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Psychology (Arts) at Waterloo

Get inside other people’s heads.

Explore the frontiers of the mind in. Examine human behaviour from a variety of perspectives, including neuroscience, cognition, clinical, developmental, industrial/organizational, and social psychology.

Then deepen your understanding with complementary courses in other subject areas, such as physiology, anatomy, and sociology.

Want to customize your program even further? Work with one of our award-winning professors to design a directed studies course around your specific interest.

Graduate ready to make an impact. Waterloo Psychology alumni are treating mental illnesses, improving approaches to education, and creating more satisfying workplaces.

Learn from top researchers

Waterloo’s internationally renowned Psychology program consistently rates among the very best in Canada, ranking fourth in 2017 according to Maclean’s.

Serious research experience

At Waterloo, you’ll get to conduct hands-on research in our state-of-the-art labs. Take advantage of MRI machines, eye-tracking equipment, virtual reality rigs, and more.


Skye - Psychology

Skye, an Honours Arts and Business student majoring in Psychology, explains that while many students look at co-op as a way to finance their education or add to their resume, it is also an amazing opportunity to find what you love. “It’s a great way to dip your feet into the job market.”

About Psychology at Waterloo

briefcase Available as a co-op and regular program

Graduation cap Earn a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

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First-year courses

September to December

PSYCH 101 - Introductory Psychology
Arts First requirement 1*
3 additional courses

January to April

Choose 1 from:
 • PSYCH 207 - Cognitive Processes
 • PSYCH 211 - Developmental Psychology
 • PSYCH 238 - Organizational Psychology
 • PSYCH 253 - Social Psychology
 • PSYCH 257 - Psychopathology
 • PSYCH 261 - Physiological Psychology
Arts First requirement 2*
3 additional courses

*The Arts First requirement consists of 2 first-year courses that are capped at 25 students: ARTS 130 - Inquiry and Communication and ARTS 140 - Information and Analysis. Instead of listening to a lecture and trying to capture notes, Arts First courses will have you and your classmates working together to respond to a challenge posed by the instructor.

After first year

40% of the classes you’ll take will be Psychology courses. With your remaining classes, you can choose electives from many of the 100 subject areas at Waterloo.

Customize your degree

You can also add additional areas of interest and expertise by including a minor (or minors) as part of your degree.



By alternating school terms and paid co-op work terms throughout your degree, you can explore new career areas and types of employers as your career interests evolve.

Sample co-op positions

  • Project Coordinator, Investments Division, Manulife Financial
  • UTSP Research Assistant, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Instructional Technology Support Assistant, Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
  • e-Marketing Coordinator, Soer Software Development Inc
  • Marketing Coordinator, The Regional Municipality of York
  • Online Communities Coordinator, Open Text Corporation

Recent graduates

  • Director of Education, Sylvan Learning Centre
  • Psychologist, Credit Valley Hospital
  • Child and Youth Worker, KidsLINK Respite Centre
  • Project Coordinator, Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care
  • Teacher, Simcoe County District School Board

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