Delivery: A mix of daytime, evening, Saturday, and online courses.
Start: Fall or Spring Semester, Summer Session, Full- or Part-Time.

About the Program

Psychology Transfer Pathway AA Degree

The Psychology Transfer Pathway AA degree offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an associate degree whose course credits will directly transfer to designated Psychology bachelor’s degree programs at Minnesota State universities. The entire curriculum has been carefully designed so that you can complete a specific associate degree at a Minnesota State College and transfer to a Minnesota State University to earn a bachelor’s degree. Transfer Pathways can be a great resource for saving time and money as you work toward graduation.

Minnesota State universities include Bemidji State University, Metropolitan State University, Minnesota State University, Mankato; Minnesota State University, Moorhead; Southwest Minnesota State University; St. Cloud State University; and Winona State University.

Transfer Pathway degrees may transfer to colleges and universities outside of the Minnesota State system, such as private and out-of-state schools. It is highly recommended that students interested in this possibility contact their intended transfer school, advisor/counselor, and program instructors for academic planning assistance.

Psychology Discipline

The Century College Psychology Department offers a wide range of courses that focus on psychology as a scientific discipline. Courses include general psychology, abnormal psychology, developmental psychology, neuroscience, statistics, human adjustment, psychology internship, and more.

Our courses focus on studying human behavior and development in the context of a diverse and rapidly changing world. We use a mix of lectures, discussions, and hands-on activities to encourage students to apply the science of psychology to real-life situations.

The Psychology department includes faculty with a wide range of experiences, including clinicians, researchers, textbook authors, and recipients of teaching awards.

Students can take individual Psychology courses to meet Liberal Arts and Sciences requirements for an Associate in Arts Degree (AA), Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC), or to transfer individually to two- and four-year colleges and universities.

Additionally, the Mental and Behavioral Health Worker Certificate provides psychology coursework that applies to a variety of entry-level careers in mental health.

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Cost & Financial Aid

As a two-year public community and technical college, Century College receives funding from the State of Minnesota, keeping tuition rates significantly lower than private colleges and universities. With affordable tuition rates and financial aid and scholarship opportunities, our students avoid student loan debt.

Financial Aid

Century College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and our programs qualify for financial aid including grants, loans, and college work-study. Eligibility for financial aid is determined annually based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Century College’s Federal School Code is 010546.

Scholarship Opportunities

Each year, the Century College Foundation awards more than $300,000 in scholarships to Century College students involved in several areas of study. Students are encouraged to create an account and apply for scholarships online.

Tuition Cost per Credit Comparison: Century College $206.41, University of MN - TC $555.13, Private Colleges & Universities $1,416.

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Potential Job Titles

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Many occupations within the field of psychology require a graduate degree either at the masters or doctoral level. These include clinical/counseling psychologists, marriage and family therapists, counselors, psychometrists, school psychologists, organizational consultants, academic researchers, and college professors.

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    Program Faculty

  • Experience: Dr. Breyer-Peterson has a true passion for teaching psychology and educating people about mental health. She has been a full-time faculty member at Century College since 2011 and currently teaches General Psychology, Developmental Psychology: Lifespan, Abnormal Psychology, and Internship in Psychology. She is also a Licensed Psychologist, and has provided therapy in a variety of settings, including community mental health centers, hospitals, and the VAMC. Dr. Breyer-Peterson has published several research articles in peer-reviewed journals which have been cited over 200 times. Dr. Breyer-Peterson coordinates the Mental and Behavioral Health Worker certificate and psychology internship in addition to teaching. She is also the director of Century’s Mental Health First Aid grant project, which provides free mental health training to students and employees.
    Teaching Approach: “I truly love teaching and helping all of my students succeed! I believe that we learn best when we are actually ‘doing something’ with the material, so in my classes, you will have frequent opportunities to engage in active and experiential learning and learn from one another. Since there often isn’t a ‘right’ answer in psychology, I also encourage students to think critically and scientifically as you learn new information. How does the information fit with your beliefs and experiences? Finally, I believe we can use what we learn in psychology to improve the lives of ourselves and others, so we often apply the information to real life so you can use what you learn immediately! I truly care about each of you, and strive to create an environment in my face-to-face and online courses where students feel they are understood, respected, and are comfortable seeking help. I am here to support you, encourage you, and help you succeed! Therefore, I frequently provide students with resources like a notes packet, study guide, and study tips to help you grow and develop as students. I love being a part of your academic journey and hope to see you in one of my classes!”
    Education: MA and PsyD, Counseling Psychology, University of St. Thomas
    Notable: Minnesota State Educator of the Year (2020); Minnesota State Board of Trustees Outstanding Educator Award; Minnesota Psychological Association Award for Outstanding Teaching
    Jessie Breyer-Peterson
    Faculty/Program Director
  • Experience: Dr. Diji has been teaching psychology since 2004. She taught six years at Covenant University, Nigeria, two years at the University of Northwestern, Minnesota, and has been at Century College since Spring 2012. In addition to teaching, she has experience in the “Read Right” instruction, which is a unique reading improvement methodology (brain science) that helps struggling readers become excellent readers. Likewise, she is involved in students’ assessment at various levels and regularly participates in the Advanced Placement (AP) research program. Dr. Diji has also been active in the K-12 education system, including being an advocate of the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) model designed to close the achievement gap and help students with high academic potential prepare for college/university. She is also a founding member and the current chair of a new PreK-12 charter school (Innovation science and technology Academy) in the Twin Cities, Minnesota. The goal of this unique charter school is to develop at an early age, globally conscious student innovators, and agents of change.
    Teaching Approach: Dr. Diji’s passion for teaching comes from a deep desire to contribute to students’ success. She continuously seeks to inspire students through interactive learning and equips them with tools and strategies that promote personal growth and the fulfillment of their educational goals. Dr. Diji loves teaching and learning from various students’ perspectives. The experiences she gained while working at a psychiatric hospital has deepened her love for humanity. Hence, she strives to be a better person to those around her each day. She has some publications on students’ examination cheating attitude and behavior, workplace absenteeism, and leadership escalation behavior, but student success is truly her calling. She’s just what you can call a Generalist Psychologist.
    Education: BS, Psychology, University of Ibadan-Nigeria; MS, I-O Psychology, Covenant University-Nigeria; Ph.D., I-O Psychology, Walden University
    Hobbies: Research, reading, and singing
    Bimpe Diji
  • Education: PhD in Neuroscience from University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
    Michael Fitzgerald
  • Experience: I teach courses in child development, adolescent development, adulthood, aging and death, lifespan psychology, general psychology, social psychology, sensation and perception and statistics. My areas of specialty are children’s cognitive development and early childhood education. In addition to teaching college courses, I provide workshops on child and adolescent development to children, parents and educators. While these workshops span many topics, I have a particular love of teaching children and adolescents about how their brains work so that they can better understand their minds and bodies.
    Teaching Approach: “I employ an asset-based pedagogical model in my classroom instruction and curriculum. This method involves spending the first week of class getting to know every students’ personal interest in the course, and adapting the curriculum to both reflect those interests, and to incorporate any relevant expertise individual students can bring to the course. A related goal of mine as an instructor is to help students make connections between course content and real life. To do so, I use a variety of in-class activities to both assist students in learning the material, and prompt the understanding that what they’re learning in the classroom has important real-world applications. I love teaching and I hope my students also love coming to class.”
    Education: PhD, Developmental Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz
    Hobbies: Enjoying life
    Katherine Herold
  • Experience: Bruce H. Hinrichs has taught psychology and film studies for many years and was previously a high school counselor and math teacher. Bruce is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Minnesota in Psychology, and was an Honorary Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Teacher/Artist-in-Residence at the University of Illinois, and a member of the Editorial Board of the NEA higher education journal, Thought & Action. Mr. Hinrichs has published articles on psychology, art, and film, and is the author of a textbook of general psychology, books on cognitive neuroscience, film and art, brain science, and short stories. His essay on the philosophy of mind appears in the college philosophy textbook, Voices of Wisdom. Bruce is also an artist (glass blowing and painting) and was a musician in the Minneapolis bands The Fables and The Necroids.
    Teaching Approach: “Student-oriented lectures and small group discussions with passion, encouragement, clear explanations, great examples, dynamic audio-visual material, and engaging presentations of scientific psychology.”
    Education: MA, University of Minnesota
    Bruce Hinrichs
  • Experience: Dr. Seiford is a professor, a researcher, an advocate for children, and a writer. She has been teaching a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate level psychology courses within the Minnesota State College and University system since 2010. She has been a featured writer for Psychology Today since 2019, has had her own blog since 2017, and has written several books.
    Teaching Approach: “I attempt to meet students where they are, so I can help them get where they want to be. My function, as I see it, is to help them gain the knowledge necessary to let their own lights shine. My goal is to guide and encourage so they realize that what they hope for isn’t a crazy dream, but a potential reality.”
    Education: BA, Applied Psychology, Minnesota State University-Mankato; MS, Organizational Psychology, Capella University; PhD, Educational Psychology, Capella University
    Notable: Golden Apple Award - Outstanding Faculty Member, Normandale Community College, Spring 2018, Fall 2018Golden Apple Award - Outstanding Faculty Member, Inver Hills Community College, 2014
    Hobbies: Walking, reading, writing, and spending time with family and friends.
    Linda Seiford
  • Experience: Kristine views teaching as a privilege and truly loves being in the classroom! She has been working with community college students for the past 20 years with experience in teaching, counseling, advising, career services, and student life. She currently teaches courses in psychology, student success, and career development.
    Teaching Approach: “In all of the classes I teach, I focus most on student well-being which seems to come naturally from my theoretical base in counseling psychology and the many years I have spent counseling community college students. Creating a positive learning environment for all students to feel safe, grow, and enjoy their learning process is the foundation of my teaching. I consciously work to create this environment by building relationships, connecting course content to students’ daily lives, and actively engaging every student, every class.”
    Education: BA, Psychology, University of Minnesota-Duluth; MS, Counseling Psychology, Capella University
    Kristine Voth
  • Experience: Dr. Weigel’s passion for teaching began in 2010 when she first taught Psychology at Century. After taking a break to care for her family, she was thrilled to be able to return to part-time teaching in spring 2020.
    Teaching Approach: “I view teaching as a partnership, and I value the lived experiences of my students and the unique learning opportunities that they provide when shared within a supportive classroom. I believe that learning happens best within the context of supportive relationships, and I work hard to build and maintain relationships with students so that I am able to meet each student where they are in their academic journey. I strive to make my classes active, hands-on, and relevant to everyday life.”
    Education: BS in Psychobiology from Centre College;PhD in Clinical Psychology from University of Louisville; Clinical Internship at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center
    Hobbies: Biking and converting my yard to native prairie gardens!
    Rebecca Weigel
  • Experience: Valerie Wilwert has taught courses in General Psychology, Research Methods (advanced and beginning level), Social Psychology, and Health Psychology. Her prior teaching experience involves a variety of different age groups and locations (with some of the highlights including teaching high school level Advanced Placement Psychology, and teaching English in China!). Valerie’s specific areas of research interest include generational culture, and understanding how people might see the world differently just because of the time period in which they were born! In addition to many years of teaching, Valerie also has experience managing a psychological research lab, in which a large amount of time was spent mentoring individual students as they developed their own research projects.
    Teaching Approach: “Psychology is the scientific study of human behavior, so what better way to understand these key theories than to learn how they apply to real life! I love to use interesting stories to illustrate key course concepts, and invite my students to participate in a lot of hands-on demonstrations in order to help make sense of the more challenging course concepts. We can learn so much about psychology, just from looking around us and identifying its everyday applications. In my undergraduate years, I have to admit that I used to be a bit intimidated by scientific research. Through practice (and a few really bad studies early on), I began to love it, and I enjoy helping my students to help them the think about the world scientifically. I think that’s a skill that helps us every day!”
    Education: B.S. Secondary Social Studies Education, Bemidji State University; B.S. Psychology, Bemidji State University; M.A. Psychology, Metropolitan State University
    Hobbies: Hanging out with family, running and fitness activities, traveling, outdoor concerts, and reading
    Valerie Wilwert