Psychology Degrees from Oklahoma City Community College
Enhance your critical thinking while studying for your associate degree in psychology.
Have you ever been puzzled by how people think, feel and act? Psychology is a field that studies the human mind and behavior to better understand and explain interaction of thoughts, emotions and behaviors.
In the study of psychology, students at Oklahoma City Community College learn how the human brain organizes and interprets information and how that interpretation affects a person’s perceptions and interactions with others.
Students working toward an associate degree in arts in psychology also learn more about the complexities of the learning process, motivation and effects of stress on health in addition to understanding psychological disorders and treatments.
Start your educational adventure in psychology today! Complete an online community college admissions application.
OCCC’s Psychology Degree Program Teaches Critical Thinking Skills:
Our dedicated faculty strive to develop accomplished thinkers through challenges for:
- Clarity (Can you give me an illustration of that point?)
- Accuracy (How can we find out if that is true?)
- Precision (Could you be more specific?)
- Relevance (How is that connected to the question?)
- Depth (Are you dealing with the most significant factors?)
- Breadth (Do we need to consider another point of view?)
- Logic (Does what you’re saying really make sense?)
- Fairness (Are we distorting information to maintain our perspective?)
Psychology Degrees at Oklahoma City Community College
At OCCC, you can earn:
- An associate in arts degree in psychology which provides a solid foundation for continued study at a four-year college or university.
Psychology Classes at Oklahoma City Community College
- Introduction to Psychology
- Developmental Psychology
- Personality Theories
- Social Psychology
- Stress Management
- Chemical Dependency
- Psychology of Women
- Behavioral Statistics
- Human Relations
- Human Sexuality
- Ethics in Health & Human Services
You can access OCCC’s online course catalog, which includes details on Oklahoma City Community College psychology degree requirements and psychology class descriptions.
Most psychology classes are offered online as well as on campus – so you can choose the time and pace that’s right for you.
Professor of Psychology
Dr. Jennifer Allen is a Nationally Certified, Board Registered Art Therapist. She practiced in rural community mental health for twelve years in Eastern New Mexico. Her clinical background includes work with children, adolescents, and adults in individual, group and family therapy sessions on an outpatient basis. She also served as the Interim Director of an Intensive Outpatient Day Treatment Program for elementary aged children with severe emotional and behavioral problems. She has taught psychology as an adjunct professor since 2004 in both traditional and online classroom formats. Dr. Allen holds a B.F.A. in Art Therapy and a B.S. in Psychology from Kansas State University, a M.S. in Art Therapy from Emporia State University, and a Ph.D. in Human Services with a specialization in Counseling Studies from Capella University. Dr. Allen's research interests include the effectiveness of art therapy, specifically the utiliztion of mandala creation, in alleviating symptoms of PTSD in college students.
Professor of Psychology
I enjoy working at OCCC because I believe in the power of an Associates Degree. I believe a large portion of my success in life is related to my completion of an Associates Degree. After completing my A.A. and B.A., I served in the U.S. Army as an officer in the Field Artillery. In 2003 I was medically retired and had to plan for a new career. In 2005 I decided to go back to school and get a Ph.D. in Lifespan Developmental Psychology at Oklahoma State University. I completed my Ph.D. in Lifespan Developmental Psychology with an Emphasis in Statistics in 2010.Much of my research has focused on body image, obesity, aggression, and social networks. However, I have publications and scholarly work in Clinical Psychology topics, such as illness uncertainty and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Overall, my hope is to help students find a career path that is best suited for them. I look forward to helping students understand the range of opportunities that are available to them in the field of Psychology. Most of all, I enjoy watching students achieve success in the academic environment.
Professor of Psychology
Peggy Jordan received her B.A from the University of Central Oklahoma with a double major in Psychology and Sociology. She stayed at UCO for her M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology before heading to Oklahoma State University to earn her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. Dr. Jordan has worked full time for OCCC since 1999. Before serving as a full time faculty member, she was a Student Development Counselor and also served as the Director of the Center for Learning and Teaching. For the first twenty years of her professional career, Dr. Jordan worked in various state agencies and a private practice. After years of teaching clients coping skills and strategies to enhance motivation and feelings of worth, she returned to the college campus, with a strong belief that teaching and advising students offers them the greatest opportunities for satisfaction and success in life. She is active in professional organizations, currently serving as Chair of the Publications Advisory Board ! for the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). She also served as NACADA’s Two-Year Colleges Commission Chair. She was awarded NACADA’s 2007 Outstanding Advising Award in Faculty Advising and the 2008 Service to Commission Award from the national Two-Year Colleges Commission. Dr. Jordan served as a plenary speaker and faculty member for NACADA’s Faculty Seminar and as a faculty member for their Fall Institute. She has also presented numerous workshops for state, regional and national conferences. Dr. Jordan is active on the OCCC campus where she is currently on the Cooperative Learning Training team and assists with faculty workshops at least twice yearly. She hosts monthly “family group” meetings for faculty who have completed training in Cooperative Learning. Dr. Jordan was a sponsor of Psi Beta and the Psychology/Sociology Clubs from 2000 to 2007 and serves on numerous committees.
Professor of Psychology
I am a full-time Professor within the Department of Psychology and have been at OCCC for six years. I hold a New York State and Oklahoma Teacher Certificate for Secondary Education in Social Studies. During my undergraduate degree I trained as a teacher but during graduate school, the opportunity to teach at the community college creating a new path in life. Having graduated from a community college and believing in its mission, I have found an environment that is consistent with my values. The classes that I teach have been listed but I also teach them on campus and online. Beyond teaching, I also serve students as a Faculty Advisor for Psychology majors. Past courses that I have taught include Interpersonal Relations, Adolescent Psychology, Educational Psychology, and guided Education majors in their field placement. Before teaching at OCCC, I was a full-time faculty member at Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY. Family and personal reasons brought me to the Sooner (or Cowboy) State.My professional areas of interest are Secondary Education, Community Psychology, and Counseling Psychology. I currently belong to Division 2 (The Society for the Teaching of Psychology)and Division 27 (The Society for Community Research and Action) of the American Psychological Association.
For graduates in the field of psychology, job opportunities are growing nationwide. There is an increased demand for psychological services in schools, hospitals, social service agencies, mental health centers, substance abuse treatment clinics, consulting firms and private companies.
If you’re interested in careers in human services, a bachelor’s degree in psychology may provide sufficient preparation for you to work in a variety of helping professions including:
- High school psychology teacher
- Family support worker
- Crisis interventionist
- Career counselor
- Rehabilitation specialist
- Mental health technician
- Psychiatric aide
- Residential youth counselor
- Child welfare worker
- Probation officer
- Case manager
- Intake interviewer
- Parole officer
Since most careers in psychology require a masters or doctoral degree, OCCC graduates in psychology are well prepared to complete a bachelor’s degree and go on to their graduate-level studies. An advanced degree opens up opportunities to become a:
- Licensed psychologist
- Licensed professional counselor
- Rehabilitation counselor
- School psychologist
- College/university professor
- Human resources manager
The study of psychology is also excellent preparation for many other professions, including administrative support, public affairs, education, human resources, criminal justice, business, sales, service industries, health and biological sciences.
The American Psychological Association has more information on careers in psychology, http://www.apa.org/careers/resources/guides/careers.aspx.