2021-2022 Catalog

Applied Psychology, Bachelor of Arts

The B.A. in Applied Psychology program is designed to provide a thorough grounding in behavioral science at a practical level that will allow students entry into human services professions. It also prepares students wishing to advance to graduate work in counseling, social work, allied health professions, education or business. With innovative combinations of theory and practice, the curriculum engages students in creating a foundation for making knowledge work in the “real world.” The program provides successful graduates with necessary interpersonal skills, critical thinking abilities, theoretical knowledge, ethical consciousness, cross-cultural competence, and self-awareness to be contributing members of their professional communities.


Program Outcomes

The Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology will prepare students to:

Articulate own beliefs, values, thoughts, and knowledge through ongoing self-exploration and self-reflection.

Demonstrate the ability to explore/analyze issues, ideas, artifacts, and events to inform well-developed opinions and conclusions.

Demonstrate the ability to reason in an ethical manner and to reflect core beliefs and core competencies in authentic contexts.

Identify, analyze and apply key theories and models of psychological thought.

Identify, analyze and apply key theories and models of human behavior and interaction.

Demonstrate the ability to understand the complexity of various cultures and work constructively with people of diverse ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability, religious beliefs, and socio-economic status.

Demonstrate the ability to reason and solve problems in authentic contexts through the analysis and use of data.

Demonstrate the ability to develop and express ideas, while applying a variety of delivery models, genres, and styles.

Admission Requirements

City University of Seattle's undergraduate admission requirements, found under Admissions in the catalog menu, apply to this program. 

Total Required Credits (180 Credits)

Lower – Division Requirements (90 Credits)

Students must meet General Education requirements.  This is typically completed within the 90 required lower division credits. See the General Education Requirements section of this catalog for more detailed information.

For this program, Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning is met with the course MATH 107 Mathematical Reasoning and its Applications or higher.

General Education Requirements

Total Credits

College Composition II (CCII)

5 Credits

Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning (CM/QSR)

5 Credits

Humanities (HU)

15 Credits

Social Sciences (SS)

15 Credits

Natural Sciences (NS)

15 Credits

Preparatory Courses (10 Credits)

These preparatory courses may be applied towards CityU's General Education and Lower Division credit requirements. 
PSY 201Introduction To Psychology (SS)


PSY 202Understanding Human Development (SS)


Applied Psychology Core (60 Credits)

PSY 240Critical Thinking and Writing Skills in Social Sciences (HU)


PSY 209Fundamentals of Research Methods in Social Sciences (NS)


PSY 313Ethics (SS)


PSY 314Personality Theory (SS)


PSY 315Learning Theory (SS)


PSY 316Psychology of Difference (SS)


PSY 245Introduction to Social Psychology (SS)


PSY 411Organizational Behavior (SS)


PSY 413Neuropsychology (NS)


PSY 220Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology (SS)


SOC 412Sociology of the Family (SS)


PSY 498Senior Seminar


Upper Division Elective (5 Credits)

BAAP Specialized Study (25 Credits)*

The Specialized Study emphasis allows students to frame a degree focus in a specific area consistent with their current or anticipated field of interest or specialization. Students work with their advisor to identify the courses required for the specialized study concentration and document the rationale for the selections. This concentration proposal is subject to approval by the Program Director.

*Credits must be approved by Program Director