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News: Pasadena City College to Offer Sociology and Psychology Degrees

Pasadena City College will now be able to offer students degrees in sociology and psychology as part of a pathway to the California State University system (CSU).

The new degrees were created as a result of the Student Transfer Agreement Reform Act (SB 1440 – Padilla). The legislation enables the California Community Colleges and California State University to collaborate on the creation of associate in arts degree and associate in science degree transfer programs. The new law requires community colleges to grant an associate degree for transfer to a student once he/she has met specified general education and major requirements for the degree. Upon completion of the associate degree, the student is eligible for transfer with junior standing into the CSU system.

Students who complete the degree are given guaranteed admission into the CSU system, and further are given priority consideration when applying to a particular program that is similar to the student’s community college major.

The sociology degree focuses on the scientific study of society, social institutions, and social relationships. Psychology is the scientific study of human and animal behavior and mental processes, including cognition, emotion, sensation, perception and interaction.

In pursuing the Associate in Arts in Psychology for transfer degree, students acquire skills in research, information gathering, and analytic thinking. Students majoring in psychology develop critical thinking, problem solving and written and verbal communication skills.

As psychology majors, students have learning opportunities that are relevant to many types of careers, including business, education, government, nonprofit organizations and within health and human services etc.
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Release Date: 10/20/2011
Contact: Juan F. Gutierrez , Director, Public Relations
Phone: (626) 585-7315

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