Information for

Double or Joint Honours Psychology

The information below is for students who are following the Undergraduate Calendar of 2016/2017 or later. If you are following the requirements of a calendar prior to Fall 2016, please see the additional information for Joint Honours Psychology prior to Fall 2016.

If you're unsure which calendar you are following, contact the Psychology Undergraduate Advisor.

Features of the Double/Joint Honours Psychology program

A Double or Joint Honours degree allows students to study an Honours Majors in two different disciplines.

Inside the Faculty of Arts, the term "Double Honours" is used for students pursuing two majors. Outside of the Faculty of Arts, this is referred to as a "Joint major." The requirements for both are the same.

The Psychology course requirements for Double or Joint Honours Psychology are the same to those of Honours Psychology (single Major). Exception: Psychology 'Departmental' Co-op is not an option if the second Major is psychology.

Samples of disciplines paired with Psychology

See below for samples of Joint Honours disciplines paired with Joint Honours Psychology.

Planning ahead required

Some students will find it necessary to delay the normal target for graduation (e.g., beyond 8 full-time school terms) in order to complete the requirements for Double or Joint Honours Psychology. Factors which potentially could affect the target for graduation include:

  • course availability in the two Majors for particular school terms.
    Note that many Psychology courses are offered once per year, and that fewer Psychology courses are offered in the Spring term compared to Fall and Winter.
  • course time conflicts between required courses in the two Majors.
  • choices individuals make for example:
    • system of study (e.g., regular versus co-op).
      Those in co-op typically have greater challenges relating to course availability than those in the regular system of study.
    • delayed admission to Double or Joint Honours Psychology (e.g., can affect timing for taking required courses and corresponding requisites for enrolment),
    • course load in a given term (e.g., full load versus reduced load),
    • whether or not you participate in an exchange program,
    • etc.

Please review psychology course availability (on-campus and online offerings) for the current and future terms, and plan ahead. Don't overlook the opportunities for independent study. See courses that need application forms for further details.

Degree requirements for Joint Honours Psychology

The official statements regarding degree requirements for all academic programs is in the undergraduate calendar. The information on this website is supplementary.

The average requirements for graduation include:

  • cumulative psychology average of at least 70%,
  • cumulative overall average of at least 60%,
  • average requirements for the second Major.

The Psychology courses (PSYCH) required for Double or Joint Honours Psychology are the same as for Honours BA Psychology (single Major).

Course exemptions

Double or Joint Honours students whose first major also has required research methods and statistics courses may be exempt from the Psychology research methods and statistics courses (PSYCH 291 and 292). However, students still need to take a minimum of 16 PSYCH courses to complete the Double/Joint Honours Psych requirements. This means that if you are exempt from PSYCH 291 or 292, you must replace that requirement with another PSYCH course at any level.

Students whose first major is Psychology are NOT permitted to take these courses in place of PSYCH 291/292. 

PSYCH 291 equivalents:

  • HLTH 333
  • KIN 330
  • ​REC 270
  • SDS 251R
  • KIN 232/332

PSYCH 292 equivalents:

  • ECON 221
  • KIN 222
  • KIN 232/332
  • HLTH 204
  • LS 280
  • PSCI 314
  • SDS 250R
  • ​SOC/LS 280
  • SMF 230
  • SOC 280
  • REC 371
  • STAT 202
  • STAT 204
  • STAT 206
  • STAT 211
  • Both STAT 230 and 231
  • Both STAT 220 and 221
  • Both STAT 240 and 241
  • Both ENVS 178 and 278

PSYCH 391 equivalents:

  • STAT 332


Contact the Psychology Advisor

Academic advisors in other programs.

Last updated: Feb 22, 2017