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Psychology (BA)

Psychology (BA)

brantford  brantford | Also available in waterloo

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Develop a solid understanding of why people think, feel and behave in the ways that they do.

In our Psychology program, you will learn the principles of human behaviour and the roles that genetics, personality, social factors, external environments and cultural differences have in influencing these behaviours.

Forensic Psychology Specialization

A direct-entry Forensic Psychology Specialization is available to add another dimension to your credentials. You'll take additional specialized courses in forensic psychology and criminology, exploring how psychology can help us better understand crime, criminals, victims and the law. If you're interested in learning more about the biological science of DNA analysis, trace evidence, and toxicology, consider adding a minor in Physical Forensics to your Forensic Psychology Specialization.

Program Highlights

  • Psychology students participate in Community Service-Learning (CSL) placements, where you volunteer at a service organizations within the Brantford community, such as a soup kitchen or a children's treatment centre -- an excellent way for you to get real-world experience.
  • Our professors are accomplished researchers and teachers who are excited to give you the education you need to pursue your goals.
  • You can take a direct-entry Forensic Psychology Specialization to enhance your degree.

First-Year Courses

  • Introduction to Psychology I
  • Introduction to Psychology II
  • Foundations for Community Engagement and Service
  • Academic Literacy: Social Sciences
  • Modernity and the Contemporary World
  • Introduction to Criminology (for Forensic Psychology Specialization students only) 
  • Introduction to the Criminal Justice System (for Forensic Psychology Specialization students only) 
  • Psychology students complete 2.5 elective credits
  • Forensic Psychology Specialization students complete 1.5 elective credits

Admission Requirements

We encourage applicants of all academic backgrounds to apply.

Ontario High School Curriculum

  • Minimum admission range: mid 70s.
  • Competitive admission range, based on last year’s admitted students: mid 80s.
  • English at 60%.
  • One of the following: 3M Functions, 3U Functions & Relations or any 4U Mathematics at 60%.
  • English calculated in admission average.

Other Curriculums

Visit our admission requirements section to find specific requirements for international curriculums, other Canadian curriculums, transfer students and more.


Design Your Degree

These are a few popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:

  • Physical Forensics
  • Criminology
  • Youth and Children's Studies
  • Policing
  • Human Rights and Human Diversity
  • Indigenous Studies

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

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