Program Overview

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.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education


    Requires 64-66 credit hours for completion. High school diploma or GED equivalent.

    School Overview

    In the 1960s, community members of Bergen County, New Jersey, worked to establish a higher learning facility to serve the needs of local students. In 1965, Bergen Community College was officially established and construction began. The first students enrolled in the fall of 1968. Since its founding, Bergen Community College continues to accommodate growing educational needs of the region. Today, Bergen Community College maintains the main campus at Paramus, along with additional branches at Hackensack and Lyndhurst.

    Bergen Community College awards associate’s degrees and certificate programs. The associate's degrees provide students with the opportunity to transfer into four-year institutions. In order to meet the needs of students with multiple demands and time constraints, Bergen Community College offers distance learning. Classes are conducted online or through a hybrid format, and students have access to support services, such as online tutoring and the online library database. All classes meet the same standards as on-campus counterparts. Online classes feature asynchronous learning complete with tests, writing assignments, reading, discussions and other homework. At times, students may be required to complete proctored exams. Bergen Community College also offers complete online degree and certificate programs.


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