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Psychology Concentration

Liberal Arts:
Humanities and Social Sciences A.A.
Psychology Concentration

The A.A. Degree Program in Liberal Arts: Humanities and Social Sciences Psychology Concentration prepares students for academic success in baccalaureate transfer programs in Psychology and related disciplines, and it provides seamless transfer to Psychology and related programs at four year SUNY institutions. The Concentration introduces students to theories of psychology, as well as to research and statistical methodologies.

The program prepares graduates to:

Goal I: Demonstrate proficiency in communication by

  • Writing a variety of texts in their core courses
  • Presenting orally
  • Communicating in a language other than English

Goal II: Examine ideas and issues from multiple perspectives by

  • Analyzing different cultural perspectives in the humanities, social sciences and the arts
  • Analyzing different theoretical perspectives in the humanities, social sciences and the arts

Goal III: Demonstrate analytical and creative problem solving approaches by

  • Applying meta-literacy skills to locate, select, evaluate, and use information in an ethical manner from a variety of print and electronic resources
  • Identifying the methods natural scientists and social scientists use to explore natural and social phenomena
  • Using mathematical reasoning
  • Formulating, analyzing, and evaluating arguments

Goal IV: Prepare students to transfer to communication-related majors at 4-year SUNY institutions

  • Introducing students to diverse communication styles including media writing and visual communication
  • Introducing students to diverse employment opportunities in the area of communications


The Psychology Concentration satisfies the SUNY Transfer Pathways and facilitates seamless transfer, as juniors, to SUNY psychology programs. SUNY Schenectady also has transfer agreements with numerous private colleges and universities including Maria College and Siena College, so that students can transfer seamlessly into psychology programs at those institutions.

B.S. Human Development
University at Albany Transfer Track

In addition to the major of Psychology, students will have the opportunity upon successfully completion of the Psychology Concentration: Humanities and Social Sciences A.A. degree to transfer into the Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development at the University at Albany. The Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development explores human psychological, social, cognitive and emotional changes across the lifespan. The University at Albany offers concentrations in Counseling Psychology, Educational Psychology, Peer Assistance and Leadership, and Special Education.


The Psychology Concentration is driven by experienced and dedicated faculty who work closely with students within the program. Our faculty are Credential Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselors (CASAC), Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC), Licensed Certified Social Workers (LCSW), and other licensed professionals who bring decades of community experience to the classroom. They come from a variety of settings including:

  • Ellis Hospital
  • New Choices Recovery Center
  • Conifer Park
  • St. Peter’s Hospital (SPARC)
  • New York State Office of Mental Health
  • Schenectady ARC

Educational and Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the Psychology Concentration at SUNY Schenectady may continue their education and/or pursue careers in a variety of fields including:

  • Mental Health
  • Substance Abuse and Addiction
  • Education
  • Medicine
  • Criminal Justice
  • Business
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Degree Plan

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Degree Plan