Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Interested in social sciences? Want to study the social and cultural bases of behaviour?

Put your education to work

Study how people think, feel, and behave. Use your knowledge to solve real-world problems.

A psychology degree prepares you with the skills and training to pursue a wide range of fields. You might enter the civil service, the non-profit sector, or the business world. Use your degree as a stepping-stone to graduate studies or another professional degree. Or prepare for an advanced graduate degree leading to a career in clinical psychology, academia, research or organizational consulting.

Degrees offered

  • BA / BA Honours in Psychology
  • Minor in Psychology
  • Minor in Speech-Language Sciences for Psychology Majors

Degree requirements

BA in Psychology
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BA Honours in Psychology
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Minor in Psychology
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Minor in Speech-Language Sciences for Psychology Majors
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Skills to set you on the path to success

Where will you go with your training? A psychology degree will ground you in skills and knowledge that will open up your world. Find out what you'll learn.

Explore the comprehensive Program Learning Outcomes.

Understand the science of psychology

  • Key concepts and approaches

  • Biological, psychological, and social bases of behaviour and thought processes

  • Historical trends and recent advances

  • Cultural origins and boundaries of psychological science

Learn problem solving

  • Think critically
  • Use relevant sources of scientific knowledge
  • Contribute to knowledge and problem solving

Work with data

  • Understand research methods
  • Create and carry out your own research questions
  • Analyze and communicate

Develop communication skills

  • Write for scientific and non-scientific audiences

  • Explain concepts and ideas

  • Contribute to groups

Work with information and research

  • Find and interpret sources

  • Assess relevance and validity

  • Read, analyze and communicate

Understand and apply ethics in a diverse world

  • Identify action and policy issues

  • Apply principles

  • Social justice and social change
  • Recognize different perspectives that apply to ethical dilemmas

Apply knowledge and skills

  • Generate solutions using principles

  • Understand the practical uses of psychological concepts and methods

  • Transfer learning to new situations

Understand and support diversity

  • Recognize one’s biases
  • Describe cultural differences

  • Seek out diverse voices and ways of knowing
Melanie Noel, as assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and a member of the Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute, studies pediatric pain.

Melanie Noel, as assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and a member of the Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute, studies pediatric pain.

Riley Brandt, UCalgary


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