Degrees and Programs

Associate of Arts in Psychology

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Why Choose Psychology?

In this program, you'll study topics like abnormal psychology, cognitive psychology, human development, human sexuality, and social psychology. Coursework covers the development and testing of the theories in these areas, as well as how they are applied to real-world situations. This program is very similar to the program offered at the Dayton Campus. You can seamlessly transfer to either the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the Dayton Campus or continue in the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the Lake Campus.

This program is designed to prepare you for a variety of careers including administration, advertising, community relations, human resources, human services, marketing, research, education, and more. You will also develop valuable skills including how to apply psychological theory, communicate effectively, collect and analyze data, and interpreting statistical information. This degree program provides a foundation to build further education while providing you with skills that will benefit you in the workforce now and in the future.


Graduates in psychology can go on to work in the arts, business management, conflict mediation, consulting, counseling/therapy, criminal justice, education, engineering, human resources, government, marketing, the military, public service, rehabilitation, sales, social policy, sports, and many others. Our graduates have gone on to graduate school, as well as careers with the Ohio Department of Social Services, to work on opioid addiction prevention and strategies in Ohio, and the Mercer County Board of Developmental Disabilities. We also encourage students to take an introductory course in psychology careers that will allow them to explore different careers in the field.

View the psychology program profile for sample occupations, average salary, and employment projections. 

Real-World Experience

We arm our students with the knowledge and experiences they need to transition from student to professional. Students gain hands-on experience through a variety of community-based programs, service-learning opportunities, internships, and research projects. You will participate in field experiences like interviews at nursing homes, as well as opportunities to participate in research with a faculty member or supervised independent research.

We also work to arm you with skills that will translate to any career field or graduate education choice. You will develop excellent communication and writing skills in your courses and learn proper research methods, learning how to conduct research and how to look for what is important. Ultimately, you will learn to take complicated scientific information and turn it into something that is valuable and easy for the general population to understand. No matter what job or career you choose, the ability to take in data, process it, and report that information in useful way will benefit you.

Academics and Curriculum

View Associate of Arts in Psychology program information, degree requirements, and graduation planning strategy in the Academic Catalog.


Review the admission requirements and complete the admission application. Identify whether you will be majoring in psychology.

If you are a current student and wish to change majors, go to the WINGS Express major/minor change request form and change your major.  If you are an undecided/exploratory student, talk to your advisor about majoring in psychology.

Contact Information

Dave Hochstein, Ph.D.
Associate Professor


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