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2021-2022 Rivier University Academic Catalog 
2021-2022 Rivier University Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with Addiction Studies Track (Online)

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The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology online program is designed for adult learners interested in advancing their career in a variety of human service settings. This degree program provides students with a broad background in psychology and a knowledge base and skills that will be useful in almost any profession and for students interested in pursuing graduate work in psychology after graduation. To meet the needs of working professionals, and to keep current with alternative course deliveries, the courses are offered in an online format.

The rising number of drug-related deaths in the United States makes clear the need for more behavioral health care 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 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.

Program graduates will be workforce ready and well-positioned for success in the competitive job market and for graduate studies 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.

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

Foundation Courses (12 credits)

Area Distribution Courses (18 credits)

Choose two courses from each area:

  • Humanities: English, History, Modern Language, Philosophy, Religion
  • Natural/Physical Sciences, Mathematics and Technology: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics
  • Social Sciences: Economics, Geography, Human Development, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work

General Education Liberal Arts Electives (12 credits)

Choose four courses from the Area Distribution Courses.

Electives (27 credits)

Degree Requirements (Minimum): 120 credits

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