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Psychology (BA)

 brantford | Also available in waterloo

Psychology is the study of human behaviour and mental processes with the goal of understanding why people think, feel and behave in the ways that they do. In our Psychology program, you’ll learn about the roles that genetics, personality, social factors, external environments, cultural differences and societal context haveinm influencing these behaviours and processes. During your undergrad, you will develop a solid understanding of the principles of human behaviour and be able to apply these principles in a responsible, engaged way.

In Brantford, the opportunity to work one-on-one with research-active faculty and community will allow to apply in class knowledge to real-world experiences. We also offer a direct-entry Forensic Psychology Specialization, which provides a broad overview of psychology with an added focus on the role of psychology in the criminal justice system.

Forensic Psychology Specialization

The Forensic Psychology Specialization brings together the fields of psychology and criminology. It explores how psychology can help us better understand crime, criminals, victims and the law, asking questions such as: What are the best ways to assess, treat and manage criminal and antisocial behaviour? What makes a person fit to stand trial? How accurate is eyewitness testimony? How do juries make their decisions?

The Forensic Psychology Specialization is open to all Psychology students on our Brantford campus to enhance their degree and add to their credentials. It includes the same courses as a traditional Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology, with additional specialized courses in forensic psychology and criminology. This gives you all the advantages of a psychology degree, but with an added focus on forensic psychology.

You’ll take introductory and advanced courses on forensic psychology from the Psychology department and forensic-related courses from Laurier’s Criminology department such as:

  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
  • Psychology of Crime
  • Offender Rehabilitation
  • Addiction and Crime

A degree in psychology already gives you lots of career options. The Forensic Psychology Specialization will expand your options to include forensic- and law-related jobs, such as:

  • Child protection worker
  • Corrections officer
  • Mental health worker
  • Forensic psychologist (with additional graduate training)

Why Psychology At Brantford?

With our small class sizes and close-knit environment, you’ll get a unique educational experience at the Brantford campus. With lots of opportunities for field placements, you’ll receive practical experience in community settings like daycare centres, educational institutions, community centres and human-service agencies. We also offer opportunities to get involved in current research projects with our faculty members.

You’ll graduate from our program with a solid grounding in psychological theory and experience working in the field. This, combined with the other benefits of a social science degree (critical thinking skills, communication skills, project management and analytical skills), will give you the qualifications that employers are looking for.

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Program Highlights

  • View the Psychology experience guide and learn about the opportunities at Laurier that will help prepare you, both inside and outside the classroom, for your future career.
  • Psychology students participate in Community Service-Learning (CSL) placements where you volunteer at a service organizations within the Brantford community, such as a soup kitchen or a facility for children.
  • Our professors are accomplished researchers and teachers who are excited to give you the education you need to pursue your goals.
  • New in September 2017, you can take a direct-entry Forensic Psychology specialization to enhance your degree.

Sample Courses

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Community Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Clinical Psychology


  • Admission range of mid 70s.
  • English at 60%.
  • One of the following: 3M Functions, 3U Functions and Relations or any 4U Mathematics at 60%.
  • English calculated in admission average.
  • More admission requirements, including requirements for transfer students, are available in our admissions toolkit.

International Baccalaureate Requirements

  • HL or SL English at 3.
  • HL or SL Mathematics at 3.
  • IB Minimum Score: 26.

Design Your Degree

These are a few popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:

  • Criminology
  • Youth and Children's Studies
  • Health Studies

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

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