Critical thinking, openness to new worldviews and an appreciation for diversity -- these are the values that a degree in Psychology provides. At RWU, you’ll learn how to apply these skills to research that helps solve problems in our community and society. Our Psychology students are prepared for graduate school as well as a wide range of careers, including human resources, management, marketing and education.

Students in the Psychology program will learn the methods and skills that enable them to evaluate published research and think critically about their own ideas and those of others. They are prepared to apply these methods to the problems of community and of the larger society. They are capable of tolerance for the views of others and able to appreciate the value of diversity.

With skilled mental health professionals in increasing demand as practitioners, the Psychology program at RWU prepares students to pursue graduate study in Psychology and other fields, or to enter any number of careers where these skillsets are applicable, including human resources, management, marketing, education and the mental health professions.

Our student learning outcomes center on encouraging the development in our students of a deep and broad knowledge base in the discipline of Psychology. We also provide a foundation to develop skills needed to design and evaluate research, we foster critical thinking in our students, enhance students' appreciation of diversity, promote students' awareness of ethical issues in Psychology, and prepare them for success in a wide range of careers, including graduate study.

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Student Learning Outcomes

  1. To encourage the development in our students of a deep and broad knowledge base in the discipline of Psychology
  2. To help students to develop skills needed to design and evaluate research
  3. To foster critical thinking in our students
  4. To enhance students’ appreciation of diversity
  5. To promote students’ awareness of ethical issues in Psychology
  6. To prepare students for success in a wide‐range of careers, including graduate study

Internship Opportunities

  • Butler Hospital
  • Newport Mental Health
  • Communities for People
  • State of R.I. DCYF
  • East Bay Mental Health
  • Adult Correctional Institution

Research Projects

  • How accurate is eyewitness testimony?
  • Jury selection in the courts: A scientific model
  • Do men and women learn differently?
  • Is “whiteness” part of “multiculturalism?”
  • How do we choose our romantic partners?
  • How do parents balance the needs of work and family?


  • State of RI DCYF
  • Butler Hospital
  • Child and Family Services of Newport
  • Proctor & Gamble

Graduate Study

  • Roger Willams University School of Law
  • John Jay College
  • University of Rhode Island
  • Suffolk University
  • Hofstra University
  • Rutgers University
  • SUNY: Binghamton
  • Tufts University
  • University of Central Florida
  • Columbia University
  • NYU
  • Smith College
  • New School of Social Research NYC
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