When you understand the science behind someone’s behavior, you have an edge in whatever career you enter.
Gain a strong theoretical foundation in psychology, while engaging in practical applications. Apply your knowledge to clinical settings, sports, legal systems, education, business, health promotion, decision-making, testing, the environment, and more through field work, faculty-led research opportunities, and internships.
As an Applied Psychology major, you will receive ongoing academic advising and career guidance from a psychology faculty member. You will also have the opportunity to work closely with faculty through a capstone applied internship or applied research project seminar in your senior year.
Bryant also offers a concentration and a minor in Psychology.
Future careers, post-grad opportunities
As an Applied Psychology student, you will benefit from the valuable combination of a solid background in theoretical and applied psychology, as well as exposure to business courses through a minor in business. You will gain expertise in conducting original research, applying research ethics, analyzing data, and interpreting empirically. You will also be able to apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues. You will be well prepared to begin your career or for success in graduate school.
Applied Psychology faculty
Faculty are active in a number of areas of psychology including the clinical, cognitive, developmental, environmental, educational, health, and social behaviors. They are dedicated teachers who work closely with students in collaborative research, supervising internships, or advising them about graduate school and careers.
A SUSTAINABLE EXPERIENCE
Christine Romano '13
Applied Psychology, Business Administration, Sociology student
An AP psychology course in high school kindled Romano’s fascination with the brain and human behavior. She knew that Bryant’s small class sizes and business component would be the perfect fit for her course of study.
Romano traveled to Costa Rica during winter break as part of a Marketing Sustainability course. It resulted in a research project, “Sustainability and Happiness in Costa Rica,” which she presented at Bryant’s annual Research and Engagement Day.
“It was inspiring to research how living a sustainable lifestyle could actually improve the quality of life for people,” she says.
Creative in her teaching
Allison Butler, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Applied Psychology
Butler’s creative teaching methods earned her a Distinguished New Faculty Award by The International Conference on College Teaching and Learning in 2011.
Her educational psychology expertise enabled Bryant to expand its course offerings, and she was at the forefront of the University's development of a teacher education program.
Butler is known for working closely with students, collaborating with them on research and academic papers that are submitted to academic journals and co-presented at academic conferences.
A SCHOLARLY EXPERIENCE
Lindsey Weber ’11
Academic Advisor, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
The year-long Senior Capstone Project is the hallmark of the Honors Program at Bryant. Weber, who double-majored in Applied Psychology and Sociology and Service Learning, chose a topic that tapped into her interests: researching and developing success strategies for first-generation college students, a group whose ranks she joined 2011.
“When you are sincerely interested in your topic, you will bring passion and energy to your manuscript and presentation,” she says. “Meanwhile, you will genuinely enjoy the scholarly experience.”
Weber earned a master’s in applied developmental and educational psychology at Boston College. She is an academic advisor for academic support and technology at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, working with first-year students, undecided majors, and “at risk” students.