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Program Requirements

Note: University regulations apply to all students at Laurier. If there is any discrepancy between the program or progression requirements outlined on this page and those in the university's academic calendars, the academic calendars are the official sources of information. The information below is from the latest calendar, and you may be following progression requirements from an earlier calendar. Students are responsible for checking the appropriate calendar. Contact your program coordinator should you notice any discrepancies.

Comprehensive Honours vs. Research Specialist Honours

The Psychology program on the Brantford campus offers a Comprehensive Honours BA, a Comprehensive Honours BA in combination with another BA program, and a Psychology minor.

The Comprehensive program is designed to expose you to a breadth of topics in psychology. It does not offer the opportunity to do a fourth-year thesis, although you can do a fourth-year research project that is similar to a thesis. See the program coordinator for details.

The Comprehensive BA program is what you would take if you were interested in either:

  • Getting a job right after you graduate; or
  • Going on to do graduate work in programs that do not require a thesis, such as social work, teacher's college, law school, speech pathology, etc. (See the Career Centre for more information on other possible graduate programs.)

The Department of Psychology on Laurier's Waterloo campus has a Research Specialist honours program. This program (BA or BSc) is a program that does offer the opportunity to do a fourth-year thesis. It also offers more in-depth training in a wide variety of skills: statistics, research skills, presentation skills, writing skills and training in the logic and critical thinking that these skills require. Therefore, it is the program for you if you want to do graduate work (MA, PhD) in psychology. The Research Specialist program is available only at Laurier's Waterloo campus.

To get into this program after your second year, you need a C- in PS295 AND PS296, a GPA of 7.0 in your Psychology courses and a GPA of 6.0 overall. If space permits, students with lower grades may be allowed. Laurier Brantford students can transfer to the Waterloo campus if they wish to switch into this program. The decision regarding which degree to pursue (Comprehensive or Research Specialist) is usually made in March of second year – consult with your academic advisor for more details.

Psychology Brantford Program Requirements

Psychology Community Service-Learning Courses

There are a number of Psychology courses that include a Community Service-Learning component. All PS students must complete the online course UU150 before taking a course with a CSL component.

  • PS275 BR: Introduction to Developmental Psychology I: Infancy and Childhood
  • PS276 BR: Introduction to Developmental Psychology II: Youth and Adolescence
  • PS282 BR: Community Psychology
  • PS283 BR: Educational Psychology
  • PS379 BR: Psychology of Exceptional Children, Youth and Adults


If you are a Psychology major at Laurier Brantford, Foundations courses are part of your program requirements. You cannot graduate without finishing the four Foundations courses.