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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

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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, such as Dr. Danielle Law who developed the Child and Adolescent Research and Education (CARE) Lab. Through CARE, students have the opportunity to participate in research projects, attend conferences, learn about different theories and research methods, and/or give talks and presentations to children, youth and the community.

You’ll graduate from our program with a solid grounding in psychological theory and experience working in the field. Your BA in Psychology, 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.

Forensic Psychology Specialization

We offer a direct-entry Forensic Psychology Specialization, which 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 add another dimension 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. You'll get 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
  • Forensic Psychology, Advanced Topics in Forensic Psychology, Applied Forensic Psychology

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)

"Courses combine learning in the classroom with real-world experience through a Community Service-Learning placement. These were my favourite courses and my favourite part of the program. Having the chance to experience in real life what I was learning in the classroom, for three different courses, was one of the highlights of my Laurier experience."

– Sarah Martiniello (BA '17)

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