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Psychology

Honours Bachelor of Applied Science in Psychology
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Diploma in General Arts and Science


Why study Psychology at UofGH?

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Degree + Diploma

Transfer Credit for Previous Postsecondary Education

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Focused Program

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Located in Toronto


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. Examine theories and research exploring human thought, feeling and behaviour.

A minimum of 70 percent of your core courses will be psychology courses. 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. Your final year opens up options such as completing an honours seminar or thesis.

In addition to your honours degree and diploma, you have the option to pursue one of three certificates in years three and four:

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.

First-year Courses

  • Critical Thinking
  • Developmental Psychology I
  • General Elective
  • Indigenous Mental Health: A Global Perspective
  • Introductory Psychology: Dynamics
  • Introductory Psychology: Principles
  • Modern & Contemporary Philosophy
  • Principles of Anthropology
  • Principles of Sociology
  • Writing for Psychology

Note: First-year courses and the Psychology program overview 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 have postsecondary education and 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

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In the third-year course Applied Study in Psychology, you gain valuable real-world experience as you complete at least 100 hours in a workplace that reflects your goals.

Placements have included:

  • Alzheimer Society of Toronto
  • Baycrest Health Sciences (Hospital)
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel
  • Canadian Psychological Association
  • Centre for Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH)
  • Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Kids Help Phone
  • Ontario Correctional Institute
  • Sinai Health System

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


Program Overview

Take a look at the courses you will take as part of the Psychology program. Course scheduling is subject to change.

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
  • Research Analyst
  • 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.

Rachel

Rachel H.
Graduated 2017
Registered Psychotherapist (qualifying) and Associate,
BR Cook Professional Psychology Corporation

"I loved how practical the classes were. I remember taking two counselling classes and that solidified what I wanted to do." 

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Mia

Mia M.
Graduated 2020
Planning to pursue a master's degree and PhD

"Being a VP in Psych Society gave me an opportunity to network with professors and other students in Psychology. I improved my interpersonal skills! We ran different activities for students to explore psychology outside of class in an informal setting." 

More about Mia
 
 

Opportunities

Learn outside the classroom

Experience learning in Mushkegowuk Territory as part of an optional field course addressing Indigenous knowledge and mental health in northern Ontario. Enrich your understanding of allyship, culture and tradition in contributing to well-being within Indigenous communities.

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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.

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A future in law

After graduation, take advantage of our partnerships to study law in England. Earn a senior status law degree (LLB) with The City Law School, City, University of London in just two years, or a Master of Law (LLM) through distance learning with the University of London in one to five years (full- or part-time). 

  • No LSAT
  • Reduced tuition

Study in London, England, where the largest law firms in the world are located. The Graduate Entry LLB (Hons) program attracts students from all over the world—many from Canada. Follow in the footsteps of renowned alumni such as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair.

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Research as an undergraduate

If research interests you, get to know the many research opportunities inside and outside of class. Get paid and conduct 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
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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 nature and farm schools in Odense where children learn through nature: an example of Denmark’s unique contribution to child development
  • Learning about Soka education—a philosophy of well-being and global citizenship in Japan
  • Exploring the interplay between sport, health and culture in New Zealand’s Australasian society
  • Immersing in the Italian food experience from production to consumption in Italy, including a visit to the world's first food theme park
  • Heading to the Galápagos Islands and inland Ecuador to learn about human responses to the climate crisis—exploring environmental solutions led by scientists and local communities
  • 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. They can help you develop leadership skills and gain professional experience.

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. Learn about more societies by visiting our Clubs and Societies page.

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 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 Centre on Global Citizenship

Join the Soka Education Research Centre on Global Citizenship: a global undergraduate research project—the first of its kind in the world—led by 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 Assistant to present study results at professional symposiums.

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