Exploring the science of behavior and mental processes will interest anyone intrigued by why people think, feel and behave the way they do. Our program leads students to new discoveries into how social, interpersonal and cultural practices affect us, providing invaluable skills for careers in which success is dependent upon understanding what it means to be human.
Our psychology program tailors each student’s education to their own unique interests, talents and passions. Coursework is based on the American Psychological Association guidelines for undergraduate education and faculty areas of expertise, and motivated students are encouraged to augment their classroom learning with independent research and fieldwork.
Our curriculum focuses on emotional and intellectual growth, developmental processes, social forces affecting individual and group behavior, deviation from mental health, human cognition, the quantification and measurement of behavior, how we learn, biological influences, motivational forces, optimal human functioning and what makes each person unique.
We are affiliated with two board-approved internship placements in applied behavior analysis and also have placements at Child & Family, the Women's Resource Center, the Newport County YMCA and CODAC Behavioral Healthcare, among others. Through our popular accelerated program, qualified undergraduates can earn their bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in applied behavior analysis within five years.
Life After Salve
We encourage students to work closely with faculty to make the most of their education and to reach their fullest potential. Our rigorous academic focus and dedication to mercy values are invaluable to students interested in developing the skills and drive they need to prepare themselves for the challenge of becoming lifelong learners and to help others do the same.
Our graduates receive a solid education in the main subject areas of psychology sufficient to prepare them for careers where a background in psychology is advantageous, including:
- Admissions counselor
- Behavior analyst
- Child life specialist
- Clinical psychologist
- Counseling psychologist
- Drug counselor
- Educational psychologist
- Financial aid officer
- Industrial organizational psychologist
- Personnel officer
- Probation officer
- Public relations officer
- Rehabilitation counselor
- School psychologist
- Secondary education teacher
- Social worker
- Sports psychologist
Experience in the field and mentorship from professors and supervisors has made my investment in a Salve Regina education worthwhile and personally fulfilling. Now, with the relationships I have made and maintained and the education I have received, doors keep opening up to new and exciting opportunities.
Anamaria Arteaga ’16, ’17 (M), behavior analyst, Momentum Behavioral Health Services