Applied Psychology and Human Relations, BA

  • New York City
  • Westchester

Help Others Thrive

Help others find their path. A degree in applied psychology and human relations will allow you to support people in improving their lives while setting you on a satisfying career trajectory in counseling or clinical psychology. You’ll learn to understand human behavior and apply scientific methods and counseling skills to assist others.

Practical Preparation

  • Utilize and strengthen your analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Acquire the knowledge you need to excel in either graduate school or career success.
  • Learn from experts in areas such as child development, clinical practice, cognitive psychology, counseling, cultural diversity, experimental and applied research, school psychology, social behavior, and women’s issues.


In this practical psychology program—oriented more toward practice rather than research—you’ll develop the tools needed to succeed in fields such as counseling, education, and business.


As a Pace University psychology student, you’ll find a variety of opportunities for diverse research, networking, and lifelong professional and personal friendship. Our faculty members are active researchers, scholars, and practitioners, and they encourage student collaboration and engagement with their work.

On the Westchester Campus, the Trauma, Social Processes, and Resilience Lab conducts original research on how people cope with—and successfully adapt to—significant life stressors.

In New York City, the Thomas J. McShane Center for Psychological Services serves as a training and research center for psychotherapy and diagnostic, and the Parent-Child Institute fosters research on parents and children. Other research groups include the Dyson College Center for Global Psychology, Pace Institute for Creativity, Center for Urban Health and Education Research, Social Justice and Health Equity Psychology Lab, and the Digital Media and Psychology Lab.

Annual co-curricular experiences are the Pace University Psychology Conference, sponsored by the Department of Psychology on our New York City Campus, and undergraduate awards. Additionally, the student-led Psi Chi (the international honor society in psychology) chapter at Pace sponsors various activities and events, including resume-building workshops, lectures, professional meetings, and colloquia.

“There are many factors that make our department unique, dynamic, and exciting. The one that stands out is diversity—local and global. This diversity is reflected in the diversity of our students, faculty, and staff, and in the breadth and depth of research and clinical experiences available to students.”—Sonia Suchday, PhD, Professor and Chair, NYC Campus


A degree in psychology is excellent preparation for work in a variety of fields, including counseling, education, health care, law, management, research, and sports psychology.


  • Clinical psychologist
  • Experimental or research psychologist
  • Human resources manager
  • Industrial/organizational psychologist
  • Marketing director
  • Personal life coach
  • School psychologist
  • Social worker