Bachelor of Arts Psychology

Discover people. Learn about childhood development. Find out how your brain works. Learn about the diagnosis and treatment of mental problems. Think about what it means to be human. Learn about relationships. Discover new ways of seeing the world and your place in it.

Psychology is the study of thought, feeling, and behaviour. The BA Psychology is for those who are interested in understanding why people do the things that they do, and who want to gain insight into their own personalities and emotions. It is designed to introduce students to the major concepts and discoveries of psychology, and to equip them with basic skills in research design and interpretation, and in the application of psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.

Specific skills you will acquire as a psychology major at Briercrest  include critical and creative thinking, the ability to collect, organize, analyze, and interpret social science data, the ability to communicate well, and an increased level of interpersonal awareness. These skills are highly sought after by employers in a wide range of fields.

The BA Psychology offers a solid foundation for graduate study, as well as providing entry into a wide variety of social and human service occupations.

Credit Hours: 120
Coordinator: Charles Hackney

Tzu-ching Chiang,
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Charles Hackney, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology
Ellery Pullman, PhD
Professor of Psychology and Educational Leadership
    Learning Outcomes  Requirements  Program Sheet

Program Overview

The BA Psychology at BCS requires 42 credit hours of major requirements including 27 credit hours at the 300-400 levels and 6 credit hours at the 400 level. In addition, three credit hours of cognate study are required. The BA Psychology requires a minimum of 39 credit hours of 300+ course work within the context of a 120 credit hour degree.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the BA Psychology will be able to:

  • Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
  • Understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
  • Understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.


I. Required Psychology Courses (24 credit hours)
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology I
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology II
PSY 280 Human Development: A Lifespan Perspective
PSY 301 Research Methods in the Social Sciences
PSY 302 Statistics for the Social Sciences
PSY 320 Social Psychology or PSY 330 Theories of Personality
PSY 350 Cognitive Psychology
PSY 401 History of Psychology

II. Psychology Electives (18 credit hours)
Students must take 18 credit hours of Psychology electives, including at least 12 credit hours at the 300-400 levels and 3 credit hours at the 400 level).

III. Cognate Requirements (3 credit hours)
BIOL 115 Human Structure and Function

IV. Free Electives (to bring credit hour total to 120 credit hours)

PRT 400 Senior Portfolio (non-credit)
SL 1-6 Service and Experiential Learning (non-credit)

In addition, all Bachelor of Arts degrees require the completion of Briercrest's core curriculum.

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