The Psychology program at St. Stephen’s University integrates contemporary social science with a humanities-based approach to understanding people and their behaviour. Through foundational, theoretical and applied courses in psychology, our students develop a holistic understanding of how and why people think, feel and behave as they do, both individually, and as communities. All students complete two travel study terms abroad exposing them first-hand to diverse people groups.
Ordinary, everyday human behaviour involves making judgments about the source of our actions and the actions of others - why do we do what we do? When we study psychology formally we have the opportunity to examine the interpretive frameworks we automatically employ as active agents in the world. We have the opportunity to learn how to distinguish between interpretations of behaviour that are convenient and those that are consistent. Studying psychology is a benefit to every other academic discipline, the holistic development of active and engaged community members, and healthy individuals.Matt Balcarras, B.A., M.Sc., Ph.D. (YORK)Associate Dean of Arts
Major in Psychology
A Major in Psychology requires that a student completes the three core courses in psychology (1000/2000/3000), as well as a course in statistics (2750). A grade of C or better in each course of this discipline is required for the major. If the mark is lower the course can still count toward the total credit hours, but not the major. In addition, the student is required to take seven upper-level psychology electives (21 credit hours), which must include a minimum of three credit hours in other social sciences. These credit hours must also include at least one seminar course (usually Research Methods 4750) and may include a thesis. However, only three credit hours from a thesis may be included toward the total of 21 credit hours of required upper-level electives.Throughout their degree program, psychology students are required to take at least two of the three core courses for three of the four core Humanities subjects as well.
Minor in Psychology
A minor is available for all students who complete the core courses plus 18 credit hours in upper- level Psychology and Social Science courses. Statistics is not required. A grade of C or better in each course of this discipline is required for the minor. If the mark is lower the course can still count toward the total credit hours, but not the minor. Throughout their degree program, psychology students are required to take at least two of the three core courses for three of the four core Humanities subjects as well.