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The curriculum will prepare students to demonstrate the following skills; (1) demonstrate fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and empirical findings to discuss how psychological principles apply to behavioral phenomena; (2) develop knowledge and skills in the methods of scientific inquiry and critical thinking; (3) demonstrate knowledge and skills relevant to a psychologist’s ethical responsibility in work and society; (4) demonstrate knowledge and skills relevant to a psychologist’s social responsibility to multicultural and global concerns; and (5) demonstrate written and/or oral communication skills on topics within the study of psychology.

Program Details

Students are prepared to transfer to a college or university to major in Psychology. Specifically, students should demonstrate the following skills. Students will: (1) demonstrate fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and empirical findings to discuss how psychological principles apply to behavioral phenomena; (2) develop knowledge and skills in the methods of scientific inquiry and critical thinking; (3) demonstrate knowledge and skills relevant to a psychologist’s ethical responsibility in work and society; (4) demonstrate knowledge and skills relevant to a psychologist’s social responsibility to multicultural and global concerns; and (5) demonstrate written and/or oral communication skills on topics within the study of psychology.

Transfer Opportunities

In order to learn more about possible transfer opportunities associated with this program of study please visit: https://www.nvcc.edu/transfer/. Students interested in transferring should contact an advisor or counselor to further discuss their plans.

Credit for Prior Learning

Northern Virginia Community College accepts industry-standard certifications, credentials and/or professional courses for credit. Broadly, licenses, credentials and/or certifications must be current and valid for consideration. For more information regarding the status of the certification and its eligibility for credit, please see an advisor or faculty members in the discipline area that awards CPL credit.

The most current information can be found here for CPL: Certifications and Credentials.

Program Degrees and Certificates

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Career Prospects

In 2017, of the millions of people with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology as their highest degree, 24% were not in the workforce, 4% were unemployed and 72% were employed. The majority of those working were employed in management, professional services and sales and marketing. Forty-four percent of the people who earn a Bachelor’s degree go on to earn a Master’s degree in psychology or other field or a Doctoral degree. Of those who earn their Master’s degree most are counselors, psychologists or social workers. Of those who earn their Doctorate, most are psychologists, counselors or professors. To learn more visit https://www.apa.org/workforce/data-tools/careers-psychology.

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