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Psychology (BA)

 brantford | Also available in waterloo

As a psychology student, you’ll learn about all aspects of human behaviour. You’ll study how our brains work, how children develop and grow, how we perceive and interpret the world around us, how mental illness develops, and other topics that help explain how and why we behave the way we do. Our Psychology program at the Brantford campus delves into these behaviours and processes, as well as how groups, individuals, external environments and society can affect them.

Beginning in September 2017, you can also take our direct-entry Forensic Psychology Specialization, which gives you 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

  • Psychology students participate in Community Service-Learning (CSL) throughout their degree. CSL will place you into service organizations within the Brantford community, such as a soup kitchen or a facility for children.
  • Our professors are not only accomplished researchers but also 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.
  • Check out other options 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

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