Associate in Arts – Psychology

The Associate in Arts (AA) degree is designed for students who want to pursue a four-year degree in one of the liberal arts disciplines or training at a professional school that requires a strong liberal arts background. Upon transfer, students who earn the Associate in Arts degree generally major in fields such as anthropology, business, communication, economics, English, foreign language, geography, history, humanities, music, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, and sociology.

Earning a degree in Psychology opens up many occupational opportunities for you. In the field of psychology, mental health and psychiatric technician jobs are available, but usually more advanced positions require a graduate degree. The good news is that businesses love psychology graduates.  The insights into human behavior are critical in human resources and social services occupations but extend into many other fields. Sales representatives, advertising specialists, career consultants, probation officers, marketing researchers, and even writers: all benefit from the insights of a psychological perspective. 

Credentialing Options

Career Opportunities

Studying psychology provides a range skills that that lend themselves to both science and the arts. Some graduates become professional psychologists with additional education, but many go on to work in related fields.

Frequently Asked Questions

You will need to follow the general enrollment process for GTCC, found here.  During the advising process you will have the opportunity to indicate your desire to study within this curriculum. Your advisor will help you sign up for the specific courses you need.

Henry Fierro, Instructor, Psychology
(336) 334-4822, Extension: 50189
Davis Hall 320

Dr. Julie Grimes, Instructor, Psychology
(336) 334-4822, Extension: 50742
Davis Hall 211

Dr. George Ritchie, Instructor, Psychology
(336) 334-4822, Extension: 50458
Davis Hall 322

Stephen Turner, Division Chair, Humanities & Social Sciences 
(336) 334-4822, Extension: 50642
Davis Hall 304-A

John Withrow, Instructor, Social Science
(336) 334-4822, Extension: 50575
Greensboro Campus Center 116

Yes, for qualified students. Visit our Financial Aid web page to learn more.

The division of Humanities and Social Sciences offer classes in three formats: face-to-face, hybrid, and online.  Face-to-face classes meet in a physical classroom, typically two or three times a week.  Hybrid classes use a mixture of online and face-to-face formats.  While part of the class meets in a physical classroom, the rest of the class meets online.  Online classes meet completely online.  In most cases, there are no class periods in a physical classroom. 

Contact: (336) 334-4822, ext. 50342;

The North Carolina Global Scholars of Distinction Program is a global honors program open to all Guilford Technical Community College curriculum students, regardless of your program of study. Upon completion of   the requirements, you will graduate as a global scholar of distinction with the designation on your transcript and diploma.

 As a partnership between GTCC and the World View Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the NC Global Scholars of Distinction program enables you to develop the global competencies and skills needed for the 21st-century workforce.

A “global scholar of distinction” on your diploma will show employers and transfer institutions that you have an understanding of global cultural, political, and historical information uncommon in the general student population.

While all colleges and universities in the United States recognize most classes taken at GTCC, there are specific agreements between North Carolina Community Colleges and the UNC system which allow you to transfer more easily to the state university of your choice.  While GTCC students have transferred many places, the majority of our students transfer to The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, North Carolina A&T State University, Appalachian State University, The University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and The University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  Your advisor and The Student Success Center will help you at every step to insure your successful and easy transfer.

The cost of classes at a college or university is called tuition.  Colleges and universities typically define tuition by credit hour, and tuition is, generally, significantly cheaper at a community college than a university.  For example, the cost of a credit hour at GTCC is $76 for in-state students and $268 for out-of-state students; the cost of a credit hour at a regional university is $552 for in-state students and $1814 for out-of-state students.  For a full-time student taking 15 hours at GTCC, the cost for tuition for an in-state student will be $1140* for a semester; the cost for tuition for this same student at a regional university would be $8280 for a semester.  For most students, attending a community college is a cheaper alternative to higher education than a state university.

*Please note that these figures do not include relevant fees or available financial aid.

Psychology courses are available on every GTCC campus and online.

GTCC and UNCG have a created a co-admission agreement for Psychology majors. Through the agreement, you will gain admission to both institutions and take your first two years of courses at GTCC (resulting in an Associate of Arts). You then seamlessly enter UNCG with junior standing for the final two years of course work (resulting in a Bachelor of Arts). As a part of a cohort of students, you will take all classes together while at GTCC, participate in special extra-curricular activities designed for the cohort, enjoy use of many UNCG facilities, engage in work in the UNCG Psychology labs during the first two years, and have specialized advising at both institutions. For more information, contact Dr. Julie Grimes, Department Chair of Social Sciences at, 336-334-4822 Ext. 50742. Also see information at the UNCG G-Squared web page.