B.A. in Psychology

  • B.A.
  • Undergraduate
  • On Campus
  • Counseling & Psychology

Prepare to shape the future of psychology through a career in healthcare, education, social services, business, government, or a variety of additional industries and professions.

Why Study Psychology at Rivier?

Rivier’s B.A. in Psychology program will develop your knowledge of individual and group dynamics and give you an in-depth understanding of the scientific study of human behavior, both individually and within society.

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

Hands-On Learning

You will gain valuable, resume-building experience in an internship that matches your career interests and goals. You can take advantage of opportunities to study abroad and participate in faculty-led teaching trips that will supplement your classroom learning.

Under the mentorship of faculty, you can design experiments, collect data, and analyze and interpret results obtained from original research studies.

I work directly with clients to provide assistance. My internship is helping me discover the type of people I want to help in the future.

Mental Health & Addiction Studies Track

Select the Mental Health & Addiction Studies track and help improve the quality of life of those suffering from substance use disorder (SUD). With a strong background in theory, research, and current perspectives on prevention and treatment, the Psychology degree with a track in Mental Health & Addiction Studies 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)

B.A. in Psychology program graduates are workforce ready and well-positioned for success in the competitive job market and for graduate study at the master’s and doctoral levels. The Addiction Studies track 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.

Where Will Your B.A. in Psychology 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.


  • Social services case managers
  • Residential counselors
  • Behavioral technicians
  • Probation and parole officers
  • Substance use-disorders counselors
  • Child care professionals
  • Sales representatives and market researchers
  • Career counselors


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

Graduate Studies

Our graduates are well prepared to pursue master’s or doctoral 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 the B.A. in Psychology.