Undergraduate Program


Degree Requirements

In their first and second years, students take liberal arts courses and core Applied Psychology or Global Public Health/Applied Psychology courses. In their junior and senior years, students typically focus on developing their research skills and exploring fieldwork opportunities. In conjunction with their advisor, students select a sequence of courses that satisfy program and degree requirements while simultaneously exploring their own intellectual and professional objectives. A total of 128 course credits are required to graduate.

Programs of Study

Students are held to the degree requirements that were in place the year they were accepted.  These required courses are outlined in the Program of Study.

                   Applied Psychology                           Global Public Health/Applied Psychology

           FALL 2014 & Beyond                                           FALL 2014 & Beyond

            Prior to FALL 2014                                               Prior to FALL 2014

Academic Standards

All students majoring in Applied Psychology must earn a C- or better in all courses taken to meet the requirements for the psychology core, restricted psychology electives, research skills, fieldwork experiences, and specialization electives. If a student receives a grade lower than a C-, that student must retake the course to improve the grade. Students may only retake a course once. Students may retake a maximum of 4 courses to improve their grades. Students unable to meet these academic standards will be referred to the department’s committee on student progress and may be advised into an alternative major at NYU.

Majors in Applied Psychology are expected to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 and a minimum GPA of 2.7 in the major in order to make satisfactory academic progress.

Liberal Arts Core

Steinhardt Liberal Arts Core courses expand the options available to Steinhardt students through NYU's Liberal Arts CORE. CORE is comprised of six areas of the liberal arts. Descriptions of these areas and courses which fulfill the requirements are listed below. Some of these requirements can also be fulfilled through Advanced Placement test scores.

Expository Writing

Applied Psychology students must complete two courses in expository writing and pass the Writing Proficiency Examination.

Freshmen students who complete EXPOS-UA 0001, Writing the Essay, with a grade of "C" or better are certified as proficient, and are not required to sit for the exam. In addition, students must enroll in and successfully complete ACE-UE 0110, The Advanced College Essay.

Students enrolled in the Higher Education Opportunity Programs (HEOP) completing WRI-UF 1001 and WRII-UF 2002 (Writing I and II) with grades of "C" or better are deemed proficient.

Transfer students entering NYU Steinhardt who are attempting to transfer credit for their writing requirement must pass the Proficiency Examination administered by the Expository Writing Program. This exam determines whether additional coursework in Expository Writing will be required for proficiency certification and is given during orientation.

Transfer students who pass the examination and transfer in two courses in writing composition or the equivalent will not be required to complete additional course work in expository writing.  If the students pass and transfer in only one course, they will be required to complete EXPOS-UA 0001, Writing the Essay. The course, Writing the Essay, is significantly different from most writing courses students taken in two and four year colleges and provides the foundation for writing in the university.

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Foreign Language

Applied Psychology students must complete one semester of foreign language, which can include American Sign Language. APUG students are not exempt from the foreign language requirement but may satisfy it through AP test scores.

Students who will register for any language with which they have prior experience (studied in high school, college or study abroad programs or who are bilingual or multilingual) are required to take a placement examination to determine which level is appropriate.

Placement exams are offered during the first week of classes as well as once a month throughout the semester. To find out more information about Placement Exams, please contact the College of Arts and Science.


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Foundations of Contemporary Culture

The Foundations of Contemporary Culture (FCC) sequence of the Liberal Arts Core is a series of three coordinated courses in the humanities and social sciences. Within each of the three offerings, students are free to pursue their particular interests through their choice of individual classes offered in Steinhardt's Liberal Arts Core, or through the College of Arts and Science's College Core Curriculum. The three course headings are: Texts and Ideas, Cultures and Context, and Expressive Cultures.

Texts and Ideas (formerly Conversations of the West)

  • This requirement can be satisfied through the following courses or AP test scores: AP American History, European History or World History, with a score of 4 or 5.

Cultures and Contexts (formerly World Cultures)

Expressive Cultures

  • This requirement can be satisfied through the following courses or AP test scores: AP English Literature with a score of 4 or 5.
Foundations of Scientific Inquiry

The Foundations of Scientific Inquiry (FSI) couples coordinated courses in Quantitative Reasoning and the Natural Sciences. Together, these courses ensure that every student gains a fundamental understanding of how mathematics and laboratory experimentation advance scientific investigation. While some students acquire this background through other coursework, FSI courses are especially designed to meet the need of non-science students. Within each of these offerings, students are free to pursue their particular interests through their choice of individual classes.

Quantitative Reasoning/Mathematics Requirement

This requirement can be satisfied through the following courses or AP test scores:

AP Calculus (Mathematics AB or BC)
AP Statistics

Steinhardt offers several Natural Science options, with all other options for these courses are offered through CAS's College Core Curriculum site.

Natural Science

This requirement can be satisfied through the following courses or AP test scores:

AP Biology (8 points)
AP Chemistry (8 points)
AP Physics B (10 points)
AP Physics C-Mech (3 points) and Physics C-E&M (3 points)

Steinhardt offers several Natural Science options, with all other courses being offered through CAS's College Core Curriculum.

Social Sciences & Humanities Elective Sequence

Because the field of psychology is becoming more and more interdisciplinary, it is important for students to gain a foundation of knowledge in another area of the social sciences or humanities outside the field of psychology.  Students are required to complete a 3-course sequence in one discipline of the social sciences or humanities.  This includes one introductory course and two higher-level courses in one of the following departments:

American Sign Language Anthropology
Art History Classics
Comparative Literature East Asian Studies
Economics English
French German
Hebrew and Judiac Studies History
Italian Linguistics

Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

Politics Russian and Slavic Studies
Social and Cultural Analysis Sociology
Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literature  
Liberal Arts Electives

Students who are accepted into the Applied Psychology or Global Public Health/Applied Psychology program as first-year students have the freedom to select 16 credits (4 courses) from any liberal arts discipline to complete as liberal arts electives.  Transfer students have 24 credits (6 courses) to complete.  Often, students will continue taking courses in the area of the social sciences or humanities that they completed for their required sequence in order to pursue a minor or double major in that discipline.

Other departments to consider when signing up for liberal arts electives include:

Biology Mathematics
Chemistry Music
Child and Adolescent Mental Development Neural Science
Computer Science Physics
Dramatic Literature Psychology


In addition to the departments listed above, students can select liberal arts electives from NYU Steinhardt through the Liberal Arts Core.  Only non-Applied Psychology courses through the Liberal Arts Core will be considered.

Transfer Students

Transfer students have slightly different Liberal Arts requirements from those who were admitted to the program as first-year students.  In addition to the transfer requirements for Expository Writing listed above, transfer students are required to complete or transfer in one course from Foundations of Contemporary Culture (FCC), one course from Scientific Inquiry (FSI), and one ADDITIONAL course from FCC or FSI.  This adjustment allows for more flexibility in allocating transfer credit, and increases the Liberal Art Elective requirement by 8 credits (total 24 credits). 

Effective Fall 2014, NYU students interested in changing majors, transferring internally, or transitioning into Applied Psychology must have completed at least one course in psychology with a grade of B or better. We recommend that students have a 2.7 GPA or better prior to declaring a major in Applied Psychology in order to make satisfactory academic progress within the major.

For more information or clarification regarding transfer credits, please contact Academic Advisor.

Specialization Requirements

Major Specialization Electives Before Fall 2014

Major Specialization Electives Fall 2014 and Beyond