Bachelor Applied Psychology

The first year of the AP degree (propedeuse) mainly consists of building generic skills such as team-working, cross-cultural skills, communication skills, presentation skills, research skills, and (English) writing skills. It also serves as a general orientation to the fields of psychology and sociology. In the second year, at the starting point of the main phase, there is a gradual increase in subject-specific psychology courses.

The first two years are broad in design and include most of the general education courses, creating a strong liberal arts & sciences basis. In the second year, statistics and research methods are introduced. The third and fourth year focus on further specialization and, ultimately, the final thesis. Free electives (vrije keuzeruimte) can be used to tailor the degree program to the individual needs of the student, either by broadening or making it multi-disciplinary (applying courses from different disciplines such as in a minor), or by expanding or deepening the psychology contents.

Core curriculum

Global Citizenship courses (liberal arts and sciences)

  • History, Politics, Human Rights
  • Cultural Awareness (Religion, Literature)
  • Public Speaking
  • Foreign Language Proficiency

Psychology-supported skills and knowledge areas

  • Academic Skills
  • Academic Writing
  • Critical Thinking
  • College Algebra
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Sociology
  • Human Biology
  • Human Genetics

 Core psychology courses

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Statistics, SBSS
  • Psychological Tests and Measurements (diagnostic tools)
  • Research Methods
  • Stress Management
  • Issues in Contemporary Psychology
  • History, Philosophy, and Systems of Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology (Lifespan Development Perspectives)
  • Clinical and Counseling Perspectives
  • Abnormal Psychology (psychopathology and diagnostics)
  • Biological and Evolutionary Perspectives
  • Learning and Cognitive Perspectives
  • Community Psychology
  • International Psychology
  • Senior Overview

 Professional skills and orientation (vaardigheden)

  • Careers in Psychology
  • Management Theory and Practice / Entrepreneurship
  • Project Management
  • Field Research Project: Human Trafficking
  • Internship

 Electives (vrije keuzeruimte)

  • Advanced Studies in Psychology 6
  • Electives

 Psychology Graduation Project (afstudeerfase)

  • Report and Proposal Writing
  • Advanced Statistics
  • Advanced Reading: Thesis Research
  • Individual thesis

Learning Outcomes

 Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
  2. Detail the biological and genetic underpinnings of human behavior.
  3. Implement the use of critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to examine problems related to psychology.
  4. Describe the research methods and statistical techniques used in psychology.
  5. Develop a research hypothesis based on the available literature in psychology and then collect, analyze, and interpret data to address the question.
  6. Discuss the factors contributing to diversity, multiculturalism, and inequality within an international context.
  7. Discuss the occupational pursuits available in a variety of settings given their psychological knowledge, skills, and values.

The Applied Psychology program is accredited by the Dutch Flemish Agency for Accreditation (NVAO). Upon completion of this program, students will receive a Dutch HBO Bachelor diploma, as well as an American Bachelor of Science diploma in Applied Psychology.