Rivier’s Psychology Department programs develop students' understanding and knowledge of individual and group dynamics and provide a solid background in the scientific study of human behavior. Graduates of the program successfully work as social work case managers, juvenile justice workers, program directors, mental health counselors, and more in a variety of fields including education, healthcare, social services, government, business, and industry.
Rivier’s programs in human development and psychology offer built-in flexibility, so that you can tailor your degree to your individual interests and goals. Many students choose to combine this major with a minor in a related field.
In preparing for a career or graduate school, students often collaborate with faculty members to conduct research in an area of interest. Faculty in the Psychology Department have published in peer-reviewed academic journals, and their research has been featured in national and regional newspapers, including USA Today, the Nashua Telegraph, and the Manchester Union Leader. Students have presented at professional conferences, including the New England Psychological Association Conference, and graduates have continued on to master's and doctoral programs in psychology, social work, law, education, and business.
• Students learn SPSS (Statistical Package for Social Sciences), the statistical software used in graduate school and the workplace.
• The Behavioral Science Lab offers opportunities for students to design and implement experiments and to analyze and interpret results.
• The department has a close relationship with local agencies, allowing for a wide variety of internships and service learning opportunities. Students who are interested in pursuing careers in psychology, human development, and social work are strongly encouraged to gain professional experience by taking advantage of these programs.
• Students learn more and build their resumes with valuable hands-on experience. Many Rivier students volunteer or intern at local social service agencies, such as Boys & Girls Inc., the Nashua Youth Council, the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter, and the N.H. State Women’s Prison.
• The Psychology Club and other campus organizations offer students cocurricular opportunities to enhance their academic and professional preparation.