Get inside other people’s heads
Explore the frontiers of the mind. 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 legal studies, sociology, biology, and health studies.
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. Or get some work experience by enrolling in the co-op stream.
Graduate ready to make an impact. Waterloo Psychology is ranked in the top 100 in the world (Shanghai World University Rankings 2020), and its alumni are treating mental illnesses, improving approaches to education, and creating more satisfying workplaces everyday.
- Learn from the best. Waterloo’s internationally renowned Psychology program consistently rates among the best in Canada, ranking ninth in 2020 Maclean's survey of Canadian universities.
- Serious experience. At Waterloo, you’ll get to conduct hands-on research in our state-of-the-art labs. Take advantage of EEG machines, eye-tracking equipment, virtual reality rigs, and more.
- Available as a regular or co-op program
- Available as a major and minor
- Graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
- Offered by the Faculty of Arts
What will you learn?
During your first year, you'll take two introductory Psychology courses. Plus, you'll have electives to explore an additional major of your choosing. In upper years, 40% of the classes you'll take will be Psychology courses.
Learn about courses you'll take for your Psychology degree.
Customize your degree
The optional Research Intensive specialization provides in-depth training in experimental design. You'll learn to address problems of human motivation, memory, social relations, communication, and many other human capacities by translating them into solvable problems.
You can also include one or more of the minors available to all Waterloo students. Popular choices for Psychology majors include Human Resource Management; Cognitive Science; Legal Studies; Economics; and Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies.
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Co-op = relevant paid work experience
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 job titles
- Research assistant
- Marketing and communications assistant
- Policy and research assistant
- Resource management coordinator
- Human resource assistant
- Junior user experience designer
- Teaching assistant
- Sustainability intern
Sample co-op employers
- Employment and Social Development Canada
- Gambling Research Exchange Ontario
- Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
- Teledyne DALSA
- Nulogy Corporation
- Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation
- Kia Canada
- Department of National Defense
What can you do with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree?
Graduates find a wide variety of career opportunities in areas such as counselling, various branches of therapy, mental health services, human relations, public education, speech pathology, research, education, and more.
- Teacher, Autism Spectrum Disorders Team - Kerry's Place Autism Services
- Protection Support Worker - Children's Aid Society
- Psychologist – Community Health Centre
- Human Performance Manager – Bruce Power
- Customer Implementation Specialist – MappedIn
- Human Resource Generalist – ATS Automation Tooling Systems
- Therapist – Surrey Place Centre
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Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including
- Any Grade 12 U English (minimum final grade of at least 70%)
Mathematics of Data Management is recommended.
Admission average: Low 80s (co-op and regular)
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How to apply
Apply to Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business and choose Psychology as your major at the end of first year.
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Questions about courses, programs, requirements, careers?
Please contact our Faculty of Arts recruitment team who can answer any questions you have.