The field of psychology approaches the study of human and animal behavior and cognition using the methods of science. Prerequisite topics for more advanced study include the history of psychology, the scientific method, psychological paradigms, biological foundations, psychological processes related to learning, perception, human development and the analysis of healthy and unhealthy personalities. Psychology is also closely related to the other social sciences, including anthropology, sociology, economics, criminology, and political science.
The Associate in Arts program in Psychology is designed for students who will transfer to a university and pursue a bachelor’s degree in psychology. The program offers a wide range of psychology courses, which can further prepare students in areas such as clinical psychology, child psychology and lifespan development, human sexuality, health psychology and educational psychology. The program requirements also include courses that provide a solid foundation in the liberal arts and sciences, as well as courses that are essential to the study of psychology, such as biology, chemistry and statistics. The Associate in Arts program in Psychology also requires at least two semesters of a foreign language.
The study of psychology can lead to a variety of careers. Some psychologists practice therapy or counseling in clinics, hospitals and schools. Others work in business organizations and assist in employee selection and the development of incentive systems. Many teach at colleges and universities and conduct important experimental research. A few work within the legal system as forensic psychologists. There are many other possibilities that can be discussed with any psychology faculty member.
Psychology at Henry Ford Community College provides a range of courses for students in many fields. PSY 131-Introductory Psychology and PSY 253-Lifespan Development are required for the Nursing program and for some other Health Careers programs. PSY 152-Child Psychology is required for students in Education and Child Development. PSY 256-Educational Psychology is also required for Education programs, while PSY 296-The Exceptional Child is required for students pursuing careers in special education. Other popular courses include PSY 165- Human Sexuality, PSY 260-Adolescent Psychology, PSY 251-Abnormal Psychology, PSY-Social Psychology, and PSY 257-Health Psychology.
Required Core Courses
Required Support Courses
Students must also complete the specific degree requirements for the Associate in Arts Degree. Courses listed in the Required Core Courses and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Associate in Arts Degree Requirements when applicable. Developmental courses (developmental courses are those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.
Students must also complete the General Education requirements of the College. Courses listed in the Required Core Courses and/or Required Support Courses, as well as courses used to fulfill requirements of the Associate in Arts degree, may also be used to fulfill General Education when applicable.