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Psychology Bachelor Degree (BA)

The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Booth University College provides the skills needed for a wide range of human service positions. It is unlike any other psychology degree program offered in Canada because it addresses practical social, cultural and diversity issues that prepare students for today’s increasingly multicultural workplaces. An added emphasis on ethics makes students valuable contributors to diverse environments.

Program Overview

Psychology is the study of the mind and behaviour. It is the study of people: how they think, react and interact. Studying psychology will help you understand yourself and others. You’ll develop critical thinking and sound analytical skills; effective communication, interpersonal active-listening and intercultural communication skills; and self-understanding. If you are naturally curious and constantly in search of knowledge, a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology would be a natural fit.

One of the most popular undergraduate options, psychology is an exciting and interesting major, and one that is also challenging and useful. Psychology has a broad range of applications and offers a number of career prospects, as the skills you will learn can easily transfer into a variety of roles.

Studying at Booth

Our program meets North American standards for undergraduate education according to the American Psychological Association and Canadian Psychological Association. Our program also offers students the opportunity to specialize in applied psychology, which involves a series of courses focussing on applying theory through community-based service and experience. The program is distinctive in its mandate to serve the community by pursuing community-based partnerships, providing students with experiences that equally prepare them for human service work or graduate school. Your Booth University College experience can also include the opportunity to add in an educational travel experience to enhance your studies.

Learning Objectives:

In addition to the Institutional Learning Outcomes, the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program seeks to develop the following intellectual abilities and skills in its students:

1. Develop an appropriate knowledge base in the discipline of psychology that covers the following areas: (1) sociocultural & diversity issues, (2) human development, (3) learning & information processing, and (4) biological contributions to behavior. Students will be able to do the following:

  • Describe key concepts, principles, and overarching themes in psychology.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of psychology’s content domains.
  • Describe applications of psychology (e.g. describe examples of practical application of psychological principles).

2. Develop skills in the application of scientific inquiry and critical thinking. Students will be able to do the following:

  • Use scientific reasoning to interpret psychological phenomena.
  • Demonstrate psychological information literacy.
  • Demonstrate innovative and integrative thinking and problem solving.
  • Demonstrate interpretation, design, and conduct of basic psychological research.
  • Demonstrate incorporation of sociocultural factors in scientific inquiry.

3. Develop ethical and social responsibility in a diverse world. Students will be able to do the following:

  • Demonstrate the ability to apply ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice.
  • Demonstrate the ability to build and enhance interpersonal relationships.
  • Describe key value that build community at a local, national, and global levels.

4. Develop effective communication skills. Students will be able to do the following:

  • Demonstrate effective writing for different purposes.
  • Exhibit effective presentation skills.
  • Exhibit the ability to interact effectively with others.

5. Develop professionally. Students will be able to do the following:

  • Describe how to apply psychological content and skills to career goals.
  • Demonstrate self-efficacy and self-regulation.
  • Demonstrate project-management skills.
  • Exhibit the ability to enhance teamwork capacity
  • Describe a meaningful professional direction for life after graduation.

Additionally, the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program at Booth University College seeks to realize the following distinctive learning outcomes:

1. As appropriate to a Christian University College, develop sensitivity to sociocultural, international, and diversity issues. Students will be able to do the following:

  • Describe how psychology can be used to understand different perspectives and worldviews, including those of Christianity and other faiths.
  • Demonstrate knowledge about how psychology can differ across cultures.
  • Exhibit tolerance to different worldviews while also being able to engage in critical dialogue in relation to both a Christian faith and the discipline of psychology.

2. As appropriate to a Christian University College, develop an ability to apply psychological theory in the community. Students will be able to do the following:

  • Describe how psychology can be used to enhance social justice and aid marginalized populations in order to further social justice.
  • Exhibit the ability to conduct basic research for the betterment of the community.
  • Describe how psychological theory can be applied to rectify social problems and inequities.
  • Describe the strengths and limitation involved in community-based research.

“The class sizes are great. They help fight my anxiety and timidness. The professors have been so helpful in gearing me toward class structure—assignments, due dates and understanding the work. They’ve been phenomenal.”

– Valentina McKay, Student, BA Psychology

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Specialize in Applied Psychology

Want an edge in your career search after graduation? Our Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program offers students the opportunity to specialize in applied psychology, which will open doors to unique research opportunities, hands-on experience in the field and preparation for employment upon graduation.

High-Quality Training

Booth University College’s Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program provides high-quality training that is recognized across North America. It meets or exceeds best practice guidelines outlined by the Canadian Psychological Association and American Psychological Association.

“Booth UC’s Psychology program provides students with many unique opportunities. Our classes are small starting in introductory courses, so students are given the opportunity for personal engagement with professors much earlier than in programs at other institutions. We also provide opportunities for internships working with experts in the field as well as early involvement in professors’ current research. Both of these opportunities are typically offered much later in other programs. Our classrooms are collaborations that allow students to develop a sophisticated understanding of the inner workings of the human mind.”

– Dr. Evan Curtis, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Course Requirements

Core Psychology Program Requirements:

  • Minimum of 120 credit hours
  • 42 credit hours of core curriculum requirements: includes Introduction to Christianity, World Religions, Urban Service Learning, University Writing, Representative Literary Works, plus: 6 credit hours in Math and Sciences, 6 credit hours in Social Sciences, 3 credit hours in Religion 200 level or higher, 3 credit hours in Philosophy, and 3 credit hours in Fine Arts.
  • 60 credit units in psychology or approved courses.
  • Required courses for all psychology students (36 credits):
    • PSY 120 Introduction to Psychology I (3)
    • PSY 121 Introduction to Psychology II (3)
    • SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology (6)
    • BHS 200 Research Methods (3)
    • PSY 221 Development Across the lifespan (3)
    • PSY 256 Introduction to Human Cognition (3)
    • PSY 258 Social Psychology (3)
    • BHS 300 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (3)
    • BHS 301 Application of Statistics and Quantitative Research (3)
    • PSY 370 Brain & Behavior (3)
    • PSY 499 History & Theory of Psychology (3)
  • Psychology Elective Courses (24 credits):
    • BHS 350 Behavioral Sciences Internship (3)
    • PSY 210 Counseling Theory & Applications (3)
    • PSY 260 Abnormal Psychology (3)
    • PSY 310 Psychology of Religion (3)
    • PSY 315 Sociocultural Psychology & Educational Travel (3)
    • PSY 320 Personality (3)
    • PSY 321 Culture & Human Development (3)
    • PSY 352 Forensic & Legal Psychology (3)
    • PSY 354 Community Psychology (3)
    • PSY 380 Psychology & the Workplace (3)
    • PSY 390 Independent Studies & Research in Psychology (3)
    • PSY 395 Select Themes in Psychology (3)
    • PSY 421 Psychology of Immigration and Adjustment (3)
    • PSY 450 Psychology Internship (3)
    • PSY 490 Research in Psychology (3)
    • SOC 210 Social Problems (3)
    • SOC 370 Social change (3)

Detailed information on course options is available in the Academic Calendar.

Applied Psychology Program Requirements:

  • Minimum of 120 credit hours
  • 42 credit hours of core curriculum requirements: includes Introduction to Christianity, World Religions, Urban Service Learning, University Writing, Representative Literary Works, plus: 6 credit hours in Math and Sciences, 6 credit hours in Social Sciences, 3 credit hours in Religion 200 level or higher, 3 credit hours in Philosophy, and 3 credit hours in Fine Arts.
  • 60 credit units in psychology or approved courses.
  • Required courses for all psychology students (34credit hours):
    • PSY 120 Introduction to Psychology I (3)
    • PSY 121 Introduction to Psychology II (3)
    • SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology (6)
    • BHS 200 Research Methods (3)
    • PSY 221 Development Across the lifespan (3)
    • PSY 256 Introduction to Human Cognition (3)
    • PSY 258 Social Psychology (3)
    • BHS 300 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (3)
    • BHS 301 Statistics Lab (1)
    • PSY 370 Brain & Behavior (3)
    • PSY 499 History & Theory of Psychology (3)
  • Required Courses for Applied Psychology Emphasis (15 credits):
    • BHS 350 Behavioral Sciences Internship (3)
    • PSY 210 Counseling Theory & Applications (3)
    • PSY 354 Community Psychology (3)
    • PSY 380 Psychology & the Workplace (3)
    • PSY 450 Psychology Internship (3)
  • Psychology Elective Courses (9 credits):
    • PSY 260 Abnormal Psychology (3)
    • PSY 310 Psychology of Religion (3)
    • PSY 315 Sociocultural Psychology & Educational Travel (3)
    • PSY 320 Personality (3)
    • PSY 321 Culture & Human Development (3)
    • PSY 352 Forensic & Legal Psychology (3)
    • PSY 390 Independent Studies & Research in Psychology (3)
    • PSY 395 Select Themes in Psychology (3)
    • PSY 421 Psychology of Immigration and Adjustment (3)
    • PSY 490 Research in Psychology (3)
    • SOC 210 Social Problems (3)
    • SOC 370 Social change (3)

Career Possibilities

Students of psychology acquire an incredible array of skills and abilities, so their Bachelor of Arts in Psychology opens the doors to a wide variety of career opportunities, including positions in personnel, labour relations, social services, health services, mental health, corrections and so much more. For those interested in psychology as a career (including research careers, such as a university professor, or as a practising psychologist), this undergraduate degree is a required stepping stone to a graduate-level training. A degree in psychology also provides excellent preparation for those interested in professional programs such as social work, education and law.

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