Social Sciences: Psychology (Liberal Arts & Sciences) (A.A.)

Study psychology at JCC

The Social Sciences degree with a psychology concentration at Jamestown Community College prepares you for transfer to a four-year psychology degree. You can pursue a variety of careers based on your area of specialization and level of education after JCC in fields like psychotherapy, counseling, addictions, politics, marketing, forensic psychology, and developmental psychology.

Psychology is the scientific study of human thought, feeling, and behavior. Psychology majors study the science of people and what explains them as individuals. They use their understanding of people to solve real-world problems and achieve goals in numerous career opportunities.

A four-year and graduate degree can prepare you for roles like practicing or research psychologists. You can also become a psychotherapist or counselor in schools, non-profit treatment centers, and private settings. Social psychologists can work in politics, government, sales, and marketing. Those specializing in disorders can work in the treatment and forensic psychology fields. Developmental psychology graduates can work in school and childcare settings. Others can work in the field of addictions, or work with specialized populations such as those who are victims of trauma or face the challenge of a developmental disorder like autism.

Psychology at JCC teaches you how to understand yourself and others through questioning your actions, the actions of others, and what you observe. While at JCC, you’ll work closely with your advisor to choose your courses and prepare for transferring after graduation. The psychology concentration is a SUNY Transfer Path, which can help you identify core coursework for transfer to four-year SUNY schools. Depending on your career goals, you can work with your advisor to pursue four-year and graduate degrees.

2020 median pay for psychologists: $82,180/year according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Where to study at JCC

Social sciences skills

After you complete the program, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the social science approach by using social science concepts and theories to analyze behaviors or institutions (as appropriate to the discipline). This outcome is to be assessed in 2000-level courses.
  • Explain or demonstrate the methods that social scientists use to explore social phenomena, or to gather and interpret information (as appropriate to the discipline). This outcome is to be assessed in 2000-level courses.

Semester 1

  SUNY
  JCC
Course
Credits
Requirements Met

PSY 1510: General Psychology

3
SUNY: Social Sciences JCC:Scientific Reasoning: Social Sciences

Social Sciences Elective

Recommended:

ANT 1510: Human Evolution and Prehistory or

ANT 1520: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology or

ANT 1530: Comparative Religion or

GEO 1520: World Regional Geography

3
SUNY: Other World Civilizations JCC:Global Perspectives

Mathematics Elective

Recommended:

MAT 1540: Elementary Statistics

3
SUNY: Math JCC:Mathematical Reasoning

ENG 1510: English Composition I

3

INT 1555: Inquire

2
  • Set up shadowing experience with the applied learning office.
  • Visit the Learning Center for support throughout the semester.

Semester 2

  SUNY
  JCC
Course
Credits
Requirements Met

PSY 2510: Life Span Development or

PSY 2520: Child Development

3
SUNY: Social Sciences

Program Core Elective*

Recommended:

HIS 1520: World History since 1500 or

HIS 1530: U.S. History before 1865 or

HIS 1540: U.S. History after 1865 or

HIS 2610: Intro to U.S. Women’s History

3
SUNY: Western Civilization

Mathematics & Sciences Elective*

Recommended:

BIO 1510: Health Science or

MAT 1540: Elementary Statistics

3
SUNY: Math SUNY: Natural Sciences JCC:Mathematical Reasoning

ENG 1530: English Composition II

3
JCC:Oral Communication

Elective

Recommended:

BUS 1500: Intro to Business or

CMM 1510: Intro to Communication or

CRI 1510: Intro to Criminal Justice or

HUS 1210: Intro to Human Services

3
  • *Requirements Met depends on course choice. depends on course choice.

Semester 3

  SUNY
  JCC
Course
Credits
Requirements Met

PSY 2530: Social Psychology

3
SUNY: Social Sciences

Social Sciences Elective*

Choose any 2000 level social science course

3
SUNY: Other World Civilizations SUNY: Social Sciences JCC:Values and Ethics

Natural Sciences Elective

Recommended:

BIO 1500: Human Biology or

BIO 2510: Anatomy & Physiology I or

CHE 1500: Introduction to Chemistry

4
SUNY: Natural Sciences

Humanities Elective

Recommended:

Choose any Art, Music, or Theatre course

3

Elective

Recommended:

ASL 1510: Introductory Sign Language I or

SPA 1510: Introductory Spanish I

3
  • *Requirements Met depends on course choice. depends on course choice.
  • Prepare applications to transfer programs.

Semester 4

  SUNY
  JCC
Course
Credits
Requirements Met

PSY 2560: Abnormal Behavior

3
SUNY: Social Sciences

Program Core Elective

Any 1000 or 2000 level social science course

3
SUNY: Other World Civilizations SUNY: Social Sciences SUNY: Western Civilization JCC:Global Perspectives JCC:Scientific Reasoning: Social Sciences

Elective

Recommended:

ASL 1520: American Sign Language II or

ARA 1520: Introductory Arabic II or

FRE 1520:  Introductory French I or

SPA 1520: Introductory Spanish II

3

Elective

Choose any Liberal Arts and Sciences elective

3

Elective

3-4
  • *Requirements Met depends on course choice. depends on course choice.
  • Complete an internship or other applied learning experience.