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Why choose Psychology at PCC?

Portland Community College classes are small and taught by faculty who care about your learning. Our student body is very diverse – because of this, you will encounter a range of perspectives as you study human behavior, emotions, and mental processes.

Degrees and certificates

Degrees and certificates by number of terms to complete
Award Length Financial aid eligible Currently accepting students?
University transfer 2 years at PCC + 2 years at university

What will you learn?

Courses in psychology will give you an excellent foundation for working in many fields, including health care, business, sales and marketing, social service, and education. Psychology classes are designed to help you gain a better understanding of yourself and others. You will gain insight into how people think, feel, and interact with one another. This kind of information can be useful for almost any job and can help you in your daily life.

What will you do?

Psychology classes can be used to satisfy the Social Science requirements of an associate degree. Associate and bachelor’s degrees are most helpful for entry-level positions in:

  • Community mental health agencies
  • Correctional facilities
  • Crisis or rehabilitation centers
  • Government agencies
  • Human resources
  • Senior citizen centers

To have an accountable career in the field of psychology where you make the decisions that guide psychological assessment and treatment, teach, or conduct research, you should earn a master’s or doctorate.

If you are interested in a career in psychology, a great place to get more information is the APA (American Psychological Association) careers in psychology page. Our videos about biological psychology, sport psychology, and psychology and nature further describe these fields.

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