Applied Psychology

An understanding of psychology can be applied to every aspect of professional and personal life. The Department of Applied Psychology offers courses that provide a deep understanding of the self, other people, and how to apply that knowledge to a broad range of professional fields.


Jennifer Gullotti '12: Second-year law student at University of Chicago Law School

“Athletics drew me to Bryant. I was in the first class of Division I field hockey recruits,” says Psychology, Politics and Law major Jennifer Gullotti ’12 who excelled on the field and in the classroom. “I came in as an undecided major and fell in love with the content and material of my psychology classes as a freshman. I started studying politics and law as a sophomore, but I didn’t make a solid decision to study law as an undergraduate.”

A keen sense of analysis and discipline, both acquired at Bryant, helps Gullotti succeed in law school.

To determine if law was truly her chosen path, Gullotti worked for Krooth & Altman in Washington, D.C., after graduation. She dealt with multifamily residential transactions, preparing deals for closing. Through this experience, Gullotti realized that practicing law was what she wanted to do.

She enrolled in the University of Chicago Law School—ranked fourth in the country in 2016 by U.S. News. Succeeding at such a prestigious institution requires a keen sense of analysis and discipline, both of which Gullotti mastered at Bryant.

“Studying psychology taught me to avoid jumping to conclusions. I had to conduct factual analyses; this practice helps me structure legal arguments. Additionally, as a student-athlete, I maintained an intense schedule, so I honed my time management skills.”

She will apply these capabilities as a summer associate at Kirkland & Ellis, LLP, in Washington, D.C., this year. An international commercial law firm, it handles complex litigation, corporate, intellectual property, e-commerce, tax and planning and business formation.

Gullotti anticipates that this experience will lead to a job offer after she earns her J.D. in 2017.

Joining one of the country’s top law firms will be a testament to both Bryant’s ability to cultivate skills required to succeed in an age of unlimited global opportunity and Gullotti’s determination to excel in a highly competitive academic and professional landscape.