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Bergen Community College offers an Associate of Art degree in Psychology for students who are interested in the field of psychology and how psychologists work as therapists, counselors, clinicians, social workers, and other roles where an understanding of the mind, personality, and mental disorders can be utilized in order to help others and improve understanding of issues related to the mind. Students will learn about the fundamentals of the field of psychology and understand the relevance of psychology in global society.
The program consists of classroom courses, which emphasize real-world education through examination of cases and education that will be applicable on the job. Those classes include western civilization, modern Europe, 20th century United States, statistics, college algebra, oral communications, public speaking, English composition, world geography, computer science, the humanities, and more.
Through completion of the program, students will have demonstrated the professionalism and skill necessary to earn the degree. The qualifications demonstrate that the student has been able to apply the principles they learned in the program into their eventual development as a functional affective professional in their field. These qualifications include but are not limited to: the ability to demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology, to respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and a scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes, to understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues, and to apply cultural competencies to effective and sensitive interactions with people from diverse backgrounds and cultural perspectives.
Requires 64-66 credit hours for completion. High school diploma or GED equivalent.
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Middle States Commission on Higher Education
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