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  • Objectives
    Psychology is the study of mental life, both in terms of its neurological basis and how it is manifested through behaviour patterns. Psychology also examines the factors that promote change in behaviour and mental activity. While an undergraduate degree in Psychology does not admit a graduate directly to the profession (a PhD or Doctorate in Psychology will be required to become a licensed psychologist in Quebec), an education in the field provides students with a comprehensive background in psychology and often serves as a springboard to further study in a wide variety of fields.
  • Academic Title
    Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Course description
    All students majoring in Psychology must complete the 33 credit core curriculum. The number of additional Psychology courses required to complete your degree depends on whether you are in the Major, Specialization or Honours stream.

    Core Program: 33 credits

        * 15 required credits in psychology, including Strategies of Inquiry in Psychology, Statistical Analysis, Modern Psychology in Historical Perspective, Fundamentals of Behavioural Neurobiology.
        * 18 elective credits in psychology: nine credits from Fundamentals of Abnormal, Developmental and Social Psychology and Theories of Personality; nine credits from Motivation, Learning, Sensation and Perception, and Cognition.

    Honours in Psychology: 66 credits

        * 33 Core Program
        * 6 required credits in Research Experience in Psychology, Statistical Analysis
        * 6 elective credits chosen from the areas of Motivation, Learning, Sensation and Perception, Cognition, Neuropsychology, Neurobiology, and Animal Behaviour
        * 6 elective credits chosen from the areas of Psychopathology, Personality, Social Psychology, Developmental Psychology
        * 3 elective credits in Psychology at the intermediate or advanced level
        * 12 required credits in honours seminars and Honours Thesis
        * 24 elective credits in any department other than Psychology which may take the form of a Minor (6 of which must be General Education credits*)

    Specialization in Psychology: 60 credits

    This program is similar to the BA Honours Program, but without research experience in psychology, the honours seminars and the honours thesis. The number of electives at the intermediate or advanced level in psychology is increased to 12, for a total of 60 psychology credits, leaving 30 open elective credits, 24 of which should be in departments other than Psychology (6 of which must be General Education credits*).

    Major in Psychology: 42 credits

        * 33 Core Program
        * 9 elective credits at the intermediate or advanced level in psychology
        * 48 elective credits of which 24 must be taken in departments other than Psychology and may take the form of a Major or a Minor in another discipline (12 of which must be General Education credits, if not adding a second Major or Minor*)

    Minor in Psychology: 24 credits

    Admission to the Minor in Psychology is not available for newly admitted students. For students admitted to an alternate program at Concordia; information regarding entry to the Minor at a later date may be obtained at the following website: http://psychology.concordia.ca/Ugrads/Minor.html

        * 6 required credits in Introductory Psychology
        * 6 required credits in Strategies of Inquiry in Psychology and Statistical Analysis
        * 12 elective credits in Psychology at the 300-level, selected in consultation with a Psychology program advisor

    Note: students who are exempted from Introductory Psychology will replace the 6 credits with a 300-level Psychology course.

    *As part of your elective credits taken from other departments, and depending on your specific program of study, six to twelve general education credits are required in order to satisfy your degree requirements.

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