Author: Dr. Lindsay Oram, NCMC Psychology Instructor

Have you ever stopped to wonder what causes someone to think a certain way or what causes you to act in the way that you do? Psychology courses look at important questions such as why do people think and act the way they do? How do we learn and change throughout our lives? How does culture influence our behavior? What motivates us? How do we learn? What contributes to the development of psychological disorders? There are probably a thousand reasons to study psychology. One stands out – it’s fascinating! If you are interested in a deeper understanding of the human mind, you should consider studying psychology. Psychology courses at NCMC help lay the foundation for those interested in a psychology career. NCMC has been hard at work developing the Associate in Arts: Psychology (AA) to facilitate a more seamless transfer pathway for those interested in a psychology degree. However, information and skills learned in psychology classes benefit students from many other degree programs or for those who simply want to learn more about the human mind.

The Psychology Department at NCMC offers a range of courses to students. General Psychology is the most frequently taken course from the Psychology Department and is a great place to start. The course is offered fall, spring, and summer semesters in both online and on-ground formats. Besides meeting the Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement for many degree programs, the course content is important. For example, this course teaches students about human development, motivation, memory, learning theory, stress and stress reduction, personality, emotions, language and communication, social interactions, and decision-making. A General Psychology student commented, “I had no idea there was so much you could learn about the human mind. This class helped me learn why humans do what they do.”

Once students have successfully completed General Psychology, there are several additional psychology options at NCMC. Human Growth and Development is a popular choice for students interested in learning more about how humans develop across the lifespan. Child Psychology is a course that focuses on psychological basis of child growth and development, with emphasis on the emotional, mental, physical, and social needs of childhood. This is a common choice among those interested in working with children. Social Psychology focuses on how individual behavior is impacted by societal influences. Abnormal Psychology discusses psychological disorders and treatments. It is an ideal course for anyone interested in working in the health professions, although certainly not limited to only those students. Several of these courses are offered as dual credit on the Trenton campus, online, and at the Savannah Campus. See the NCMC course schedule for availability each semester.

Overall, the Psychology Department at NCMC has several options available for students at NCMC, whether or not they plan to pursue a career in psychology. If you have any questions about the psychology courses or the transfer pathway, please contact Dr. Lindsay Oram at [email protected].

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