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Why take psychology?

Because it’s fun and practical.  Everyone uses psychology every day: any time you wonder why you or someone else did something (behavior and motivation).  Why do you feel the way you do (emotion)?  Why do (other) people think irrationally (cognition)?  How can you get someone else to do what you want?  We are continually asking these questions relating to the four goals of psychology:

  • to describe behavior
  • to understand behavior
  • to predict behavior
  • to change or manipulate behavior

Being able to understand and apply these skills helps students to improve their thinking, problem solving skills, and interpersonal skills necessary for success on many levels and in many contexts. These are a few brief answers to the question: Why take psychology? 

To help prepare students for careers in psychology, PCC offers PSY 285 - Psychology Seminar and Practicum, a course that provides meaningful, real-world experience in a variety of practicum settings. This course focuses on career paths in psychology at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and provides practical, professional, and technical information that will be useful to anyone considering a degree or career in psychology. If you are interested in a career in psychology, a great place to get more information is the APA (American Psychological Association) careers in psychology page.

Transferable Credits

Although PCC does not offer a degree in psychology, psychology courses are lower division collegiate courses that transfer to a four-year college or university. Psychology courses may transfer as:

  • elective credits
  • program requirement credits
  • and/or graduation requirements for the receiving institution

Students are always encouraged to check with the receiving institution, your PCC academic advisor and the University Transfer website for the most accurate and timely transfer requirement information.

Featured Course

PSY 236 - Psychology of Adult Development and Aging. This course recognizes that development doesn’t end at age 21, or some other arbitrary number, but actually continues throughout the lifespan.  As people worldwide are living longer, understanding the principles of adult development becomes even more important.

What's Next?

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  1. Apply for admission to PCC.
  2. Talk with an academic advisor.
  3. Register for classes.