B.A. in 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 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.

You will work alongside credential faculty to design experiments in our Behavioral Science Lab, equipped with Empirisoft MediaLab and DirectRT software packages for precise measurements and with SPSS for data analysis. You will collect data and analyze and interpret results obtained from original research studies conducted under the mentorship of your faculty.

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, 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 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.

Careers

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

Industries

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

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 the B.A. in Psychology.