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Social and Behavioral Sciences, Psychology (AA)

Social and Behavioral Sciences, Psychology (AA)

Studying psychology helps you understand human behavior and mental processes.

Program Highlights

In the psychology concentration, you will:

  • Develop competency and depth in understanding and interpreting the subject matter presented in your general, developmental, social, and abnormal psychology courses. 
  • Communicate effectively, using written, oral, and visual modes appropriate to their audience and purpose.
  • Understand, analyze, and evaluate numerical data and use it to draw or evaluate conclusions.
  • Analyze, synthesize, and evaluate diverse information, ideas, and perspectives in a contextually appropriate manner.

Overall Requirements

To earn an AA in Social & Behavioral Sciences with a Psychology concentration, you will need to:

  • Earn at least 62 credit hours
  • Complete the Gen Ed Core
  • Complete the Arrupe Mission Core
  • Complete this psychology course:
    • ACPSY 201 General Psychology
  • Complete at least two 200-level ACPSY courses

What Can I Do With an Associate's Degree in Psychology?

Studying psychology helps you understand human behavior and mental processes. This understanding is a marketable skill in a variety of career settings. Additionally, a psychology major promotes cultural competency, scientific literacy, analytical thinking, and interpersonal skills. Earning an Associate of Arts in Social & Behavioral Sciences with a Psychology concentration can lead to jobs in fields such as:

  • Human services
  • Nonprofit administration
  • Public service
  • Corrections

If you decide to pursue a bachelor’s degree, you can continue studying psychology. Alternatively, you might consider majoring in a related field such as neuroscience, social work, sociology, education, public health, cultural studies, anthropology, or health sciences. People who earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology may work in fields such as: 

  • Nonprofit administration
  • Social service specialist
  • Case worker
  • Probation/parole officer
  • Childcare worker
  • Human resources 
  • Research/evaluation associate
  • Behavioral health technician
  • Community organizer
  • Educational administration

If you wish to do counseling or therapy, you can pursue a graduate degree in psychology, counseling, education, or social work. There is a great amount of variety in such degree programs, but common areas include clinical psychology, marriage and family counseling, school psychology, drug and alcohol counseling, and clinical social work. If you want to enter research professions or healthcare, you can pursue a graduate degree in experimental psychology, neuroscience, public health, or rehabilitation psychology.

Learn More

Is psychology the right fit for you? Here are some helpful tips:

  • Browse information about being a psychology major. Check out Loyola’s Psychology department website.
  • It’s also good to look at information provided by psychology departments at other colleges and universities.

Curriculum & Learning Outcomes

Explore the required curriculum and what learning outcomes you can expect with a degree in Liberal Arts with a Concentration in Psychology (AA).

Meet the Faculty

Robert Gutierrez, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor, Psychology

My favorite part of teaching is when these seeming unrelated ideas and theories start to combine and overlap.



While enrolled at Arrupe, you are encouraged to start connecting your interests and skills to different major and career options. Arrupe Career Services is dedicated to supporting students as they prepare for their career pursuits. There are many resources available to assist you:

  • Explore information about careers: The "What Can I Do With This Major?" tool helps you connect majors to a variety of career options and shares strategies to make you a more marketable candidate for the types of careers you want to pursue. You can access this resource within the “Career Tools” box on the Loyola Career Services website. CareerOneStop lets you explore careers and see detailed information about different occupations, including job descriptions, employment outlooks, typical salaries, education required, relevant skills, and more.
  • Browse information about college majors: Every college department has a website. Pick some majors that sound interesting, then visit their department websites. You can look at Loyola departments, or departments at other colleges and universities.
  • Explore your interests: Look for events sponsored by colleges or departments that interest you. You can also look for student organizations focused on your academic interests through LUCommunity.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Because Arrupe College is designed for students with limited financial resources, graduates leave with a high-quality Jesuit education and little to no debt. 

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