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A young woman in the Liberal Arts: Psychology degree program, leaning her arm on a table and smiling.
If you understand how the mind works, and the impact this has on human behavior, you can prepare for a variety of helping professions including counselor, social worker, family advocate and more with NECC’s Liberal Arts: Psychology degree.

Why Choose NECC?

Because many psychology-related occupations require a bachelor’s degree, you’ll save thousands of dollars on your education by first completing foundational coursework at NECC and then taking advantage of MassTransfer Pathways or other transfer agreements. With this program you will:

  • Take key courses in biology, physiology, sociology, and behavioral science
  • Complete introductory-level psychology courses
  • Be able to use knowledge and skills gained in the program in leadership positions at student clubs and organizations
  • Benefit from NECC’s exceptional student support services and sequential approach to learning

Because of NECC

Mass Transfer - links goes to the Mass Department of Ed Mass Transfer website

You will be well prepared to continue your education and earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology or a related field. After completing the Associate Degree in Liberal Arts: Psychology you can:

  • Take advantage of MassTransfer Pathways and other transfer agreements to earn your bachelor’s degree in a number of fields, while saving thousands of dollars on the cost of your degree
  • Prepare for careers in psychology, education, social work, administration, and more


Top 10

Liberal Arts: Psychology
is one of NECC’s top ten
largest programs


Northern Essex allowed me to get on track academically. It prepared me well for transfer to a four-year university.”

Carlos Rivera, Liberal Arts Psychology and Biology

Program Pathway

A pathway is the most efficient sequence of courses semester-to-semester recommended for students to complete their degree. View the suggested pathway for the Liberal Arts: Psychology Associate Degree.

Learning Outcomes

Program Outcomes

At the end of this program, students will…. Outcome 1: Acquire General Knowledge Base in Psychology – Objective 1.1: Identify and apply major psychological concepts, principles, and theoretical perspectives – Objective 1.2: Communicative effectively using APA standards Outcome 2: Explain Scientific Inquiry and Demonstrate Critical Thinking – Objective 2.1: Interpret and design basic psychological research – Objective 2.2: Apply information literacy skills Outcome 3: Develop Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World – Objective 3.1: Demonstrate ethical standards when collaborating with others – Objective 3.2: Develop values and respect for individual differences Outcome 4: Develop Meaningful Professional Direction for Life after Graduation – Objective 4.1: Describe various specializations, careers, and educational pathways within the field of Psychology

Courses and Requirements



Program Coordinator

Program Coordinator

Krista Titone

Psychology Program Coordinator

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