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Psychology


Three-Year General Psychology

Eligibility for graduation in the General Psychology program includes fulfillment of the following requirements:

  1. Successful completion of a minimum of 30 term courses including the Faculty of Arts Group requirements with a cumulative overall average of at least 60%.
  2. At least ten term courses must be in Psychology, including:

It is recommended that the first three requirements in item 2 above be completed by the end of Year Two.

A minimum cumulative Psychology average of at least 65% is required.

* Advanced PSYCH courses are those not used to fulfill other Psychology requirements and which have prerequisites beyond the 100-level.

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Four-Year General Psychology

The purpose of this program is to enable Honours Psychology students who have completed their third year in Honours Psychology, but who are below the 75% average requirement for Honours Psychology, to receive recognition for a fourth year of study.

Students in Honours Psychology who have completed 11 term courses in Psychology, have met the first four Honours requirements in item 2 above, have a cumulative Psychology average of at least 70%, and a cumulative overall average of at least 60%, may transfer to the Four-Year General Psychology program. Students may not combine this program with: Honours; Minors in other than an Arts discipline; Co-op or Applied Studies; or with certain Options.

Students are advised that the Four-Year General Psychology Program is not equivalent to the Honours Psychology Program. For admission to graduate programs in Psychology, an Honours Degree with a thesis is normally required.

Eligibility for graduation in the Four-Year General Psychology program includes the fulfillment of the following requirements:

  1. Successful completion of a minimum of 40 term courses including the Faculty of Arts Group requirements with a cumulative overall average of at least 60% and a cumulative Psychology average of at least 70%.
  2. At least 16 term courses must be in Psychology, including:

Notes

  1. When applying for admission to Honours Psychology, students who have already completed a research methods course and/or a statistics course should check the list of overlapping courses and consult with the Psychology Undergraduate Office.
  2. Students may not use PSYCH 392 to satisfy both the Natural Science and Social Science Research requirements. Students may substitute PSYCH 465 (Applied Apprenticeship) or PSYCH 466 (Education Apprenticeship) for one of the third-year Research requirements.
  3. Advanced PSYCH courses are those not used to fulfill other Psychology requirements and which have prerequisites beyond the 100-level. Advanced PSYCH courses are designated as Natural Science or Social Science in the course descriptions.

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Honours Psychology

Students interested in Honours or Joint Honours in Psychology will normally be admitted at the beginning of their second year of study based on their academic performance in at least ten term courses in Year One, including PSYCH 101 and preferably one term course from Disipline Core below. Application for admission to Honours Psychology is made at the time of pre-registration for Year Two. Normally, only students whose Year One cumulative overall average is at least 70% and whose cumulative Psychology average is at least 75% will be admitted. Owing to resource limitations, however, fulfillment of the minimum entrance average requirements will not guarantee students admission to Honours Psychology, and higher averages may be required for admission. To remain in good standing in Honours Psychology, students must maintain a cumulative overall average of at least 60% and a cumulative Psychology average of at least 75%. Conditional status for one academic term only may be granted to students who fall below these criteria.

Eligibility for graduation in the Honours Psychology Program includes fulfillment of the following requirements:

  1. Successful completion of a minimum of 40 term courses including the Faculty of Arts Group requirements with a cumulative overall average of at least 60% and a cumulative Psychology average of at least 75%.
  2. At least 17 term courses must be in Psychology, including:
Recommended Course Sequence 4
Year One
PSYCH 101 and one course from Discipline Core
Eight additional term courses

Year Two
PSYCH 291/292
Three courses from Discipline Core
Five additional term courses

Year Three
PSYCH 391
One course from Discipline Core
One Natural Science Research Course
One Social Science Research Course
One Advanced Course in PSYCH
Five additional term courses

Year Four
One Advanced Course in PSYCH
Three PSYCH electives
One Honours Seminar in PSYCH
Five additional term courses

Notes

  1. When applying for admission to Honours Psychology, students who have already completed a research methods course and/or a statistics course should check the list of overlapping courses and consult with the Psychology Undergraduate Office.
  2. Students may not use PSYCH 392 to satisfy both the Natural Science and Social Science Research requirements. Students not doing an Honours Thesis may substitute PSYCH 465 (Applied Apprenticeship) or PSYCH 466 (Education Apprenticeship) for one of the third-year Research requirements.
  3. Advanced PSYCH courses are those not used to fulfill other Psychology requirements and which have prerequisites beyond the 100-level. Advanced PSYCH courses are designated as Natural Science or Social Science in the course descriptions.
  4. Students entering the Honours Psychology Program inJYear Three should consult the Psychology Undergraduate Office for further information.

Thesis

An Honours Thesis (PSYCH 499A/B/C) is recommended for students who are 1) considering graduate or professional programs that may require a completed honours thesis for admission, or 2) who have a strong interest in, and commitment to, conducting original research. PSYCH 499A/B/C may substitute for the three PSYCH electives listed in item 2 above. Students doing an Honours thesis may not substitute PSYCH 465 (Applied Apprenticeship) or PSYCH 466 (Education Apprenticeship) for one of the third-year Research requirements.

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Honours Psychology (Applied Studies Co-op)

Students may combine the Honours Psychology Program with Applied Studies Co-op. Please refer to the Honours Psychology section for application information. Admission will be based on the Psychology and overall averages, with a minimum admission requirement being 75% in Psychology and 70% overall. Admission is limited and will be based on space availability. To remain in good standing students must maintain 60% overall, 75% in Psychology, and 75% in Applied Studies.

Eligibility for graduation in the Honours Psychology and Applied Studies Co-op program includes successful completion of a minimum of 42 term courses including 16 term courses in Psychology, the Faculty of Arts Group Requirements, and the Applied Studies requirements. The Psychology requirements are as given for the Honours Psychology program except that two rather than three PSYCH electives are required. See the Applied Studies Requirements.

Thesis

For students doing an Honours Thesis (see Thesis above), the seminar requirement may be fulfilled by a fourth-year seminar in Psychology or another discipline. In Psychology, an Honours Seminar meets this requirement. In other disciplines, a fourth-year seminar involving active student participation in the seminar will meet this requirement. Thus, if a student chooses to meet the seminar requirement by taking a fourth-year seminar in another discipline, only 16 term courses in Psychology are required. The procedure to follow to ensure that a seminar in another discipline meets this requirement is available from the Psychology Undergraduate Office.

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Honours Psychology Co-operative Program

Students who have been accepted to the Honours Psychology BA or BSc programs may apply for admission to the Co-op program in November of the second year. Admission is limited and is based on academic standing and space availability. For those accepted, the first work term will be at the end of second year. Students then alternate between academic terms and paid work terms to the end of the degree program. Please refer to the Psychology Undergraduate Handbook for further details about the Co-op program.

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Psychology Joint Honours Programs

Joint Honours programs exist with the following departments:

Anthropology		Kinesiology
Classical Studies	Mathematics
Dance			Music
Drama			Philosophy
Economics		Political Science
English			Recreation
Environment and		Religious Studies
  Resource Studies	Russian
Fine Arts		Social Development
French			  Studies
Geography		Sociology
German			Spanish
History

Please refer to the Honours Psychology section for application information.

Eligibility for graduation in the Joint Honours Psychology program requires successful completion of a minimum of 44 term courses including 16 term courses in Psychology, the Faculty of Arts Group requirements, and the requirements of the second discipline. The Psychology requirements are as given for the Honours Psychology Program, except that two rather than three PSYCH electives are required. In addition to the normal minimum averages required to remain in good standing in Honours Psychology, if both majors are in the Faculty of Arts, a joint major average of 75% is required. Please consult the department of your second major for their minimum major average requirement.

If both majors require research methods and/or statistics courses, consult the list of overlapping courses and the Psychology Undergraduate Office.

No double counting of Psychology courses across the two majors is allowed, e.g., where PSYCH 101 is required for both majors,Jone additional term course will be required in the second major (at the discretion of the department concerned).

Thesis

For students doing an Honours Thesis (see Thesis under Honours Psychology above), one PSYCH requirement may be waived at the discretion of the Psychology Department. For example, the seminar requirement may be fulfilled by a fourth-year seminar in Psychology or another discipline. In Psychology, an Honours Seminar meets this requirement. In other disciplines, a fourth-year seminar involving active student participation in the seminar will meet this requirement. Thus, if a student chooses to meet the seminar requirement by taking a fourth-year seminar in another discipline, only 16 term courses in Psychology are required. The procedure to follow to ensure that a seminar in another discipline meets this requirement is available from the Psychology Undergraduate Office.

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Honours Psychology with a BSc Degree

An Honours Psychology degree program is also available in the Faculty of Science on both a Regular and Co-operative basis. The Psychology requirements are the same as for the Honours Psychology BA students. See the Faculty of Science for further details.

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Minor Program in Psychology

Students enrolled in Honours Arts programs, Four-Year General Arts programs, or Honours programs in other faculties, may choose to minor in Psychology. The Minor requirements are the same as the Psychology requirements for the Three-Year General Psychology program.

Where a statistics course is required for the student's major, replace the PSYCH 200 requirement with one term course in Psychology.

No double counting of Psychology courses between the student's honours major and a Psychology minor is allowed, e.g., where PSYCH 101 is required by the student's honours major, PSYCH 101 counts in the minor and an additional term course will be required in the major (at the discretion of the department concerned).

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