Psychology BA

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Psychology BA

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Bachelor

    • Duration:

      4 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

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    Course Summary

    A BA with a major in Psychology from Kwantlen Polytechnic University can be taken in either an Honours or standard format, each lending itself to a particular post-university career.

    • A standard Major in Psychology will prepare students for a wide range of different career types where working with and understanding people is key to their success. It can often be combined with a Minor or a second Major in order to give you more specific training and experience.
    • Those who intend to take graduate programs in Psychology should complete the Psychology BA as an Honours program. Note that the Honours BA degree does not convey professional qualification, nor does it qualify graduates to work as psychologists on their own.

    The degree program includes opportunities to extend your studies abroad, as well as several different co-operative and experiential learning opportunities. Many of the courses include a service-learning component, where you will apply what you have learned in the local community.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    Course Outline

    This degree program is typically delivered over 4 years.

    Core BA Requirements

    A minimum of 120 credits worth of modules, including:

    • At least 65 credits in modules taken for the Arts list
    • At least 35 credits of modules taken at the 3000 level or higher
    • At least 6 credits of English Writing modules
    • At least 9 credits from 3 approve quantitative courses
    • At least 24 credits in the ‘Arts breadth’ requirement
    • At least 6 credits in a new language

    Psychology Modules Include:

    • Advanced Personality Theory
    • Advanced Topics in Psychopathology
    • Aging
    • Applied Statistics
    • Attitudes and Persuasion
    • Brain and Behaviour
    • Clinical Psychology: Intervention
    • Cognition
    • Critical Thinking in Psychology
    • Culture and Psychology
    • Developmental Psychopathology
    • Drugs and Behaviour
    • Evolutionary Psychology
    • Experimental Psychology: Research Methodology
    • Group Dynamics
    • Health Psychology
    • Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Psychology
    • Honours Thesis I & II
    • Infancy
    • Introduction to Psychology: Areas and Applications
    • Introduction to Psychology: Basic Processes
    • Learning: Theory and Practice
    • Neuropsychology
    • Neuroscience
    • Psychology and Law
    • Psychology of Consciousness
    • Psychology of Memory
    • Social Psychology

    Learning And Teaching

    KPU’s Psychology program is delivered primarily through lectures, skills workshops and seminar sessions. Some modules may be available as distance learning or blended learning programs. In addition to learning in the classroom, though, you’ll have access to experiential learning (field schools, practicums, and co-operative courses), extra-curricular learning where you can meet new people and gain experience both on campus and off, and co-curricular experiences which can dramatically improve your employability. 

    Career Possibilities

    An understanding of Psychology is vital to many different career pathways, and should improve your job prospects for years to come. Note, however, that practicing professionally will require a master’s level degree in addition to your Honours BA.

    Recent graduates of KPU’s Psychology BA program have gone on to graduate degree programs or professional qualifications, or have taken roles in social services, research, management, marketing, labour relations and human resources, among others.

    Entry & Credit

    Successful completion will result in either a BA or Honours BA degree.

     Applicants to the psychology program must first be admitted to the Faculty of Arts. This will require a secondary education, or the international or Aboriginal equivalent.

    All classes are taught in English unless otherwise noted, and international students will be required to show proficiency in English by scoring well on an approved test.

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