Psychology (PSY)

The Psychology Department of Sinclair Community College is devoted to providing quality education in the study of human behavior through both the traditional classroom setting and distance learning environments. With an academically diverse faculty that reflect the many differing philosophies and subfields of psychology, we are committed to meeting the academic needs of all of our students. We count among our department's strengths, our unilateral dedication to effective teaching, our ongoing efforts to maintain a variety of courses and educational formats, and our deep appreciation for the richly diverse student population that comes to us with a variety of personal and academic backgrounds.

Why Take Psychology?

Good question! But have you ever wondered if newborn babies really think and remember their experiences? Or have you questioned how your brain works and why it sometimes "fails" to work? Maybe you would like a better understanding of your teenager, your spouse, or your aging parents? Have you ever wondered why your golf game seems to get worse the harder you try? Or perhaps you would like to learn more about psychological disorders such as depression and schizophrenia? Possibly you could use a refresher on stress management and burnout? Would you like to know why drugs affect your brain and behavior? Or maybe you just want your dog to come when you call him and so a little more knowledge about learning theory would help? These and a thousand more questions that all of us ask in our everyday lives constitute the subject matter of psychology, a field that   that applies the scientific method to discover the answers to such questions!

Personal Growth

Personal growth is one of the many reasons that students at Sinclair take psychology courses. Just as you might take a course to improve your computer skills or perhaps your golf swing, you might come to the Psychology Department to learn about Sports Psychology, Stress Management, Adolescent and Adult Development, African-American Psychology, etc. Be sure to check out our Course Descriptions page to learn more about all of the exciting options we can offer you!

Pursuit of a Technical Degree

Pursuit of a technical degree is another reason our students come to us. Sinclair offers many two year Associate’s degrees and many of these programs include psychology courses as part of their core requirements. All of these programs typically require completion of an Introductory Psychology course to give you an overall understanding of human behavior; then add two or three more courses from the wide array of our curriculum. Sinclair's Academic Divisions page can direct you to these many technical programs.

Enrollment in the University Parallel Program

Enrollment in the University Parallel Program is still a third reason our students come to us. The Liberal Arts, Communication, and Social Sciences Division of Sinclair Community College offers the Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree as the highest level that can be attained.  After successful completion of your A.A. in Liberal Arts at Sinclair, you will be well on your way toward completing your University Baccalaureate program for your B.A. or B.S. degree. Be sure to work closely with your academic counselor to be sure you are taking the most appropriate courses for your program of study.