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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 more advanced courses and electives. 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 is required to graduate.

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, seminar sequence, 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. 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 101 and WRII-UF 202 (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 coursework 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. Writing the Essay is significantly different from most writing courses students take in two and four-year colleges and provides the foundation for writing in the university.

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.

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 Contexts, and Expressive Cultures.

  • Texts and Ideas: This requirement can be satisfied through the following AP test scores: AP American History, European History, or World History, with a score of 4 or 5.
  • Expressive Cultures: This requirement can be satisfied through the following AP test scores: AP Art History, English Literature, Latin, or Spanish Literature & Culture, 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 specially 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 AP test scores:

AP Calculus (Mathematics AB or BC)
AP Statistics

  • Natural Science/Science Requirement 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 Quantitative Reasoning/Natural Science options, with all other options for these courses, are offered through CAS's College Core Curriculum site.

Interdisciplinary 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, natural sciences, or humanities outside the field of psychology.  Students are required to complete a 3-course sequence in one discipline of the social sciences, natural 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 Judaic Studies
History
Italian
Linguistics
Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies
Philosophy
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, natural 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
Chemistry
Child and Adolescent Mental Development
Computer Science
Dramatic Literature
Mathematics
Music
Neural Science
Physics
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 eight 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 before 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 your academic advisor.

Specialization Requirements

Applied Psychology majors are required to complete the following specialization coursework.  Global Public Health/Applied Psychology majors should refer to the combined major program of study for specific specialization requirements.

Required Psychology Core

APSY-UE 0002 Introduction to Psychology and Its Principles
APSY-UE 0010 Developmental Psychology
APSY-UE 1050 Cultures of Psychology

Restricted Psychology

Choose 1 from each of the following content areas. Plus an additional course of your choice in one of the content areas:

Social/Community Content Area
APSY-UE 0005 Community Psychology
APSY-UE 0013 Social Psychology 
APSY-UE 1032 Psychology and Social Change
APSY-UE 1270 Social Intervention in Schools & Communities
APSY-UE 1278 Families, Schools, and Child Development
APSY-UE 1279

Child Development/Social Policy in Global Society

Clinical/Counseling Content Area
APSY-UE 0019 Personality Theories
APSY-UE 1012 Counseling Interview
APSY-UE 1031 Mental Health: Historical, Social and Political Perspectives
APSY-UE 1038 Abnormal Psychology
APSY-UE 1041 Women and Mental Health: A Life Cycle Perspective
APSY-UE 1081 Psychosocial Aspects of Sexual Behavior
APSY-UE 1110 Sexual Identities Across the Lifespan 
APSY-UE 1620 Group Dynamics
APSY-UE 1682 Multicultural Counseling and Mental Health
APSY-UE 1014 Educational Psychology
Developmental/Learning Content Area
APSY-UE 1110 Sexual Identities Across the Lifespan
APSY-UE 1214 Children's Learning: Theory and Research
APSY-UE 1272 Adolescent Development
APSY-UE 1278 Families, Schools, and Child Development
APSY-UE 1279 Child Development/Social Policy in Global Society
APSY-UE 1280 Parenting and Culture

Research Skills

OR  
PSYCH-UA 0010 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
BOTH  
APSY-UE 0025 Research Methods in Applied  Psychology I
APSY-UE 1137 Research Methods in Applied  Psychology II
APSTA-UE 1085 Basic Statistics

Field Experiences

APSY-UE 1124 Seminar in Applied Psychology I: Principles and Practice 
APSY-UE 1125 Seminar in Applied Psychology II: Theory, Research, and Practice 

Specialization Electives

Specialization Electives (8 credits) are other Applied Psychology courses that you are eligible to take, and include, in addition to the Restricted Electives listed above, the courses listed below. Global Public Health/Applied Psychology majors should refer to the combined major program of study for specific specialization requirements. 

Other coursework (eg, from CAS Psychology or the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Studies program) may be considered for specialization elective credit.

APSY-UE 0005 Community Psychology
APSY-UE 1012 Counseling Interview
APSY-UE 0013 Social Psychology
APSY-UE 1014 Educational Psychology
APSY-UE 0019 Personality Theories
APSY-UE 1031 Mental Health: Historical, Social and Political Perspectives
APSY-UE 1038  Abnormal Psychology
APSY-UE 1041 Women and Mental Health: A Life Cycle Perspective
APSY-UE 1081 Psychosocial Aspects of Human Behavior
APSY-UE 1110 Sexual Identities Across the Lifespan
APSY-UE 1214 Children's Learning: Theory and Research
APSY-UE 1270 Social Intervention in Schools & Communities
APSY-UE 1272 Adolescent Development
APSY-UE 1278 Families, Schools, and Child Development
APSY-UE 1279 Child Development/Social Policy in Global Society
APSY-UE 1280 Parenting and Culture
APSY-UE 1620 Group Dynamics
APSY-GE 2xxx Graduate Level Coursework (by advisement)

Unrestricted Electives (12 credits)

are other courses you may be interested in taking, but that don't necessarily fall under the categories of Liberal Arts or Specialization electives. They can be additional courses from Applied Psychology, or coursework from across NYU, including courses from other NYU Steinhardt programs (Art, Music, Nutrition, etc).  No courses from SPS are accepted.