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Applied Psychology - B.S.

Students Working in Research Groups

Graduates will be prepared to work in a variety of human and social service settings – interviewing, problem solving with other professionals, and providing intervention services under professional supervision. Students will work with children and families, developmentally disabled individuals, the elderly, and those seeking drug and alcohol services.

Career Ready at Graduation

Organizations are continually hiring individuals with skills in working with people that have a strong background in Psychology applied to human services. Students will have spent time in a variety of human service agencies, and will be prepared to work with other professionals in counseling, habilitation and rehabilitation, and social work to assist clients become successful in their lives. Graduates will be qualified for immediate employment locally and nationally.

One of the Fastest Growing Fields

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in entry-level human services jobs is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations, with a 54-percent increase in health care and social assistance areas.

“If you want to seek a career helping people from all walks of life achieve to their potential, this program is for you! We are going to get students out into the field as quickly as possible through internships and in-class placements.”

—Professor John T. Nixon, Ph.D

Real World Experience

While traditional Bachelor of Arts programs in Psychology focus on research and broad psychological theory and concepts in a liberal arts context, SUNY Canton's approach emphasizes many of those theories and knowledge, but also the skills and strategies that are applied in real world field experiences. Our graduates will have spent a significant portion of their time as students in several human service locations around the North Country area, helping work with people who have psychological distress, developmental delays, and behavioral problems.

Helping People

The focus of our program is providing the skills needed to help people of diverse backgrounds and varied life issues. Students who did well in high school life sciences and who are well-rounded individuals, with a dream of helping others, often do well in our program.

Applied Psychology Students

While working with licensed and certified human service professionals, will be prepared to:

  • Help assess clients
  • Assist in identifying and employing best practices in crisis interventions for clients
  • Carry out programs developed in collaboration with supervising professionals
  • Apply professional and legal standards in daily work assignments
  • Use scientific research to help develop successful intervention programs for clients
  • Employ knowledge of counseling and intervention strategies to collaboratively develop successful life programs for clients

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Applied Psychology
Bruce Kenna
Curriculum Coordinator
315-386-7387
kenna@canton.edu