SUNY Jefferson

Psychology Concentration, Humanities & Social Sciences AA

Program Type: Transfer
Delivery Method: On-campus
Personal Interests: Helping others, working with people, listening, solving problems
Skill Development: Communication, counseling, professionalism, ethics, leadership
Careers Options: Health care, education, social services, business, nonprofits
Program Code: HEGIS 5649

Learn principles of psychology and fulfill core college requirements

Take your first two years of psychology study at Jefferson Community College before transferring to a four-year college or university. Our Humanities & Social Sciences A.A. degree with a concentration in psychology will give you a strong foundation in the science of the human mind and human behavior.

You’ll take classes in psychology, communication, and research while meeting general education requirements for a bachelor’s degree in a similar discipline. You’ll also learn to assess the cognitive, emotional, and social health of individuals and organizations; conduct research using the scientific method; and help improve processes in the psychology field.

This program offers:

  • Cost savings on SUNY General Education requirements
  • Broad-based understanding of psychology principles, processes, and terms
  • Insight into relationship building and communication techniques
  • Learning guidelines that meet standards set by the American Psychological Association

Meet the demand for professionals with psychology training

Your Jefferson degree will set you up for success in a bachelor’s degree program and an eventual career in health care, education, business, human services, or other fields. Graduates go on to practice psychology or to apply their understanding of human behavior and relationships to just about any arena.

Psychology-related jobs are expected to grow 14 percent over the next 10 years. Potential career paths include school, developmental, forensic, organizational, clinical, and experimental psychology. Or you can become a mental health counselor, marriage and family therapist, substance abuse counselor, or play or art therapist with additional licensure or special certification.

Learn to provide services and conduct research

When you complete a Humanities & Social Sciences A.A. degree with a concentration in psychology you will be able to:

  • Describe key concepts, principles, and overarching themes in psychology
  • Use scientific reasoning to interpret psychological phenomena
  • Demonstrate psychological information literacy
  • Incorporate sociocultural factors in scientific inquiry
  • Build and enhance interpersonal relationships
  • Write effectively for different purposes
  • Apply psychological content and skills to career goals

Focus on other fields

Looking to take your study of the humanities and social sciences in a different direction? Jefferson students can choose concentrations in literature or creative writing instead of psychology or design their own programs.

Transfer to the bachelor’s program of your choice

Complete your Jefferson degree and choose from a wide range of transfer options. Popular bachelor’s-degree destinations include SUNY Albany, SUNY Binghamton, SUNY Canton, SUNY Cortland, SUNY Oswego, SUNY Plattsburgh, and SUNY Potsdam, Columbia College (Fort Drum), St. Lawrence University, and Syracuse University.

Degree requirements for Psychology Concentration, Humanities and Social Science A.A.

Humanities (18 credit hours)

ENG 101: Research and Composition 
ENG 102: Literature and Composition 
Literature Elective 
Humanities Electives
These must be selected from Art, Journalism, Languages, Music, Philosophy, Speech/Theater Arts
(At least 3 cr. hrs. must be non-STA) 
Speech Elective
STA 101: Fundamentals of Oral Communication OR STA 161: Interpersonal Communication OR STA 211: Managing Conflict 

Social Science (12 credit hours)

History Electives: 
At least one course must be selected from the SUNY General Education list for American History or Western Civilization: Choose from SUNY General Education Course list for Other World Civilizations 

Social Science Elective: One course selected from Anthropology, Geography, Political Science, Sociology

Mathematics and Sciences (10 credit hours minimum)

MTH 144: Elementary Statistics OR MTH 174: Mathematical Probability and Statistics 1 
One Laboratory Science course in Chemistry or Biology chosen from the SUNY General Education Course List 
One additional Mathematics or Science Elective 

Restricted Electives (3 credit hours)

One course chosen from: Anthropology, Art, Criminal Justice, English, Geography, History, Human Services, Journalism, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Speech/Theater Arts, Foreign Language or Natural Sciences 

Psychology Requirements (12 credit hours)

PSY 133: Introduction to Psychology 
PSY 252: Behavioral Statistics and Research Methods in Psychology
Restricted Psychology Electives
Two Psychology courses at the 200 level chosen from the SUNY General Education Course List

Free Elective (3 credit hours)

Physical Education (2 credit hours)

TOTAL 60 credit hours

Program contacts

Cynthia Lonsbary
Assistant Professor of Psychology
(315) 786-6577

Lynn Sprott
Professor of Psychology
(315) 786-2507

Jeri Fairman
Associate Vice President for Liberal Arts 
(315) 786-6542

Application and Admissions Information
Enrollment Services
Jules Center, building 6, suite 6-010
(315) 786-2437 or toll free 1-888-435-6522