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Add a Minor to the degree

Add value to your degree by enrolling in a Minor.

Double counting rules

The term 'double counting' refers to the use of an individual course to satisfy course requirements in more than one academic plan e.g., a Major and a Minor. For example, PSYCH 338 could count towards requirements for the Psychology Major as well as the Human Resources Management (HRM) Minor.

See the Faculty of Arts section of the undergraduate calendar for further details about the double counting rules including restrictions and limits for double counting.

The number of overall courses required for the degree is dictated by the Faculty level requirements (e.g., Faculty of Arts) not the requirements at the academic plan level (e.g., Major or Minor).  Nothing, including 'double counting' of courses between academic plans, can reduce the overall number of courses required for the degree.

Minors available in the Faculty of Arts

See the academic plans section of the undergraduate calendar for the numerous Minors that are available and the requirements for each. Direct inquiries to the appropriate academic advisor.

Examples of popular choices of Minors taken by Psychology Majors:

  • Cognitive Science Minor (administered by the Philosophy Department)
  • Human Resources Management (HRM) Minor (administered by the Psychology Department)
  • Legal Studies Minor
  • Management Studies Minor
  • Peace and Conflict Studies Minor
  • Sexuality, Marriage, and the Family (SMF) Minor
  • Social Development Studies (SDS) Minor
  • Speech Communication Minor

Please do not take research methods courses or introductory statistics courses for the Minor (if applicable) that are antirequisites to research methods (PSYCH 291) and statistics courses (PSYCH 292 and PSYCH 391) in the Psychology Major. See the course descriptions in the Undergraduate Calendar for the antirequisites. Please consult with the academic advisor for the Minor regarding the specific requirements for the Minor.

Minors available outside the Faculty of Arts

See the academic plans sections in the undergraduate calendar for each Faculty for the available Minors and the requirements for each. Direct inquiries to the appropriate academic advisor.

Examples of Minors that might be interest to a Psychology Major include:

  • Biology Minor
  • Computer Science Minor
  • Gerontology Minor (note also the Option in Aging Studies)
  • Human Nutrition Minor
  • Mathematics Minor

Please do not take research methods courses or introductory statistics courses for the Minor (if applicable) that are antirequisites to research methods (PSYCH 291) and statistics courses (PSYCH 292 and PSYCH 391) in the Psychology Major. See the course descriptions in the Undergraduate Calendar for the antirequisites. Please consult with the academic advisor for the Minor regarding the specific requirements for the Minor.

Choose elective courses relevant to future goals

Choose courses from various disciplines that will provide helpful insight and knowledge for your future educational and career goals.

If you plan to pursue studies beyond the Bachelor's degree, don't leave it until your final year to check prerequisites (e.g., courses and/or experience) for admission.

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Conferences

If in Honours Psychology and doing an honours thesis (PSYCH 499A/B/C), consider attending the Ontario Psychology Undergraduate Thesis Conference. The conference provides an informal forum for students to present a summary of their honours thesis (either orally or in poster format) to a friendly and enthusiastic audience of peers.

Other conference opportunities

Exchange programs

The educational and cultural benefits, and in some cases linguistic benefits, of participating in an international exchange program are significant.

Exchange programs - studies abroad (information for Psychology Majors)

Incoming exchange students

Experiential learning

Distinctive marketable skills of psychology Majors

See how acquired skills transfer to the workplace by taking courses that have an applied component. Opportunities include:

Develop research skills through course work, volunteering, and paid work.

If you are in the co-operative system of study (Honours students only) you will obtain valuable work experience, practice marketable skills learned in course work, gain insight into your vocational interests and aptitudes, etc.

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Double/Joint Honours

Enrol in a Double or Joint Honours program to add value to the degree.

Networking

Get better known by faculty members:

  • who will be potential supervisors for a directed studies course (PSYCH 480-486) or an honours thesis projects (PSYCH 499A/B/C).
  • for whom a volunteer or part-time research position could lead to a full-time research position for you in the future.
  • who could be potential writers of recommendation letters regarding your potential for graduate studies or future employment, worthiness for scholarships for future study, etc.

Get involved with the Psychology Undergraduate Student Society (PsychSoc) to have fun, discuss issues with your peers that are important to you currently and beyond the Bachelor's degree, develop marketable skills, etc.

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Publishing opportunities

Publishing opportunities for undergraduate research (not restricted to Honours only)

Research opportunities

Develop research skills through course work, volunteering, and paid work.

Volunteering

Gain valuable experience, confidence, and insight into your future goals, as well as the experience profile needed for future employment and/or for admission to studies beyond the Bachelor's degree by volunteering.

Get involved in student organizations, peer mentoring programs, etc. to develop leadership skills.

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Last updated: November 2014