Undergraduate Program

Prospective Students

Learning About Psychology and Its Applications

The Bachelor of Science Program in Applied Psychology is an interdisciplinary program designed to develop students who are able to bridge psychological theory, research, and practice in a multicultural world.

Applied psychologists work with children, adolescents, families, businesses, and communities focusing on issues such as learning and schooling, race/ethnicity, sexuality, religion, health, and parenting. The program provides you with hands-on learning experiences that help you understand the range of work environments within the human services professions and the many ways that psychology and counseling are used in both research and real-world settings -- invaluable information in helping you make your career decisions.

We also offer a combined Bachelor of Science Program in Global Public Health/Applied Psychology. This major provides interdisciplinary training that bridges psychological theory, research, and practice with public health principles, with the goal of improving health outcomes among diverse populations.

A Portfolio of Experience Built on a Strong Academic Base

The undergraduate majors in Applied Psychology combines a broad-based liberal arts component with required course work in various fields across psychology -- developmental, social, community, counseling -- and research skills. Specialization electives allow you to focus on a specific field within psychology or to explore an area of interest in a related discipline, including public health.

A three-semester fieldwork sequence offers you the opportunity for continuous career exploration in clinical and research settings, helping you build a portfolio of experience valuable for seeking an entry-level position and graduate study.

Applied Psychology majors with a record of exceptional achievement may apply to our Honors Program.

Distinguished Faculty

Faculty members in the Department of Applied Psychology are not only teaching you in the classroom but, as applied psychologists, are actively engaged in research.

  • Professor Gigliana Melzi, the Director of the Undergraduate Program, investigates the ways preschool children, in particular Latino children, interact with their parents to acquire language and literacy skills.
  • Professor Selçuk Sirin's work focuses on the lives of immigrant children and their families.
  • Professor Lawrence Aber investigates social, emotional, and behavioral development among high-risk youth as well as program and policy implications of developmental research on this population.
  • Professor LaRue Allen's research focuses on the impact of socio-cultural and ecological factors on human development, exploring adolescent development, parent-child relationships, and early childhood preventative interventions.
  • Other distinguished faculty are conducting research in areas relating to friendship development, women's health, high-risk sexual behaviors, drug abuse, and stereotyping.

Learning Outcomes

The Bachelor of Science Program in Applied Psychology is an undergraduate program designed to develop students who are able to bridge psychological theory, research, and practice in a multicultural world. The faculty of the NYU-Steinhardt Applied Psychology department has developed the undergraduate curriculum to facilitate student competence across several key domains. Our program’s overarching learning goals enable students to:

1.)  Demonstrate a broad understanding of psychology as a social and behavioral science, and explore its connections to other disciplines.

2.)  Demonstrate a solid scientific and research background, develop critical thinking skills and apply knowledge gained in lectures and readings to research and the practice of psychology.

3.)  Use effective written and oral communication skills to analyze, synthesize and disseminate information.

4.)  Demonstrate readiness to enter the field as a professional as defined by the fieldwork core competences (i.e., cognitive, behavioral and communication). 


The BS Program in Applied Psychology requires students to complete a total of 128 points-60 points in the liberal arts and 68 points in the major. In addition to 32 points of specified liberal arts courses, students complete a 12-point concentration of courses in a single social science or humanities discipline of their choice. There are 16 points of liberal arts electives that provide students many opportunities to explore a variety of liberal arts subjects or to declare a minor.

The Applied Psychology major consists of 12 points of required courses in psychology, 12 points of core electives in psychology and counseling, 12 points in research, 12 points of field experiences, 8 points of specialization electives, and 12 points of unrestricted electives to explore a wide range of interests or to be used toward a minor.  Students are encouraged to study abroad.

Current Applied Psychology Program of Study


A key component of the Applied Psychology major is our sequence of fieldwork placements and seminars. These field experiences are closely supervised and take place in schools, social service agencies, psychiatric hospitals, legal clinics, and youth centers. Students also have the opportunity to satisfy their fieldwork requirement by joining a faculty member's research team. Research in the Department of Applied Psychology is conducted in diverse settings and covers a broad array of topics.

Our course of study is specifically designed to provide practical hands-on learning experiences in the field in conjunction with theoretical knowledge learned through coursework in the classroom. One of our goals in this program is that through supervised field experiences and coursework, our students will be able to make informed decisions about career or educational plans following graduation from this program.

Applied Psychology majors are involved in a three-semester sequence of fieldwork activities. These activities are intended to help students learn about the field of psychology. During Seminar in Applied Psychology I, the first semester of the sequence, students focus on assessing specific abilities, interests, values, and personality characteristics. Students then select a field site by exploring the major and subfields of psychology and by developing insight into their own professional goals. Students also become familiarized with research literature in psychology, formulating research questions and writing reviews of literature. In addition, students develop basic skills necessary for professional development, including resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, teamwork, and oral and written communication.

During the second and third semesters of fieldwork, Seminar in Applied Psychology II and III, our aim is for students to gain in-depth exposure to the work in the field. Students learn how to relate theory to practice as they continue to process fieldwork experiences through discussion groups and written logs. During these two semesters, there is a continuous focus on ethical issues and professional standards, writing in psychology and the dissemination of findings in a professional forum, and exploration of future professional and education goals in relation to fieldwork experiences; such as graduate school admissions, career paths, and basic skills for entry level jobs.

Global Public Health/Applied Psychology majors complete Seminar in Applied Psychology I and II and participate in a public health internship in place of Seminar in Applied Psychology III.

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What They Are Doing Now!

The BS Program in Applied Psychology is an interdisciplinary program designed to develop students who are able to bridge psychological theory, research, and practice in a multicultural world. Many of our graduated students have pursued work in a variety of fields - learn more about what they're doing now!