*NOTE: Students taking the Psychology major may be required to take two or three online courses available through SSU, UNB or UM (Maine) over the course of their program and/or courses made available through hybrid courses scheduled in May or August.


PSY 1000 Introduction to Psychology

This is the foundational introduction to the study of behaviour and mental processes. The first term includes topics such as learning, memory, cognition and research design. the optional second term includes psychopathology, assessment, therapy and other practical applications of psychology.

Psy 2000 Psychology of Human Development

This course provides an overview of human development theories covering the whole life span, though focusing primarily on child and adolescent development. Topics studied include attachment, cognitive, moral and faith development.

Psy 3000 Biological Psychology

This hybrid course introduces students to major concepts and methods in understanding the biological basis of behaviour. With an emphasis on learning how science probes the relationship between behaviour, body and mind, we will explore a broad range of issues including: perception and cognition, autonomy and control, consciousness and the self.


Psy 2750 Introduction to Statistics

This course introduces students to the basics of statistics for quantitative analysis in the social sciences. Topics include: central tendency, organizing/visualizing data, population/sample distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance and linear regression analysis.

Psy 4750 Research Methods and Testing

Lays a foundation of basic research methods to prepare a student to propose and engage in a psychological research project. Also introduces the basics of testing in psychology.


Psy 2520 Interpersonal Communication

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Introduces theories of interpersonal communication and their practical application. Difficulties and potentials of communication are explored with a view to improving dialogical and group communication.

Psy 3021 Readings in Contemporary European Psychology

This course is sometimes offered as an option for psychology majors as part of the
Europe term. It introduces the student to the contrasts between North American and European contexts and worldviews, as well as focusing on five examples of European psychologists who are not well known in North America.

Psy 3210 Cognitive Psychology

This course focuses on how people perceive, learn, remember, and process information. Topics of study include, for example, cognitive neuroscience, perceptions, memory, language, and human and artificial intelligence.

PSY 3420 Social Psychology

This course will introduce the branch of psychology that deals with social interactions, including their origins and their effects on the individual.

Psy 3510 Counselling Psychology I

Introduces the basics of effective counselling or helping practice and aims to help students grow in their ability to encounter others in this way. A variety of intervention strategies or therapeutic orientations are surveyed.

Psy 3512 Counselling Psychology II

Building on Psy 3510, this provides a deeper examination of various therapeutic orientations with a particular emphasis facilitation of experiential change.

Psy 3520 Abnormal Psychology

Introduces the study of psychopathology. It will familiarize students with the diagnostic criteria and classification system of mental disorders found in the Diagnostics and Statistics Manual, 5th Edition (DSM-5).

Psy 3530 Death, Grief and Accompaniment

Our awareness of death and the diversity of the ways in which we approach death personally and culturally are fundamental aspects of being human. Death can be understood through the lens of many disciplines, but this course will largely look at a psychological approach to facing death and what enables us to accompany those who grieve.

Psy 3810 History of Psychology (formerly Psych & 20th Century culture)

After briefing exploring its precursors, this course traces the development of the relatively young science of psychology from the late 19th to the present. Relationships to other social sciences are explored as well as the impact of psychology on the culture of the 20th century and beyond.

Psy 3820 Community and Individual Transformation

Explores the role of the community as the context for individual transformation (healing and growth). The course will introduce the field of community psychology but will have a particular focus on the rich history of intentional communities as experiments from which much can be learned about the psychology of individual growth.

Psy 3830 Perspectives on Human Sexuality

Presents a variety of perspectives on the complexities of human sexuality. The foundation is psychological, but biological, sociological, literary, and theological perspectives will be explored as well.

Psy 4080 Thesis Reading and Research

First term exploring the possibility of a psychology thesis. Requires an approved thesis proposal, completed chapter, detailed outline and annotated bibliography. The research portion of the baccalaureate thesis project in Psychology. By the end of the term, each student will submit to the instructor: (1) an annotated bibliography of the secondary material relevant to the thesis, (2) an 8- to 10-page paper related to some aspect of the material examined during the bibliographical search, and (3) a detailed outline of the thesis.

Psy 4082 Baccalaureate Thesis

The second term of a psychology thesis project involving the remaining chapters, overall completion and presentation.Following successful completion of Psy 4080, a student may use the research to write a thesis of at least 15,000 words (exclusive of footnotes and bibliography). The thesis should demonstrate thoughtful appraisal and the ability to present a scholarly argument, and should reflect the ethos of SSU in a substantial way. At the conclusion of the term, students will be required to make oral presentations based on their theses.

Psy 4084 Senior Research Project

A single term, guided research project in psychology involving the completion of an essay of 5-7000 words or equivalent. Students may enroll in Psy 4084, undertaking a directed study in a selected topic with one professor, producing a major research essay at the end of the course. Permission to undertake such a plan of study must be granted by the Psy 4084 professor, the Dean of Arts and the Associate Registrar. Total Degree Requirements: 120 Credit Hours St. Stephen’s University reserves the right to cancel or revise any of the courses listed or to withdraw for the term any course for which there is insufficient demand. All courses are not offered every year.

Psy 4880 Narrative Psychology

Examines the emerging significance granted to the narrative form in the disciplines of psychology and related disciplines in recent decades. The course will help students to understand narrative theories of identity formation and reality construction. The theory and practice of narrative therapy is also studied.