The information below is for students admitted to Honours Psychology and Arts and Business before Fall 2016. If you were admitted after Fall 2016, please see the current Honours Psych and Arts and Business requirements.
Features of Honours Psychology and Arts and Business (BA)
Those in Honours Arts and Business (regular or co-op system of study) must have an honours Major (e.g., Psychology) by the beginning of the 2A school term.
The features of the psychology curriculum are the same for Psychology and Arts and Business (BA) as for Honours Psychology (BA) such as:
- indepth training in the analytic skills of experimental design,
- opportunities for experiential learning such as the co-operative system of study and the capstone Honours Thesis course (Psych 499A/B/C) which is optional.
See Honours Psychology (BA) for further details regarding the features of the psychology curriculum.
Arts and Business curriculum
The University of Waterloo does not have a business school. The Arts and Business curriculum provides all of the benefits of a liberal Arts education e.g.,
- opportunities to develop a wide variety of marketable skills including interpersonal,
- oral and written communication,
- time management,
- critical thinking,
- problem solving,
as well as opportunities to hone your business knowledge by taking an interdisciplinary package of courses that is relevant to various business careers.
Direct inquiries regarding admission to Arts and Business, the Arts and Business curriculum, and related course enrolment to the Arts and Business Advisor.
Co-operative system of study
Direct inquiries about admission to Arts and Business Co-op to the Arts and Business advisor. Admission to co-op must be no later than the 2A (year/level) Fall school term.
See Psychology Co-op for information regarding the:
- advantages and challenges of the co-op system of study,
- academic versus work term sequence,
- Professional Development (PD) course requirements,
- work term and work-term report requirements,
Psychology course sequence tips
This is the recommended course sequence. If you're concerned about deviating from this sequence, please contact the Psychology Academic Advisor.
Year one (1A/1B):
- PSYCH 101 (Fall term)
- 1 of the 5 discipline core content courses (Winter term)
Year two (2A/2B):
- PSYCH 291 (offered Fall only)
- PSYCH 292
- Regular system of study: Take PSYCH 292 in the 2B Winter term.
- Arts and Business Co-op: You are required to take PSYCH 292 in the 3A Winter term because PSYCH 292 will not be offered in the 2B Spring term.
- 3 of the 5 discipline core content courses
- Take MATH 103 concurrently with PSYCH 291 if required for PSYCH 292 enrolment (see student success).
If PSYCH 291 or PSYCH 292 cannot be taken in year 2 (e.g., late admission to the Psychology Major), see the supplementary course planning information.
Year three (3A/3B):
- PSYCH 391:
- Regular system of study: Strongly recommend that you take PSYCH 391 Fall term instead of the Winter term.
- Arts and Business Co-op: You are required to take PSYCH 391 in the Fall 3B (year/level) term.
- 1 social science advanced research methods course.
- 1 natural science advanced research methods course.
- 1 of the 5 discipline core content courses
- 2 advanced psychology courses
PSYCH 392-399, 483, 484 cannot be taken before PSYCH 391. Must have at least 3 (preferably 4) of PSYCH 207, 211, 253, 257, 261 before PSYCH 391.
If PSYCH 391 cannot be taken in year 3 (e.g., because late admission to the Psychology Major), see the supplementary course planning information.
Year four (4A/4B):
- 1 psychology honours seminar:
- Can be taken in third year.
- Cannot be taken before PSYCH 391.
- 4 PSYCH at the 300 or 400 level excluding PSYCH 323R (or take PSYCH 499A/B/C plus 1 PSYCH at the 300 or 400 level excluding PSYCH 323R).
Last updated: Feb 22, 2017