Psychology Curriculum - Southwestern Illinois College

Refer to the following suggested curriculum and the graduation requirements as a guide for completing this program.


Are you planning to earn an Associate in Arts degree and then transfer to a four-year college or university to major in Psychology? We strongly encourage you to consult with a SWIC Advisor prior to enrolling each semester.  We also advise you to familiarize yourself with the specific requirements of the four-year institution where you plan to transfer.

Fulfill the General Education and other institutional requirements for the Associate in Arts degree listed in the printed or Online College Catalog. General Education course preferences may vary by transfer institution.

As you fulfill your degree requirements, it is strongly recommended that you take the following classes:

  • PSYC 151-General Psychology

Most four-year colleges and universities will accept the following classes as Psychology major credit:

  • PSYC 259-Abnormal Psychology OR PSYC 280-Introduction to Personality Theory
  • PSYC 210-Life-Span Development, OR PSYC 250-Child Development, OR PSYC 251-Adolescent Development, OR PSYC 253-Adult Development and Aging
  • PSYC 295-Social Psychology

The optional courses listed below may be applicable toward a baccalaureate Psychology major. Please keep in mind that most transfer institutions limit the number of credit hours taken within a student’s major field of study at the community college level. To ensure the acceptance of such courses toward your intended major, check with the four-year institution where you are transferring or a SWIC Advisor regarding their applicability.

  • Other psychology classes
  • SOC 153-Introductory Sociology
  • Foreign language course(s)

Fulfill all other Associate in Arts degree requirements listed in the printed or Online College Catalog.

Apply for graduation by the date published in the College Calendar.

Earn at least 64 transferable credits with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 to graduate from SWIC. Many transfer institutions require a higher GPA for admission to the institution and/or specific majors.

Note: Enrollment in many transfer classes is based on your score on the assessment placement test and/or your fulfillment of course prerequisites.