Psychology

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.

Roger Williams University offers a Bachelor of Science as well as a 4 + 1 B.A./M.A.in Psychology, with the master's portion of the degree in Forensic and Legal Psychology.

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.

The Psychology Major

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Psychology majors possess 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. The psychology graduate is well prepared for advanced study in psychology and other fields. In addition, the psychology graduate has the skills useful for a wide range of careers, including human resources, management, marketing, and the mental health professions.

Degree Requirements

Majors pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in psychology must satisfy University Core Curriculum requirements, the College speech requirement, COMM 210; a mathematics course at the level of MATH 124 or above (MATH 124 is recommended); the courses listed below, and a sufficient number of electives to total 120 credits. Majors are encouraged to apply electives to a minor or second major.
PSYCH100Introduction to Psychology 
PSYCH240Quantitative Analysis 
PSYCH340Research Methods 
PSYCH440Experimental Psychology with Laboratory
PSYCH446Seminar in Psychology 
PSYCH499Applied Practicum in Psychology 

Alternate Courses

Students are allowed to substitute one of the following courses for PSYCH 499 Applied Practicum in Psychology. Please note that PSYCH 451 Senior Thesis has a prerequisite of PSYCH 450 Research in Psychology.
PSYCH498Research Practicum in Psychology 
PSYCH451Senior Thesis in Psychology 

Students must take one course from each of the following content areas. At least three courses must be at the 300-level or higher.

Clinical/Psychopathology

PSYCH250Introduction to Theories of Personality 
PSYCH280Introduction to Psychopathology 
PSYCH315Introduction to Clinical Psychology 
PSYCH320Forensic Psychology 
PSYCH356Counseling: Theory and Skills 

Diversity

PSYCH220Psychology of Women 
PSYCH230Psychology of Men 
PSYCH295Introduction to Cross-Cultural Psychology 
PSYCH360Multicultural Psychology 
PSYCH395Themes in Cultural Psychology 
PSYCH419Psychology of Religion 

Cognitive/Biological

PSYCH261Introduction to Neuroscience 
PSYCH303Cognitive Psychology 
PSYCH362Animal Behavior 
PSYCH365Sensation and Perception 
PSYCH367Evolutionary Psychology 

Developmental

PSYCH211Child Development 
PSYCH311Psychology of the Family 
PSYCH312Psychology of Adolescence 
PSYCH313Psychology of Infancy 
PSYCH314Psychology of Adulthood 

Applied

PSYCH205Psychology and Work 
PSYCH255Social Psychology 
PSYCH310Applied Social Psychology 
PSYCH326Health Psychology 
PSYCH362Legal Psychology 

Additional Six-Credits

Course Credits

Students take an additional six credits in psychology courses

The Psychology Minor

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PSYCH100Introduction to Psychology 

and five (5) additional Psychology courses, three of which must be at the 300-level or above.

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?

Employers

  • 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