Applied Psychology


A major

When you understand the science behind someone’s behavior, you have an edge in whatever career you enter.

Bryant’s Applied Psychology major is one of a few such undergraduate programs in the U.S. 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 student at Bryant, 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 learn how to apply basic research methods in the psychology of research design, research ethics, data analysis, and interpretation. 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 aspects. They are dedicated teachers who work closely with students in collaborative research, supervising internships, or advising them about graduate school and careers.

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For a major:

First-Year Gateway Experience

Global Foundations of Character and Leadership (GFCL100)

Global Foundations of Organizations and Business (GFOB100)

Writing Workshop (WRIT106)

Bryant IDEA: Innovation and Design Experience for All (IDEA101)


Upper-Level Gateway Requirement


Applied Psychology Major Requirements

Introduction to Psychology (PSY260) or Honors: Core Concepts in Psychology (PSY263)

Introduction to Applied Psychology (PSY371)

Research Methods in Psychology (PSY376)

Senior Research Seminar (PSY490) or Senior Internship Seminar (PSY491)

*Applied Psychology Courses (Must take 3 of the following):

  • Environment and Behavior (PSY365)
  • Health Psychology (PSY375)
  • Educational Psychology (PSY377)
  • Counseling Theory and Practice (PSY480)
  • Exercise and Sports Psychology (PSY481)
  • Forensic Psychology (PSY482)
  • Drugs and Behavior (PSY483)
  • Psychological Testing and Assessment (PSY484)
  • Judgment and Decision Making (PSY486)

*Psychology Survey Courses (Must take 1 from each of the following):

  • Psychology of Personality (PSY353) or Abnormal Psychology (PSY355)
  • Child and Adolescent Development (PSY360) or Adolescent Development and Aging (PSY361) or Social Psychology (PSY470)
  • Cognitive Psychology (PSY373) or Physiological Psychology (PSY374)

Two (2) Psychology Electives

* At least one course (total from above groups) must be taken at the 400 level.

Liberal Arts Core Requirements

Microeconomic Principles (ECO113)

Macroeconomic Principles (ECO114)

Introduction to Literary Studies (LCS121)

Mathematical Analysis (MATH110)

Statistics I (MATH201)

Two (2) Humanities Survey Courses

**Liberal Arts Distributions – Modes of Thought

Two (2) Social Science Modes of Thought

One (1) Historical Mode of Thought (Upper Division)

One (1) Literary Mode of Thought (Upper Division)

Two (2) Scientific Modes of Thought (Include one lab science)
*One science course must be taken at the 300 or 400 level

Business Minor Requirement

Selection is made from a variety of business minors (Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Global Supply Chain Management, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management, Marketing, Marketing Analytics, and Sales). 

Electives - Subject to programmatic constraints, students may elect to take additional business courses beyond the required business minor, not to exceed a combined total of 30 credit hours in the College of Business.

**Modes of Thought requirements can be met by appropriate courses in the major.

A minimum of 122 credit hours are required for graduation.

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Janet Morahan-Martin, Ph.D.
Chair and Professor
Department of Psychology


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.


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.