Applied Psychology (APSY)

The profession has given rise to a mental health industry and a variety of professional roles and responsibilities. This 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. 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. Emphasis is placed on diversity and its effects on the study and practice of psychotherapy.

This 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.

To better understand diverse communities, Antioch recommends courses that focus on gender, ethnic and racial differences, and various forms of disability. Students who seek preparation for graduate work at the doctoral level should also participate in research activities with an Antioch faculty member. In accordance with American Psychological Association (APA) recommendations, students in the Psychology concentration are advised to take a broad range of liberal arts courses in the arts, science, philosophy, and quantitative studies in addition to psychology.

In addition to the degree requirements, students pursuing any concentration must complete a minimum of 36 and a maximum of 60 quarter units with at least 24 upper-division units completed at AUSB.

Recommended Prerequisites:


  • General Psychology
  • Human Development
  • Social Psychology

Alcohol and Drug Counseling:

  • General Psychology
  • Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • Individual/Group Counseling Techniques

Require Courses for the Concentration (36 units)

PSY 3400 Theories of Personality (3) PHL 3690 Ethical Issues in Human Services (3)
PSY 3440 Social Psychology (3) CDE 3430 Theories of Learning and Cognition (3)
QNT 3890 Research Methods (3) PSY 3451 Contemporary Practices in Community Mental Health (3)
SOC 3510 Diversity and Cultural Awareness (3) Three Electives (3)
PSY 3201 Counseling Theory and Technique (3) INT 3081 Capstone (3)

Internships that provide hands-on experience in psychology may be designed in a variety of settings. Antioch encourages students to design their own internships or seek intern placements at a variety of community agencies. Options include working with populations affected by addiction, violence, homelessness, developmental disabilities, etc.

Preparation for Graduate Study
The Applied Psychology concentration prepares students for graduate work in psychology, social work, and other related fields. It provides a meaningful background for a variety of other professional careers, as knowledge in psychology is central to many professions in our service-oriented society.

Students who intend to pursue doctoral-level graduate work in psychology should plan on independent study in an area of research beyond the required Research Methods and Statistics course sequence. In their studies, they should be sure to develop library research skills and familiarity with some research in their field of interest. The Advisor should also be consulted concerning particular course work. Antioch offers both a Masters in Clinical Psychology and Doctorate of Clinical Psychology.



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