The mission of the Texas Southmost College Psychology program is to facilitate student knowledge in the study of human behavior and the scientific study of mental processes to prepare students for employment or further study in the field of psychology. For students who plan to pursue careers in psychology, earning an associate degree in psychology from Texas Southmost College will allow you to establish and continue your necessary academic preparation beyond the associate degree. Our Psychology program fosters a commitment to our community through exploring, disseminating, and applying knowledge relevant to the psychological and behavioral sciences.  

Psychology is a scientific discipline related to many other academic fields and careers. The AA-PSYC program’s mission is to provide students with science-based learning, involving skills common to all careers in psychology.  

The Texas Southmost College Psychology Department has five basic goals based on the American Psychological Association major competencies that provide the foundation for being psychologically literate and include: 

  • Provide students with the core theories and theoretical perspectives that influence human behavior and lay the foundation, including developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, biological psychology, abnormal psychology, and social psychology, and the ability to apply concepts to simple behavioral phenomena. Provide students with evidence-based evaluations of psychological theories and decision-making skills.  
  • Help students develop the skill of evaluating literature about psychology and applying the best evidence-based research.  
  • Educate and involve students in ethical principles and social responsibility in a diverse world.  
  • Provide students with opportunities to demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills and develop interpersonal communication skills. 
  • Emphasize career preparation and work habits, such as problem-solving from evidence-based literature, psychology content relating to business and workplace settings, research for solutions, and teamwork.