BA in Applied Psychology and Human Relations

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The Dyson Advantage

A degree in psychology is excellent preparation for a variety of careers including counseling, education, health care, law, management, research, and sports psychology. As a student in the Psychology department at Pace University’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, you will have opportunities to utilize and develop your analytical and problem solving skills. Whether you want to help children and adults lead happier and more productive lives, or plan to apply your knowledge of human behavior in a business setting, Pace provides you with the real-world, practical skills you need to prepare for a fulfilling and successful career.

Learning That Inspires Your Intellect

BA in Applied Psychology and Human Relations

In this major, we prepare you for work in counseling and clinical psychology careers. This is a practical program oriented more toward practice rather than research in psychology. You’ll learn skills which may be applied in such fields as counseling, education, and business. Courses include: psychological testing, personality, social psychology, introduction to counseling, group work and interviewing techniques, and practicum (two semesters).

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Qualified student enrolled in the Applied Psychology and Human Relations major on the Pleasantville campus, may enroll in one of two combined degree programs.  When enrolled in a combined degree program, you can earn both your undergraduate and master’s degrees in five years, usually saving one year of full-time study.

BA in Applied Psychology and Human Relations/MS in Counseling
Based on the Pleasantville campus, this program provides a practical foundation in counseling and human relations.  It will allow you to begin working in the field of psychology in as few as five years.

BA in Applied Psychology and Human Relations/MS in Mental Health Counseling
Based on the Pleasantville campus, this program provides practical training in counseling and clinical psychology, and fulfills the prerequisites for certification as a licensed mental health professional in the state of New York in the areas of general psychology, substance abuse and grief counseling.

Interested students should meet with a department advisor early in their first year of study.

Dyson's Innovative Scholarly Faculty

Our faculty is committed to excellence in teaching and mentoring. In support of these aims, faculty is engaged actively in research, scholarship, practice, and consultation. Faculty members are experts in areas such as child development, clinical practice, cognitive psychology, counseling, cultural diversity, experimental and applied research, industrial/organizational psychology, school and community psychology, social behavior, and women’s issues.

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Aside from studying human behavior, psychology students learn to define and solve problems through scientific methods of research, data gathering, and writing. These skills are sought after by a variety of employers. Although graduate training may be required, here are just a few of the careers that you could choose with a background in psychology:

  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Experimental or Research Psychologist
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychologist
  • Marketing Director
  • Personal Life Coach
  • School Psychologist
  • Social Worker