Bachelor of Arts – Psychology

3 and 4 Year Degrees

For you, nothing is more fascinating than what makes people tick.

Wouldn’t it be great to learn about human behaviour on your way to a career in mental health, research, politics or social work? You might just learn something about yourself in the process.

Is it your dream to work as a psychologist, therapist or mediator?

Do you seek a career in mental health, research, politics, education or social work? St. Mary’s four-year Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Psychology, will ground you in psychological research methods and expose you to the variety of ways in which human behaviour can be understood. On this journey, you will learn to read, interpret and synthesize a broad range of ideas and research. In your final year, you will write a research proposal, conduct the research and present your findings to your peers. The program ensures that those who wish to pursue further education will be well-prepared for graduate school. In this four-year program, you may choose to earn a degree with a major in psychology and a minor in biology, Canadian studies, Catholic studies, drama, family studies, history, management, philosophy, political science, science or sociology.

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St. Mary’s University is a dynamic, welcoming teaching and research institution. We offer fully accredited, affordable and rigorous degrees that are recognized the world over. We hope that your adventure will be an amazing one, and that you will remain connected to St. Mary’s for a lifetime.

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Admission Requirements

As a high school graduate, you will need to present an average of 65% in five 30-level courses. More information can be found here.
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Further Education Avenues

  • Psychologist
  • Educational or Addictions Counsellor
  • Social Worker
  • Career Development Professional
  • Corrections/Probation Officer
  • Arbitrator/Mediator
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Recreational Therapist
  • Gerontological Specialist
  • Teacher (elementary or ESL)
  • Life Skills Coach
  • Program Facilitator
  • Lawyer
  • Police Officer
  • Insurance Agent
  • Speech Language Pathologist
  • Child/Youth Care Worker

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Meet two of our Psychology Professors!

A personal interest in athletics prompted Dr. Alisa McArthur to explore the impact of exercise on the aging process. The psychology professor and former varsity athlete is currently researching the role of exercise in maintaining mental abilities as we grow older.

How well do students bounce back from misfortune? And what can be done to foster resilience when times are good? Those are some of the questions Dr. Peter Doherty will be exploring as he researches resilience in students and chaplains over the next several years.