This site is best viewed in Firefox, Chrome, Safari, or EdgeX

Expand Your Understanding of Human Behavior and Your Career Options

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


Courses and Requirements


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.

Program Outcomes

Program Outcomes

NECC Psychology Outcomes based on APA Guidelines 2.0 Foundation Indicators

Outcome 1: Knowledge Base in Psychology Outcomes Students will:

Objective 1.1 Describe key concepts, principles, and overarching themes in psychology

Objective 1.2 Develop a working knowledge of psychology’s content domains

Objective 1.3 Describe applications of psychology

Outcome  2: Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking Outcomes Students will:

Objective 2.1 Use scientific reasoning to interpret psychological phenomena

Objective 2.2 Demonstrate psychology information literacy

Objective 2.3 Engage in innovative and integrative thinking and problem solving

Objective 2.4 Interpret, design, and conduct basic psychological research

Objective 2.5 Incorporate sociocultural factors in scientific inquiry

Outcome 3. Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World

Objective 3.1 Apply ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice

Objective 3.2 Build and enhance interpersonal relationships

Objective 3.3 Adopt values that build community at local, national, and global levels

Outcome  4: Communication

Objective 4.1 Demonstrate effective writing for different purposes

Objective 4.2 Exhibit effective presentation skills for different purposes

Objective 4.3 Interact effectively with others

Outcome  5: Professional Development

Objective 5.1 Apply psychological content and skills to career goals

Objective 5.2 Exhibit self-efficacy and self-regulation

Objective  5.3 Refine project management skills

Objective 5.4 Enhance teamwork capacity

Objective 5.5  Develop meaningful professional direction for life after graduation


Program Coordinator

Program Coordinator

Krista Titone

Psychology Program Coordinator

Print View
Get Maps and Diretions