. The Social Science Department administers the Psychology program, which leads to an Associate of Arts (AA) degree. Students selecting this degree will be prepared to transfer into psychology programs at four-year institutions with a solid foundation in the discipline.   Psychology students develop valuable skills ranging from collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data, to working with statistics and experimental designs. They learn about the current theory and research about mind and behavior.

  • Psychology is a science that is deeply rooted in both basic and applied research; it also has many clinical and educational applications. From delivering mental health care to individuals, to providing consultation to various communities and organizations, psychology as a discipline revolves around understanding mechanisms that shape behavior and mental processes. This understanding can be used towards improving human relations.

    Psychology offers rigorous training in scientific method, exposure to thorough, objective research, the analysis of data, and the reporting of findings with clarity that prepares psychology majors for future careers.

    The study of psychology, with its emphasis on evidence-based critical thinking, helps one become a better student of other subjects. The additional insight gained from psychology courses and a required internship helps students in general, whether they are functioning as parents at home, managers on the job, or professionals in other fields, to understand their own motivation and behavior in a more comprehensive way.

    Studying psychology will help students develop people skills (communicating with and relating to individuals with diverse backgrounds), analytical skills (figuring out why a certain problem occurs and how to minimize or eliminate it), writing skills (writing a logically developed report), and research skills (using statistics, tables, and graphs to analyze problems and communicate relevant findings). Many of these skills are aspects of LaGuardia’s core competencies and studying psychology will enhance students’ proficiencies in these areas.

    Students selecting this degree will be prepared to transfer into psychology programs at four-year institutions with a solid foundation in the discipline. Students who receive their AA in psychology will be exposed to an extraordinarily diverse field. The Program full time faculty members specialize in many diverse fields, among them, clinical, developmental, social and experimental psychology; they teach, advise and mentor the students majoring in psychology.

    Visit our ePortfolio to learn about the Psychology Club, upcoming events, research opportunities, Psi Beta honor society and more.

    In support of the LaGuardia’s mission to educate and graduate its students to become critical thinkers and socially responsible citizens, the College has undertaken a team approach toward advising, designed to support you in your major from orientation through graduation.

    Your Advising Team is made up of faculty, professional and peer advisors. They will guide you at every step during your college career. They are ready to help you:

    • Explore your major
    • Select introductory and advanced courses
    • Connect you with campus support services
    • Prepare an educational and career plan

    In your first semester, your First Year Seminar (FYS) professor is your advisor. In your second semester and beyond, you can log in to My LaGuardia to contact advisor(s) or make an appointment.

    Visit the Advising page to learn more about when to get advised and how to prepare for an advising appointment, and check out the Advising Calendar for information sessions, events and more.

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    Psychology majors can apply the skills learned in a variety of work settings, from human services to business, criminal justice, health and recreation.

    Skills of a Psychology major:

    • Proficient in interpersonal communication
    • Able to evaluate personal problems and make appropriate decisions
    • Thorough understanding of human development and behavior
    • Able to interpret and clearly explain psychological research and tests


    Sample occupations:


    Psychologists study individual and group behavior and help people find solutions to personal, family, school, or work problems. They can be employed in academia as professors and researchers, as researchers and/or consultants in the private sector, or as counselors or clinicians.

    Educational requirements: Psychologists normally need a doctorate, although school psychologists may be certified with a master's degree. Licensing is required of clinical psychologists.


    Human Service Workers work in group homes and halfway houses, correctional, mental retardation and community mental health centers, family, child and youth service agencies, and programs concerned with alcoholism, drug abuse, family violence and aging.

    Educational Requirements: HS graduates perform clerical duties; college degree in human services, counseling, psychology, rehabilitation or special education is necessary for counseling, program directors, and group home managers.


    Counselors help people evaluate their interests and abilities and advise/assist them with personal, social, educational and career problems and concerns.

    Educational Requirements: MA in counseling or related field usually required. BA in psychology, sociology or counseling may be accepted coupled with experience in social work or teaching.

    Explore career possibilities on Career Connect.  

    Current Students
    Log in to the CUNY Portal to review your Degree Audit to find out what classes to take. 
    Have questions about using Degree Audit? Visit LaGuardia’s Degree Audit page for tutorials and how-to guides.

    Degree Map
    Use the Degree Map and DegreeWorks to assist in academic planning and creating your own graduation plan in ePortfolio.

    Prospective Students
    Review the Psychology Curriculum and the recommended course sequence below.

    Selecting Flexible Core Courses
    The courses you should take to satisfy the Pathways Flexible Core depends upon many factors, including: schools you are considering transferring to, your academic strengths and interests, and credits that you have earned from previous colleges. It is also important to note that some Pathways Flexible Core courses will also satisfy LaGuardia’s Urban Study requirement.

    We strongly recommend that you meet with a member of the advising team to decide together which courses would work best for you. Below a list of generally recommended courses based on course content and/or transferability:

    World Cultures & Global Issues

                HUP118           African Philosophy
                HUP121           Eastern Philosophical Traditions

                SSA101           Cultural Anthropology

                ENG266           Shakespeare

                SSH105           World History from Ancient Times to 1500

                SSH106           World History from 1500 to the Present

    Any foreign language course *


    *You must take a two semester sequence of a foreign language course in order for the credits to transfer to a four-year college. The second course can fulfill the ‘one additional course from any flexible core category’.


    US Experience in its Diversity

                SSN183           History of Minorities

                SSN280           Urban Black Psychology

                SSP101           US Power and Politics

                SSH101           Themes in American History I

                SSH231           Survey of Latin American and Caribbean History


    Creative Expression

                HUC106           Public Speaking

                HUA101           Introduction to Art

                ENG274           Creative Non-Fiction Workshop


    Individual and Society

                SSS100           Introduction to Sociology

                SSN184           Environmental Psychology

                SSI210             Women in Society

                SSY200           Personality Psychology

                SSY241           Developmental Psychology

                HUP101           Introduction to Philosophy

                HUP102           Critical Thinking

                HUP104           Ethics and Moral Issues

                HUP114           Medical Ethics

                SCH150           Drugs, Society and Human Behavior

                SCH210           Human Sexuality


    Scientific World

                HUP112           Logic & Philosophy

                SSA100           Introduction to Anthropology

    Additional Flexible Core Courses

                SSA101           Cultural Anthropology

                SSA120           Caribbean Cultures

                SSN103           Introductions to Labor and Community Organizing

                SSN182           Urban Anthropology

                SSN183           Urban Studies History of Minorities

                SSN184           Environmental Psychology

                SSN187           Urban Studies Urban Sociology

                SSN280           Urban Black Psychology

                SSP101           Power and Politics

                SSP245           Law and Human Rights

                SSP200           Global Politics

    See flexible sequence for students with basic skills needs.

    For information about this program’s retention and graduation rate visit the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment website page.