B.A. in Psychology (Online)

Gain a strong foundation with an online B.A. Psychology degree to launch a career in human services.

Why Study Psychology at Rivier?

In Rivier’s online Psychology program, you will develop strong communication and analytical skills while gaining an in-depth understanding of the scientific study of human behavior, both individually and within society.

This program takes place in a convenient, online learning environment, allowing you to complete your education and maintain your current work and personal schedule. Multiple term starts, a generous transfer credit policy, and competitive tuition rates are all designed to help you start, and finish, faster.

In this program you will:

  • Study the science of human behavior and mental processes to gain a greater understanding of how the body and mind work.
  • Combine coursework with psychological research studies to bring classroom learning to life
  • Develop strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Become an effective communicator and collaborator

Specialized study topics include drugs and behaviors, counseling theories and practice, human sexuality, social psychology, and more.

Flexible Format

  • Next Start Date: September 3, 2019
  • Est. Program Length: 2–4 years
  • Credit Hours: 120-121
  • Course Length: 7 weeks

Substance Use Disorders Track

Select the Substance Use Disorders track and help improve the quality of life of those suffering from substance misuse, addiction, alcoholism, and drug dependence. With a strong background in theory, research, and current perspectives on prevention and treatment, the Psychology degree with a track in Substance Use Disorders is designed to address the challenges associated with these disorders and educate students preparing for careers in counseling, recovery services, advocacy, and public health.

Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC)

Program graduates will be workforce ready and well-positioned for success in the competitive job market and for graduate study at the master’s and doctoral levels. This program is designed to meet the educational requirements necessary for Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) licensure. After the completion of the B.A. degree, licensure generally requires passing an exam, completing a case study, and documenting 4,000 hours of post-baccalaureate supervised counseling in the area of SUD. LADC licensing requirements vary by state.

Dr. Elizabeth Harwood, Assistant Professor and Psychology Department Coordinator, was awarded the 2016 New Hampshire Excellence in Higher Education Award, recognizing her professional accomplishments and excellence in inspiring students to learn in the classroom. In addition to research and teaching, she serves on the Greater Nashua Substance Misuse Prevention Leadership Team and speaks on the science of addiction in many public forums.

Where Will Your Degree Take You?

Graduates are prepared for a variety of careers in healthcare, social services, education, business, and government agencies. A minor in Social Work can further enhance your career marketability.

Careers

  • Social services case managers
  • Residential counselors
  • Youth rehabilitation counselors
  • Research assistants
  • Behavior interventionists
  • Probation and parole officers
  • Substance use-disorders counselors
  • Career counselors

Industries

  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Social Services
  • Government
  • Business in both public and private sectors
  • Marketing
  • Communications

Graduate Studies

Our graduates are well prepared to pursue master’s level study in counseling, school counseling, experimental psychology, social work, and other related fields.

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Join the workforce in a variety of careers with a B.A. in Psychology.