Associate in Arts (Transfer)
The Psychology Associate in Arts degree provides comprehensive education in psychology at the freshman and sophomore level as preparation to transfer to a four-year college or university in pursuit of a bachelor's degree in psychology.
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Courses are taught by a well-rounded group of faculty with applied experience, research, and publishing backgrounds in psychology. Instruction is offered in flexible formats including in-person, hybrid, and online to fit student needs.
After completing the degree, students will be prepared to transfer to a four-year institution, and then enter the workforce in social services, business, and government.
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if Full Time
60 Total Credit Hours
What if I attend part-time?
Our Student Success Advisors help with an academic plan that works for you.
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Based on 2023-24
What financial assistance can I receive?
Find the plan right for you by connecting with our Financial Aid office.
AVERAGE CLASS SIZE
average per class
Small class sizes mean more individual attention and a higher rate of success.
View the College Catalog to see a complete list of classes for this program.
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How Do I Get Into the Psychology Program?
A degree in psychology can lead to rewarding careers in a variety of organizations and industries. Talk to an Admissions representative to learn how to get started.
- Complete our quick admissions application. It’s free and easy!
- Apply for financial aid (FAFSA).
- Apply for ICC Scholarships. Just 1 application for over 700 scholarships.
- High school course work in English, science, and social studies is beneficial.
- ICC has dual credit agreements with area high schools where PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology may be offered, and students may earn college credit while in high school.
What Can I Expect As a Psychology Student?
- Students get a broad education in foundational concepts and theories of psychology and human behavior.
- Selected psychology courses complement other programs at ICC such as Health Careers, Education, and the Drug and Alcohol Counselor Training (DACT) program.
- Graduates go on to transfer to four-year colleges including Illinois State University, Bradley University, and the University of Illinois.
- Students who complete a four-year degree in psychology and go on to graduate school can work in mental health systems, drug-alcohol treatment centers, school counseling, or work toward earning licensure in Illinois to become a licensed counselor.
How Am I Going to Manage This?
What if I am working while going to school?
We have you covered. Many of our students are working adults who balance life and school. We have great resources on campus to help keep you going!
What are my options for funding my education?
Do this first: fill out and file your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Even if you don’t want federal aid, this document is used by many scholarship and grant programs to evaluate aid packages.
Look for scholarships and grants first because usually they don’t have to be paid back. The ICC Foundation sponsors some scholarships, and grants may be available from Illinois or federal programs. Other organizations also offer scholarships, and we can help you research those opportunities.
Federally guaranteed student loans can be a smart way to fund college. Think about your transfer plans and what your career looks like. Some sources recommend that you cap your borrowing at the level of what you (realistically!) can expect to earn at your first job after college. So, research careers and pay, too.
Of course, savings, jobs, and work-study are key parts of your budget. Your employer may offer tuition reimbursement. Find the tools to make a complete plan for paying for school.