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.
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:
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:
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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