B.A. in Psychology – Substance Use Disorders Track

BA Psychology with SUD track

Help improve the quality of life for those struggling with Substance Use Disorders.

Rivier’s psychology majors study the science of human behavior and mental processes to gain a greater understanding of how the body and mind work. Through coursework and psychological research studies, students develop strong analytical skills, and become effective communicators and creative problem solvers.

The rising number of drug-related deaths in the United States makes clear the need for more behavioral healthcare workers in the field of Substance Use Disorders (SUD). With a strong background in theory, research, and current perspectives on prevention and treatment, the Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a track in SUD is designed to address the challenges associated with these disorders and educate students preparing for careers in counseling, recovery services, advocacy, and public health.

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.

Professional positions associated with SUD counseling and advocacy are growing and offer many career opportunities.

Rivier University is a College of Distinction.

Department of Psychology
Rivier's high-quality, hands-on bachelor's programs prepare students for leadership roles in a global environment. For more information, visit the Department of Psychology.


B.A. in Psychology with the SUD track graduates can pursue roles as:

  • Case managers
  • Licensed alcohol and drug counselors (LADC)
  • Behavioral and mental health counselors
  • Court liaisons
  • Probation and parole officers
  • Public health educators

Note: Some careers require additional credentialing and/or graduate study.

Rivier’s Career Development Center (CDC) provides professional advising, assistance with career planning, internship options, job search information, and graduate school exploration. For a complete list of CDC resources, visit the Center’s webpage.