Psychology Concentration, Arts & Sciences AA

Get psyched for a degree in Psychology!


Our strong partnerships, personalized attention and contemporary approaches make Carroll the best place to study Psychology. 

Through the Psychology discipline, we gain a better understanding of how infants, children, adolescents and adults think, change, behave and interact in contemporary society. 

Students in Carroll’s Psychology program will gain knowledge of many sub-fields of psychology including Human Development, Adolescence, Social Psychology, Counseling, Clinical Psychology and Human Sexuality. Students leave our program better prepared to think critically, research new perspectives and communicate effectively regarding applied issues. 

Why Carroll for your Psychology AA degree:

  • Campus events and psychology organizations such as Carroll Undergraduate Psychology Society (CUPS) provide students opportunities to learn outside the classroom.
  • Free OER (Open Educational Resource) textbooks, in selected classes, provide affordable content. 
  • Opportunities to complete psychological internships under faculty supervision.
  • Articulation agreements with many 4-year universities better enable our students to transfer seamlessly.
  • Our Psychology Advisory Board, consisting of community mental health professionals, educators and teaching faculty, allow Carroll to better serve students. 

    “I had always had somewhat of an interest in the psych field, but it wasn't until Psych 101 that truly sparked a love for the field. [The instructor] brought the content to life and, above all, truly showed by example that Psychology in general requires a desire to help and love others.” 
    –Wayne Tate, Carroll Psychology student
    "[The instructor] made me realize how much deeper the field of Psychology goes without taking away any of my interest… I think if I was learning all this background information by myself, I would completely lose interest in the topic, but I haven't and in fact have become even more interested." 
    –Kayla Treichel, Carroll Psychology student

Psychology Concentration, Arts & Sciences AA

Faculty Advisor: Eric Hess Phone: 410-386-8257 Email: The Arts and Sciences Psychology Concentration provides students with knowledge and skills related to the psychological and emotional needs of individuals; basic terminology; major theories; and insight into psychological development. Carroll students are expected to check with their chosen transfer institution and consult with a Carroll academic advisor along with ARTSYS,, in selecting General Education and elective courses. See page 38 for information about the psychology honor society, Psi Beta. The following courses are required for this concentration; some courses fulfill General Education requirements: BIOL-101, PSYC-101, PSYC-211 and MATH-115 or MATH-121.

Program Requirements

  • The following courses are required for this concentration; some courses have been applied to General Education requirements: BIOL-101, PSYC-101, PSYC-211 and MATH-115 or MATH-121. Select additional classes according to transfer requirements.

General Education Requirements

Psychology Concentration Electives

  • Take 23 elective credits: Refer to ARTSYS and the receiving institution's catalog to select transferable courses, as necessary to meet the 60 credit degree total.

General Education Diversity Requirement

  • Take 2 Diversity-designated General Education courses (courses used to satisfy other requirements may also satisfy this requirement):

Carroll faculty members are scholars, researchers and distinguished leaders who are selected for their academic and industry credentials as well as for their teaching abilities.

Eric D. Hess, M.S.

Discipline Coordinator of Psychology 

Prof. Hess earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and his Master’s in Psychology with a concentration in Child and Adolescent Development. He is currently pursuing a doctorate degree focusing on Equity and Diversity in Education. A Developmentalist at heart, he has taught the content in different departments at various institutions. He has also worked in the public school system with students in a behavioral learning environment. His research interests are varied, but largely consist of gender and sexuality, religion, emotional development and any of the previous topics’ connections with ADHD. 

Monica Zilioli, M.A.

Professor of Psychology

Upon completing her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Zilioli earned her Master’s in Psychology. Her research interests consist of neuropsychological disorders, the teaching of psychology, and sports psychology. She has worked in previous institutions as a Career Counselor for STEM/Pre-Med students and as an Academic Counselor for student athletes. 

PsychologyProfessorCarroll offers an exceptional education at an extraordinary value. In addition, the  transfer agreements between Carroll and many regional 4-year institutions, such as Stevenson and Towson Universities (see Career & Transfer) include scholarships, degree completion incentives and other transfer incentives.  

What does this program cost?

Carroll’s Associate of Arts in Psychology degree consists of four semesters of full-time study. You can complete your Associate degree for less than the cost of one year at a 4-year college or university. Visit the Tuition and Fees page for the latest rates.

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Graduates of our program typically transfer to a 4-year university to complete their Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Some will continue their education to pursue advanced degrees in Psychology or related areas of study. Still others may go on to study psychiatric nursing. 


Graduates of our program may go straight to working as a behavioral specialist, addictions counselor or another Associate-level behavioral professional. Psychology professionals can be found in schools, universities, hospitals, research and mental health facilities. This exceptionally versatile field allows Carroll to partner with community advocates, professional athletics, criminal justice and business/consulting specialists.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of psychologists is projected to grow 14% from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations, with increased demand for psychological services in schools, hospitals, mental health centers and social service agencies.

Mission Statement

The Social Science program offers courses that examine the ways in which individuals, groups, institutions or segments of societies behave, function and influence one another. We introduce students to a variety of methods to collect, analyze, interpret and apply qualitative and quantitative data as related to social phenomenon and individual behavior. A global perspective is emphasized to enable students to make responsible and informed decisions.

Program Goals

  1. Describe common theories used in the field of psychology.
  2. Apply psychological concepts to real-world situations. 
  3. Explain the sociocultural influences on human behavior, mental health and human development.
  4. Evaluate basic psychological research.
  5. Cite appropriately using correct APA formatting.