The scientific study of human and animal behavior may be right for you if you have a desire to help people or you enjoy learning about yourself and others. Psychology is a rewarding field with a diverse range of careers across many settings including: schools, hospitals, research, and social service. With many specialty areas available, you will be encouraged to expand your knowledge of psychological theory, enhance your critical thinking and communication skills, apply scientific principles to the interpretation of data, and think about how psychology applies to the diverse world around you as you prepare for professional practice. Psychology is one of the most popular choices for a college major because it will prepare you to understand human behavior and serves as a foundation for many careers.
Psychology (Associate of Arts)
The Psychology degree provides the first two years of college for students preparing for a career in psychology, counseling or a related field. The Psychology degree emphasizes the scientific study of behavioral and mental processes, with a focus on expanding students’ general knowledge of psychological theory while also enhancing skills of scientific inquiry and critical thinking. Specific course work will focus on student ethical awareness and social integrity, communication skills across diverse presentation modalities, and application of psychological related theory to professional development. This program is designed primarily for students desiring to transfer to a four-year college or university to earn a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Students selecting this program should consult with an academic advisor early in the program.
Required Courses & Learning Outcomes
See a list of required courses and learning outcomes for this program in the college catalog.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the different areas of psychology?
Of all majors, psychology is one of the most diverse, as it offers students a number of ways to apply their course of study. While some individuals in the field of psychology are specifically interested in clinical work or research, others apply psychology to healthcare or business. There has also been increased interest in the application of psychology to school and forensic settings.
What can I do with a bachelor’s degree in psychology?
The field of psychology is widely applicable to a number of careers. Many individuals with a bachelor’s degree in psychology pursue higher levels of education, which provides the opportunity to work within the professional services, like counseling, human services, or legal. Additionally some individuals will use their degree for teaching or research based careers. Other individuals apply their psychology degrees to fields like sales or management.
What is the difference between psychology and social work?
Both psychologists and social works are focused on improving the lives of others, and while the focus of their work may be similar, there are differences between the two fields. Psychologists primarily work to understand human behavior and mental functioning, spending time diagnosing mental health issues and providing psychological treatment. Social work, in comparison, focuses on working within the social service system to help individuals find solutions to mental health or poverty related issues. The coursework required for each degree is relatively different and students are encouraged to look at the required courses to understand the courses necessary. Both fields require individuals to receive education past a bachelor’s degree for professional practice.
Where should I go if I have questions about careers or the psychology major?
The faculty within the department are a wonderful resource to discuss any questions or concerns you have about the major. Faculty can be reached by email and have office hours where they welcome students to discuss these topics. Additionally, the American Psychological Association website, www.apa.org, has a number of wonderful resources to help undergraduate students.
Admissions & Advising
Whether transferring coursework to Cecil College or transferring your completed degree or certificate to a four-year institution, transfer is a viable option to help meet your educational goals.
Cecil College has strong partnerships with institutions in the region such as Arcadia University and Salisbury University among many others. In addition, Cecil College has articulation agreements with Wilmington University, as well as Maryland and regional institutions. Recent undergraduate students have attended a variety of institutions including: University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), University of Maryland, University of Delaware, St. Mary’s College, Washington College, Towson University, and DeSales University.
Transfer information for Maryland colleges and universities is available through the Articulation System of Maryland (ARTSYS) website at www.artsys.usmd.edu. Additional transfer information can be found on the Transfer Agreements page.
Meredith Lutz Stehl
Department Chair, Psychology
Ph.D., Drexel University
Residency, Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children
Fellowship, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
M.A., Washington College
Our adjunct faculty hold advanced degrees in their fields and bring a wide array of practical experiences into the classroom.