The Associate in Arts in Psychology degree program is designed to familiarize students with psychological concepts and perspectives from various sub-disciplines in Psychology. We encourage students to apply them to their understanding of the self, as well as to the social world. Through the process of gaining a "psychological imagination," students will acquire the abilities to explore the world critically, recognizing the complexity of human affairs, and to comprehend the relationship between individual experiences and biological, cognitive, psychodynamic, psychosocial and socio-cultural forces that shape their actions.
The Psychology degree program provides a course of study that enables students to acquire the knowledge and skills required to function effectively in the ever-changing work world, the social world, and in the world of advanced academia. Our degree program prepares students especially well to continue their education at the baccalaureate level and beyond.
While most classes are delivered using the traditional lecture venue, some level of access to a computer and to the college-utilized Learning Management System, Desire2Learn (D2L), is required. Free access to computers is available to all enrolled students in the Learning Resources Center (LRC), the Student Center Building, and in the academic division computer labs, including the Social Sciences Division computer lab.
The Psychology degree program requires the completion of 27 credit hours of Psychology courses and other related courses, along with the General Education requirements. In general, this is an Associate's degree program that lasts four semesters. Program requirements (PDF)
What Is Required of a student?
The Associate in Arts in Psychology degree program requires students to complete all 39 credit hours of the general education requirements necessary for all degree programs. The Psychology program has 3 required core courses and 10 elective Psychology courses that students can choose from to meet the 27-hour minimum requirement. At the completion of this program, students should be able to apply these concepts to everyday life situations, as well as exercise and expand critical thinking and communication skills to engender life-long learning and thus amplify fulfillment in their personal and professional relationships.
What Happens After Graduation?
Many of our graduates continue their educational journey on the baccalaureate level by transferring their degree credits to a four-year college or university. Some of those students pursue a graduate degree as preparation for a career in psychology. Others find their niche in the ever-changing work world, utilizing the knowledge and skills they acquired in the Rose State College Psychology degree program to make their contributions to the community and to society at large.
Why Choose the Psychology Program?
We have well-qualified full-time and adjunct faculty with graduate degrees and important work experience in the field of psychology. This faculty is also diverse in terms of race, gender, and age, and they create a learning environment that is both inclusive and stimulating. The faculty members are accessible, friendly, student-centered, and vested in students’ success.
Our class sizes are small, allowing students to have more one-on-one time with the professor. Also, small classes afford the opportunity to interact with the professor and with other students during class discussions common in psychology classes at Rose State.
All of our courses transfer to other colleges and universities. The college provides tutors in psychology, assistance to students with disabilities that prevent them from reading exams or utilizing the technology offered by the college, a career exploration assessment program, and self-improvement workshops that our Psychology students find engaging.