Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Applied Psychology and Human Development

Do you want to enrich the lives of people every day? Do you want to improve the communities, schools, and families around you and throughout the world? Are you looking for a practical major that opens up a variety of options in employment, graduate school, and leadership?

If so, then a degree in Applied Psychology and Human Development is your first step. The program prepares students to contribute to society through social and community service, counseling, human development, educational psychology and leadership. 

The Applied Psychology and Human Development program in the Lynch School of Education and Human Development is a top choice among Boston College undergraduates. That’s because our faculty features leading researchers and our focus is always on application and meaningful learning in the classroom and in the local, national, and international communities.

The program features:

  • Nationally and internationally recognized faculty in applied developmental, educational, and counseling psychology
  • A foundational 10-course sequence in developmental psychology and an introduction to counseling
Faculty Program Coordinator: Dr. Elida Laski


undergraduate majors in 2016

Institutional Research


of our students attend graduate training

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Where do our graduates work?




Sales Representative

Massachusetts General Hospital

Research Assistant


Human Resources Coordinator

Hill Holiday

Assitant Account Executive

Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence

Social Worker

Brandeis University

International Coordinator

Wellington Management

Business Associate

Starcom Media Vest

Junior Media Associate


Career paths chosen by previous graduates of the CDEP Department.

Program Faculty & Expertise

Why study psychology in a school of education?

The Applied Psychology and Human Development major in the Lynch School of Education emphasizes state of the art connections between research, theory, and practice. Through practica and community involvement, students gain real-world experience and graduate prepared to apply what they learned in an array of community, education, business, and policy settings.