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.
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
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.
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.
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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.
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
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 inorder for the credits to transfer to a four-year college. The second course canfulfill 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
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
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.
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.
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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:
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.