Applied Psychology

BA in Liberal Studies with a Concentration in Applied Psychology

Psychological theory and practice have philosophical, social, and political implications. The profession has given rise to a mental health industry and a variety of professional roles and responsibilities. The Applied Psychology concentration encourages students to examine the values and biases embedded in psychological theory as well as the historical, societal, and political context of psychological theories and practices.

Applied Psychology

The curriculum is designed to provide students with knowledge of psychology across a number of sub-disciplines including clinical, community, developmental, and global psychology. Courses focus on theory and intervention skills that modify behavior, teach client skills, or support individuals who are experiencing psychological distress. They also learn case management skills, client advocacy, and the process of referral to other professionals and agencies. Emphasis is placed on diversity and its effects on the study and practice of psychology. Within this broad context, students acquire research skills, study particular areas in depth, and are encouraged to apply theoretical knowledge through internship placements in the community.

The Applied Psychology concentration is relevant for anyone interested in a career in psychology related fields in corporate, public, government and nonprofit organizations. This concentration prepares students for careers providing psycho-education and/or support, using basic counseling skills to support clients or assist them with problem solving as well as following treatment plans designed to reduce symptoms or modify behaviors.


In accordance with American Psychological Association (APA) recommendations, students in the Psychology Concentration are advised to take a broad range of liberal arts courses. Specifically, the APA recommends courses in the arts, science, philosophy, and quantitative studies in addition to psychology. To better understand diverse communities, Antioch recommends courses that focus on gender, ethnic and racial differences, and various forms of disability.

In addition to the BA degree requirements, students pursuing any concentration must complete a minimum of 30 and a maximum of 60-quarter units with at least 24 upper-division units completed at AUSB.

Students are strongly encouraged to complete several of the following courses (chosen in consultation with an Academic Advisor):

  • Global Perspectives on Stress
  • Counseling Theory & Technique
  • Personal Relationships
  • Psychology of Gender & Sexuality
  • Culture & Emotions
  • Issues in Substance-based & Process Addictions
  • Psychopathology:  The Nature of Mental Illness
  • Positive Psychology
  • Theories of Personality
  • Transformations of Consciousness
  • Community Psychology & Social Change
  • Healing From Trauma
  • Principles of Group Counseling
  • Family Systems
  • Adult Development & Aging
  • Child Psychology
  • Child Advocacy
  • Parent/Child Relationship
  • Adolescent Development
  • Theories of Learning & Cognition
  • Group Dynamics
  • Anthrozoology: Human-Animal Relations
  • Conflict Management I:  Nature & Cause of Conflict
  • Child Development & Learning
  • Ethical & Legal Issues in Human Services
  • Latino Community in American Society