Program Information

Degree Type: 
Associate in Arts
Year Established: 
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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.

Transfer Information

Transfer Options/Requirements: 

The College has articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to help students who want to transfer to other institutions once they have completed their studies at HFCC.   Articulation agreements ensure that graduates from HFCC can transfer to another institution and work towards a bachelor's degree without a loss of coursework completed at HFCC.  Transfer guides denote the transferability of HFCC coursework toward specific degree programs at other institutions. It is important that students who intend to transfer to another institution consult the appropriate articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to ensure the transferability of the courses they take to the institution they plan to attend. Articulation agreements and transfer guides are available in the University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612,, Learning Resource Center). Some of the institutions students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to include:

Program Requirements

Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
62 (Including Options/Electives)

Degree-Specific Requirements

Degree-Specific Requirements: 

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.

General Education

General Education: 

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.

Requirements are Subject to Change

The information represented here is for the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the Program Evaluation section of WebAdvisor.