Nov 18, 2019  
2019-2020 Rivier Academic Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Rivier Academic Catalog

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Day)


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The undergraduate degree in psychology provides students with a broad background in psychology and a knowledge base and skills in reading, writing, conducting research, and problem solving that will be useful in almost any profession. Beyond the basic requirements set by the department in general psychology, statistics, research methods, biological foundations, and career preparation, there is a great deal of flexibility built into the major in how  students shape their undergraduate degree to prepare them for graduate work in psychology or for a variety of career options after graduation.

Graduates majoring in psychology have obtained jobs in a wide range of settings including child care, social services agencies, drug treatment centers, youth and adult residential care centers, crisis centers, senior citizen centers, and a host of federal, state and local agencies serving families and children. In addition, psychology majors receive increased knowledge and skills in topics that enhance their personal and family lives. A minor in Social Work can further enhance the marketability of the psychology degree.

Numerous internship and service-learning opportunities for the development of practical skills and experiences in the helping professions are available for the interested and motivated student who wishes to put their ideals into practice and for further development.

Please refer to the introduction to the Psychology  department for more information on this program.

Major Requirements (31 credits)


  • PSY 200 - Two electives
  • PSY 300 - Two electives
  • PSY 400 - One elective
    PSY 205 and PSY 206 must be taken in Sophomore year.

General Education Requirements (42-45 credits)


  • ENG 115 - Expositions and Arguments Credits: 3
  • REL 115 - The Dignity of Creaton: God and the Created Order Credits: 3
  • LNS 108 - Student Success: Campus to Community I Credits: 1
  • LNS 109 - Student Success: Campus to Community II Credits: 1
  • BIO 112 - Stewards of the Living World Credits: 3
  • SL 100 - Serving the World Credits: 1
  • MA 112 - College Algebra Credits: 3
  • Who is My Neighbor?  tudents explore this question in their second and third years.(6 credits)

    • HUM200+ Humanities: Literature, Art, and the Human
      Students take one -200 level interdisciplinary course that addresses a basic human question from the perspectives of the literary, visual, and musical arts. Credits: 3
    • HIS203 Interactions: The West in the World I Credits: 3 or
    • HIS204 Interactions: The West in the World II Credits: 3

    How Shall We Live? Students explore this question in their junior and senior years. (6 credits)

    • Religion: Faith, Religion, and Social Justice Credits: 3
      Students take one Religion course developed with this theme at its center.
    • Philosophy: Ethics, Values, and Moral Choices Credits: 3
      Students take one Philosophy course developed with this theme at its center.

    What, then, Shall We Do?  tudents explore this question in their junior or senior year. (3 credits)

    • Capstone: Justice and Global Responsibility Credits: 3
      Students take one of a number of offerings under Justice and Global Responsibility. This seminar serves as the culmination of the Common Core. Informed by problem-solving pedagogy, this seminar enhances the student’s connection with the Catholic vision of the University by focusing on justice and global responsibility.

    Area Distribution Courses: The Core Complement
    Humanities and Social Sciences (6 credits)

    • One course from: English, History, Modern Language, Philosophy, Religious Studies Credits: 3
    • One course from: Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology Credits: 3

    Mathematics and Natural Sciences (6 credits)

    • One course in Mathematics:  MA112 College Algebra or above Credits: 3
    • One course from: Computer Science, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, or Physical Science Credits: 3-4

    Culture through Language (6 credits)
    Students must demonstrate university-level introductory competency in a language other than English.

General Electives (48 credits)


Degree Requirements (minimum 120 credits)


SAMPLE DEGREE PLAN


Psychology, Bachelor of Arts (Day)

Year 1 - Fall

Year 1 - Spring

ENG115

FYS: Expositions & Arguments   

3 cr

REL115

FYS: God & Created Order

3 cr

PSY101

General Psychology

3 cr

PSY___

Psychology 200-level

3 cr   

___ ___

Natural Science Elective

3 cr

___ ___

Social Science Elective

3 cr

___ ___

Modern Language

3 cr

___ ___

Modern Language

3 cr

MA112

College Algebra or above

3 cr

___ ___

General Elective

3 cr

LNS108

WC: Student Success I

1 cr

LNS109

WC: Student Success II

1 cr

 

 

16

 

 

16

Year 2 - Fall

 

 

Year 2 - Spring

PSY205/L

Stats for the Behavioral Sciences

4 cr

PSY206

Experimental Psychology

3 cr

PSY___

Psychology 200-level

3 cr

HUM200

Literature, Art & Human

3 cr

HIS203/204

West in the World I or II

3 cr

BIO112

Stewards of the Living World

3 cr

___ ___

Humanities Elective

3 cr

___ ___

General Elective

3 cr

___ ___

General Elective

3 cr

___ ___

General Elective

3 cr

 

 

 

SL100

SL: Serving the World

1 cr

 

 

16

 

 

16

Year 3 - Fall

 

 

Year 3 - Spring

PSY___

Psychology 300-level

3 cr

PSY___

Psychology 300-level

3 cr

REL ___

Religion Elective

3 cr

JYS___

Junior Year Seminar

3 cr

___ ___

General Elective

3 cr

PHI ___

Philosophy Elective

3 cr

___ ___

General Elective

3 cr

___ ___

General Elective

3 cr

___ ___

General Elective

3 cr

___ ___

General Elective

3 cr

 

 

15

 

 

15

Year 4 - Fall

 

 

Year 4 - Spring

PSY408

Coordinating Seminar

3 cr

PSY404

Sensation & Perception OR

 

___ ___

General Elective

3 cr

PSY407 

Intro to Neuroscience

3 cr

___ ___

General Elective

3 cr

PSY___

Psychology 400-level

3 cr

___ ___

General Elective

3 cr

___ ___

General Elective

3 cr

___ ___

General Elective

3 cr

___ ___

General Elective

3 cr

 

 

 

___ ___

General Elective

3 cr

 

 

15

 

 

15

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