Program Description

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The Psychology program at MSJC is designed to develop skills and knowledge consistent with the study of psychology in a multicultural, global context. Successful students will cultivate the writing, reading, statistics, and research skills required for psychology inquiry and will develop the necessary background to be successful in the major at the university level.  Furthermore, our program emphasizes how the course materials can be applied to one’s own life through the promotion of self and cross cultural awareness.  Our goal is to foster an appreciation for diversity, while creating community, support, and inclusion for our students.   

Topics of interest and study: 
Human development, consciousness, memory, psychological disorders, positive psychology, learning theory, personality development, personal growth, neuroscience, motivation, social psychology, research methodology, behavioral statistics, and others. 

Psychology Department Page

Transfer Preparation

MSJC offers a wide range of course work that prepares students for the workforce or for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. All four-year institutions prescribe their own standards for course evaluation and admissions. Courses that fulfill major requirements for an associate degree in a program at MSJC might not be the same as those required for transfer into a similar major at a four-year university. Please meet with a Counselor to confirm transfer requirements.  

Transfer students are advised to do research on prospective majors and careers. The MSJC Transfer Center and MSJC catalog can be helpful tools. Students interested in transferring to CSU’s or UC’s can access major preparation by visiting All students are advised to meet with a counselor at least once a semester to create or update their comprehensive education plan.  

Contact Information

San Jacinto Campus
(951) 487-MSJC (6752)
Maria Lopez (951) 487-3690
Michelle Vogel Trautt (951) 487-3675

Menifee Valley Campus
(951) 672-MSJC (6752)
Dan Peace (951) 639-5757
Anjeanette Oberg (951) 639-5653


Transfer Degree

  • Apply the various psychological theories and concepts, including personality theory, consciousness, learning theory, and others, to our own personal and professional lives.
  • Develop a tolerance, acceptance, and appreciation of the diversity of others’ thoughts, backgrounds, and self concepts.
  • Explore various topics and concepts within psychology, and integrate these into a whole concept of individuals and groups.
  • Apply the learning outcome goals provided by the American Psychological Association.
  • Explain different research methods used by psychologists, including strengths and weaknesses of different designs, types of questions addressed by each, and the significance of research to the field of psychology.

Discover in-demand careers and education options based on your interests!  See the list of careers below or explore further by searching for Careers or Programs.

Note: There are no guaranteed positions for students completing these programs. Education and work experience required will vary by employer. The salary and benefits for specific occupations will be dependent on work experience, education, background, and employer. Labor market statistics are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Census Bureau, O-NET, EMSI.

Career/Industries CA Annual Median Salary or Range Employment Demand or Opening CA
Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary (D) $33,645-$175,480 15,241
Social & Human Service Assistant (B, M) $27,355-$65,556 8,310
Clinical Psychologists (D) $52,413-$113-025 2,663
Psychiatric Technician (SM, B, M) $37,578-$73,660 842
School Psychologists (M, D) $52,413-$113,025 2,663
Counseling Psychologists (D) $52,413-$113,025 2,663
Child, Family, and School Social Workers (B. M) $33,339-$84,060 4,775
Music Therapists (B) $46,883-$84,478 116
Human Factors Engineers & Ergonomists (M) $66,430-$155,220 2,460

 (degree required: SM some college, C: Certificate, A: Associate degree, B: Bachelor’s degree, M: Master’s degree, D: Doctorate)