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Psychology

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Honours Bachelor of Applied Science
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Diploma in General Arts and Science

Why study Psychology at UofGH?

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Located in Toronto

Live & Study in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Study In + Explore Toronto

Toronto is a dynamic place to live and learn. The Greater Toronto Area is home to approximately 5.4 million people, one-sixth of Canada’s population; nearly half of that population is made up of residents from around the world.

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3 million people live in the City of Toronto

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Toronto is one of the most multicultural cities in the world

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More than 140 languages & dialects are spoken in Toronto

Attending university in Canada’s cultural, economic and business centre will play an essential role in your program opportunities.

Our campus is serviced by four transit systems that link you to urban and rural destinations.

Explore Toronto and get to know its 140 neighbourhoods! Visit local tourist attractions including the CN Tower, Royal Ontario Museum, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, Kensington Market, Scotiabank Arena, Black Creek Pioneer Village, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto Zoo, St. Lawrence Market, Distillery District and Niagara Falls (two hours away).

Where else can you experience festivals celebrating food, music and people from other countries within a few city blocks? Your choices for recreation off campus are unlimited with large- and small-scale facilities and venues for sports, music, theatre and art.

Focused Academic Program

Discover how psychology plays a role in every area of society, then find your niche. Study the brain. Learn research skills. Explore the processes and factors that shape who we become by studying topics such as development and aging, learning difficulties, ethics, culture, neuroscience, cognition, psychotherapy, abnormal psychology and persuasion.

Your first two years introduce you to key concepts and provide foundational courses. In years three and four, your courses will become more focused and offer more applied study. In addition to your honours degree and diploma, you have the option to pursue one of three certificates in years three and four:

Find your niche. Study the brain. Learn research skills. Explore the processes and factors that shape who we become by studying topics such as development and ageing, learning difficulties, ethics, culture, neuroscience, cognition, psychotherapy, abnormal psychology and persuasion.

You have the option to earn one of three certificates as part of your regular course load:

Certificate options

Intercultural Relations: Increase your cultural literacy and enrich your understanding of diversity in Canada.

Organizational Behaviour: Develop a greater understanding of leadership, groups and behaviour in organizations.

Research Skills and Analysis: Expand your knowledge of research methods in psychology and refine your investigative and analytical abilities.

In your final year, you will choose between an honours seminar and thesis.

First-year Courses

  • Critical Thinking
  • Developmental Psychology
  • English I: Reading & Writing Effectively
  • General Elective
  • Introductory Psychology: Dynamics
  • Introductory Psychology: Principles
  • Modern & Contemporary Philosophy
  • Principles of Anthropology
  • Principles of Sociology
  • The Wonders of Science

Note: First-year courses and the Psychology program plan may be subject to change.

Transfer Pathways

If you have any postsecondary education and you wish to apply to the University of Guelph-Humber, then you are a Transfer Applicant.

College Block Credit Transfer Pathway

Our college block credit transfer pathways allow you to move seamlessly with your college diploma into our honours program.

If you have completed a two-year General Arts and Science Diploma from a recognized Ontario college with a minimum cumulative average of 75%, you are eligible to receive up to 5.0 transfer credits (equivalent to approximately one year of study).

General Transfer Applicants

If you are not eligible as a College Block Credit Transfer applicant, you are considered a General Transfer Applicant.

Coming from a diploma program: If you have completed coursework or a diploma from a college diploma program, you must have a minimum cumulative average of 75% to be considered for admission.

Coming from a degree program: If you have completed a degree or degree-related coursework from a recognized college or university program, you must have a minimum cumulative average of 70% to be considered for admission.

Experiential Learning

0 hours of Workplace Experience

In the third-year course Applied Study in Psychology, you will integrate psychological theory and research with at least 100 hours of workplace experience.

Placements have included:

  • Alzheimer Society of Toronto
  • Baycrest Health Sciences (Hospital)
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel
  • Holland Bloorview Kids
  • The Psychology Foundation of Canada
  • Kids Help Phone
  • March of Dimes Canada
  • Ontario Correctional Institute
  • Sinai Health System

Note: You may be required to complete a Vulnerable Sector Screening prior to placement.

Sample Careers + Further Education

  • Addiction Counsellor
  • Behaviour Therapist
  • Case Manager
  • Group Facilitator
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Mental Health Worker
  • Neuroscientist
  • Psychologist
  • Psychometrist
  • Psychotherapist
  • Rehabilitation Counsellor
  • Researcher
  • Masters/PhD in Psychology
  • Medical School
  • Master of Social Work
  • Master of Education
  • Bachelor of Education
  • Law School
  • Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology
  • Master of Science in Neuroscience

Note: Some careers and entry into further education may require additional study.

Christine

Christine B.
Graduated 2017
Master of Developmental and Educational Psychology, 2019
Currently completing a Ph.D. in Developmental and Educational Psychology 

Guelph-Humber offers great research opportunities. I gave conference presentations in Toronto, London, and Ottawa that were engaging learning experiences. I completed my own undergrad thesis, and I was a Research Assistant for two research projects.

Activities and Accomplishments at UofGH

  • Research Assistant
  • Peer Note-taker
  • Indigenous Field Study
  • Entrance Scholarship
  • Merit scholarships
  • Psych Society Triple Crown Award
  • Vice-Provost Award for Academic Excellence
 

Opportunities

Learn outside the classroom

As part of the optional field course, learn from Elders, community members and local mental health care service providers working among Indigenous communities in northern Ontario. Examine the successes, challenges, treatments and future of mental health in these communities and across Canada.

Networking

Take part in Common Time: weekly workshops, notable guest lecturers and special events that bring together fellow classmates and faculty in an academic and social atmosphere. Many activities are run by our student-led Psych Society.

The City Law School (LLB)

The University of Guelph-Humber and The City Law School, City, University of London have partnered to offer you a prime law school opportunity. Earn a senior status law degree in only two years following completion of your honours degree.

Research as an undergraduate

If research interests you, get to know the many research opportunities inside and outside of class. Get paid and do research as a Research Assistant with instructors funded by the University’s Research Grant Fund.

  • Apply classroom knowledge
  • Develop skills in conducting experiments, research and data collection
  • Contribute to research publications

Study Abroad

Through instructor-guided study tours, you experience concepts discussed in class. Because all study abroad courses are partially subsidized by the University, the opportunities are within reach. You may also be eligible for a study abroad travel grant, ranging from $1,500 to $2,500.

Past highlights include:

  • Going to outdoor classrooms in Odense where children interact with nature: an example of Denmark’s unique contribution to child development
  • Learning about a philosophy of well-being and global citizenship in Japan
  • Exploring the interplay between sport, health and culture in New Zealand’s Australasian society
  • Understanding freedom of speech through the examples set in the Netherlands and Denmark
  • Heading to the Galápagos Islands and inland Ecuador to study “eco-psychology” - the attitudes, perceptions and behaviour of people toward the environment
  • Visiting areas of historical/cultural significance in Ireland to interact with academics, community groups, and agencies involved in governance, democracy and human rights

Get Involved

Societies

Societies are related to our seven academic programs and offer a realm of activities outside of class with a focus on your field of interest. They can help you develop leadership skills, gain professional experience and network.

Expand your professional and academic networks by joining the Psi Chi Honour Society. Discuss news, research, challenges and other current topics in psychology with psychology professionals.

Agora Fellowship

Be a part of the Agora Fellowship: a select group of students who discuss ideas and themes from renowned books in a regular forum led by Assistant Vice-Provost Dr. George Bragues. Build your extracurricular experience. Every year the Fellowship takes a trip related to their current topics; destinations have included Boston, Montreal, New York and Washington.

Soka Education Research Initiative on Global Citizenship

Join the Soka Education Research Initiative on Global Citizenship: a global, undergraduate, research project—the first of its kind in the world—led by Family and Community Social Services Program Head, Dr. Paul Sherman. Explore how to nurture human potential and happiness for the greater benefit of humankind through the study of Soka (value-creating) education and global citizenship. Travel as a Research Associate to present study results at professional symposiums.

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