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Psychology (BA)

 waterloo | Also available in brantford

Psychology concerns itself with all aspects of human behaviour and mental processes, with the goal of understanding why people think, feel ad behave in the ways that they do. In our Psychology program, you will learn about the roles that genetics, personality, social factors, external environments, cultural differences and societal context have in influencing these behaviours and processes.

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology program at our Waterloo campus is structured to ensure that students are exposed to the breadth of content that exists within the discipline, while still permitting sufficient flexibility for students to pursue their own particular interests. You will come away with a solid understanding of the principles of human behaviour and be able to apply these principles in a responsible, engaged way.

We offer two different streams in our BA Psychology degree and you will apply for these streams at the end of your second year.

  • Psychology stream: offers you broad exposure to the major sub-fields of psychology, and prepares you for employment or graduate studies outside of psychology such as social work, teacher’s college, law school or speech language pathology.
  • Research specialist stream: (entered at the end of your second year) offers you training in research skills, along with considerable in-depth exposure to at least two of the sub-fields of psychology. You’ll also have the opportunity to complete an undergraduate thesis in your fourth year.

We also offer a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.

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Info for Current Students

Department of Psychology

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), a mandatory component of developmental and some other psychology courses. CSL will place you into a daycare facility, school, or service organization within the Waterloo community – a great way for you to get real-world experience.
  • In your upper years, you’ll have the opportunity to become involved in the cutting-edge research of our professors.
  • Our professors are not only accomplished researchers with international reputations, but also the best teachers you’ll find anywhere (many have won teaching awards), who are excited to give you the education you need to pursue your goals.

Sample Courses

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Drugs and Behaviour
  • Community Psychology
  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Psychology of Gender
  • Personality


  • Admission range of mid 70s.
  • 4U 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 of the many popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:

  • Criminology (Brantford or Waterloo campus)
  • Youth and Children's Studies (Brantford or Waterloo campus)
  • Sociology (Waterloo campus)
  • Health Studies (Brantford campus)

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

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