Jan 28, 2023  
2022-2023 Rivier University Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 Rivier University Academic Catalog

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Online)

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 including 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.

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

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a degree in Psychology should be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of and apply the major content domains, concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology;
  • Apply scientific methodology and information literacy skills to understand psychological concepts, problem solve, and design and conduct research;
  • Use critical and creative thinking and the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes;
  • Weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline;
  • Demonstrate technological literacy and the ability to use computers and other technology for many purposes;
  • Communicate effectively in a variety of formats;
  • Understand and value the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity and a commitment to social justice;
  • Develop insight into one’s own and others’ behavior and mental processes and apply effective strategies for self-management and self-improvement, project management and teamwork;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to building community at local, national, and global levels;
  • Implement their psychology knowledge, skills, and values in a variety of occupational settings or in advanced graduate school programs.

Major Requirements (40 credits)

  • PSY 200 - Two electives
  • PSY 300 - Three electives
  • PSY 300/ 400 - One elective
  • PSY 400 - Two electives

General Education Requirements (42 credits)

Required Courses (12 credits)

Area Distribution Courses (18 credits)

Choose two courses from each area:

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

General Ed Liberal Arts Electives (12 credits)

Choose four courses from the above Area Distribution Requirements.

General Electives (27 credits)

Degree Requirements (minimum 120 credits)