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Joint Honours Psych prior to Fall 2016

The requirements listed below are effective prior to Fall 2016. For requirements effective Fall 2016 and later, please see the Double or Joint Honours Psychology page.

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.

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The average requirements for graduation include:

  • cumulative psychology average of at least 75%,
  • cumulative overall average of at least 60%,
  • average requirements for the second Major.

The Psychology courses (PSYCH) required for Joint Honours Psychology are the same as for Honours BA Psychology (single Major) with the following exception. Those in the single Major take 9.0 units in psychology whereas those in Joint Honours Psychology take 8.0 units in psychology. The 2 psychology course waivers (1.0 units) for Joint Honours Psychology are determined in consultation with the Psychology Undergraduate Advisor (Emily Mininger) and should be done prior to third year. Examples of PSYCH course waivers are provided on this website.

Psychology course waivers do not reduce the overall number of academic units required for the degree.

Refer questions regarding the requirements for the other Major to the appropriate academic advisor.

Examples of Psychology course waivers for Joint Honours Psychology programs

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  • Example 1: Not planning to do an honours thesis in psychology and pairing Joint Honours Psychology with one of the following Joint Honours Majors: Anthropology, Classical Studies, Drama, English, Fine Arts, French, German, Legal Studies, Music, Peace and Conflict Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Russian, Spanish, Speech Communication
  • Example 2:  Planning to do an honours thesis in psychology (PSYCH 499A/B/C) and pairing Joint Honours Psychology with one of the following Joint Honours Majors:  Anthropology, Classical Studies, Drama, English, Fine Arts, French, German, Legal Studies, Music, Peace and Conflict Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Russian, Spanish, Speech Communication
  • Example 3: Joint Honours Biomedical Science and Psychology, or Joint Honours Science and Psychology (Home Faculty Science)
  • Example 4: Joint Honours Computer Science and Psychology, or Joint Honours Mathematical Sciences and Psychology (Home Faculty Mathematics)
  • Example 5: Joint Honours Environmental Resource Studies and Psychology (Home Faculty Environment)
  • Example 6: Joint Honours Health and Psychology (Home Faculty Applied Health Science)
  • Example 7: Joint Honours Kinesiology and Psychology (Home Faculty Applied Health Science)
  • Example 8: Joint Honours Psychology and Economics
  • Example 9: Joint Honours Psychology and Legal Studies
  • Example 10: Joint Honours Psychology and Mathematics (Home Faculty Arts)
  • Example 11: Joint Honours Psychology and Science
  • Example 12: Joint Honours Psychology and SMF (Sexuality, Marriage, and the Family)
  • Example 13: Joint Honours Psychology and Social Development Studies
  • Example 14: Joint Honours Psychology and Sociology
  • Example 15: Joint Honours Psychology and Political Science
  • Example 16: Joint Honours Recreation and Leisure Studies and Psychology (Home Faculty Applied Health Science)
  • Example 17: Joint Honours Statistics and Psychology (Home Faculty Mathematics)
  • Example 18: Joint Honours Therapeutic Recreation and Psychology (Home Faculty Applied Health Science)

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Example 1: Not planning to do an honours thesis in psychology and pairing Joint Honours Psychology with one of the following Honours Majors: Anthropology, Classical Studies, Drama, English, Fine Arts, French, German, Legal Studies, Music, Peace and Conflict Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Russian, Spanish, Speech Communication

Your 2 psychology course waivers are 2 of the '4 PSYCH electives at the 300 and/or 400 level excluding PSYCH 323R' (PSYCH 323R no longer offered).

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Example 2:  Planning to do an honours thesis in psychology (PSYCH 499A/B/C) and pairing Joint Honours Psychology with one of the following Joint Honours Majors: Anthropology, Classical Studies, Drama, English, Fine Arts, French, German, Legal Studies, Music, Peace and Conflict Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Russian, Spanish, Speech Communication

Waiver option 1

If doing an honours thesis in psychology, PSYCH 499A/B/C (1.5 units) counts as 3 of the  '4 PSYCH electives at the 300 and/or 400 level excluding PSYCH 323R'. In that case, the first psychology course waiver will be 1 of the '4 PSYCH electives at the 300 and/or 400 level excluding PSYCH 323R' (PSYCH 323R no longer offered).

The second psychology course waiver will be 1 of the following 3 choices (list 1):

  1. one of the two advanced psychology course requirements. Those are PSYCH 304 through 380 (excluding PSYCH 323R) 439, 481, 482.
  2. one of the five discipline core content requirements. Those are PSYCH 207, 211, 253, 257, 261.
  3. the honours seminar in psychology (PSYCH 420, 451-463, 485). NOTE: Approval to waive the honours seminar in psychology will only be considered if you successfully complete a 400 level course in the other Major that meets all of the following criteria:
    1. enrolment limit of 25 or less,
    2. a seminar presentation required by the student,
    3. exposure to primary journal article material,
    4. opportunities for writing as well as group discussion,
    5. the course is worth at least .5 academic units.

Submit requests to waive the psychology honours seminar (choice 3) to the Psychology Undergraduate Advisor (Emily Mininger). Please include a detailed course outline with the request that includes readings, course work required, etc.

Waiver option 2

For those doing both PSYCH 499A/B/C (1.5 units) and PSYCH 492 (both are optional courses), those courses cover all of the '4 PSYCH electives at the 300 and/or 400 level excluding PSYCH 323R' (PSYCH 323R no longer offered). In that case, you can waive 2 of the 3 choices from list 1 in waiver option 1.

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Example 3: Joint Honours Biomedical Science and Psychology, or Joint Honours Science and Psychology (Home Faculty Science)

Waiver option 1

If no honours thesis in Psychology and not taking STAT 202, your 2 psychology course waivers waivers will be 2 of the '4 PSYCH electives at the 300 and/or 400 level excluding PSYCH 323R' (PSYCH 323R no longer offered).

Waiver option 2

If taking STAT 202 instead of PSYCH 292, your two psychology course waivers are:

  • PSYCH 292 plus
  • 1 of the '4 PSYCH electives at the 300 or 400 level excluding PSYCH 323R' (PSYCH 323R no longer offered).

Take PSYCH 291 and STAT 202 PSYCH 291 before PSYCH 391. PSYCH 291 is offered Fall only. PSYCH 391 is offered Fall and Winter.

For requests to take PSYCH 291 and PSYCH 391 concurrently, see the supplementary course sequence information for details.

Note: We expect students to take at least 3 (preferably 4) of PSYCH 207, 211, 253, 257, 261 before any of PSYCH 391, 392-399, 420, 451-463, 483-485.

Waiver option 3

If doing an honours thesis (PSYCH 499A/B/C) but not not taking STAT 202, your 2 psychology course waivers will be the same as those for example 2.

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Example 4: Joint Honours Computer Science and Psychology, or Joint Honours Mathematical Sciences and Psychology (Home Faculty Mathematics)

Take PSYCH 291 plus STAT 230 and STAT 231 before PSYCH 391. PSYCH 291 is offered Fall only. PSYCH 391 is offered Fall and Winter.

The 2 psychology course waivers are:

  • PSYCH 292
  • 1 of '4 PSYCH electives at the 300 and/or 400 level excluding PSYCH 323R' (PSYCH 323R no longer offered).

For requests to take PSYCH 291 and PSYCH 391 concurrently, see the supplementary course sequence information for details.

Note: We expect students to take at least 3 (preferably 4) of PSYCH 207, 211, 253, 257, 261 before any of PSYCH 391, 392-399, 420, 451-463, 483-485.

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Example 5: Joint Honours Environmental Resource Studies and Psychology (Home Faculty Environment)

Take PSYCH 291 plus ENVS 178 and ENVS 278 before PSYCH 391. PSYCH 291 is offered Fall only. PSYCH 391 is offered Fall and Winter.

The 2 psychology course waivers are:

  • PSYCH 292
  • 1 of the '4 PSYCH electives at the 300 and/or 400 level excluding PSYCH 323R' (PSYCH 323R no longer offered).

For requests to take PSYCH 291 and PSYCH 391 concurrently, see the supplementary course sequence information for details.

Note: We expect students to take at least 3 (preferably 4) of PSYCH 207, 211, 253, 257, 261 before any of PSYCH 391, 392-399, 420, 451-463, 483-485.

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Example 6: Joint Honours Health and Psychology (Home Faculty Applied Health Science)

The two psychology course waivers are PSYCH 291 and PSYCH 292 in lieu of taking one of the following sets:

  • KIN 330 and KIN 222
  • (effective Fall 2009) HLTH 333 and KIN 222

Take one of those 2 sets before PSYCH 391. PSYCH 391 is offered Fall and Winter.

Permission will be granted to take HLTH 333 and PSYCH 391 concurrently if KIN 222 is successfully completed beforehand. Consult the Psychology Undergraduate Advisor (Emily Mininger).

Note: We expect students to take at least 3 (preferably 4) of PSYCH 207, 211, 253, 257, 261 before any of PSYCH 391, 392-399, 420, 451-463, 483-485.

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Example 7: Joint Honours Kinesiology and Psychology (Home Faculty Applied Health Science)

Your two psychology course waivers are PSYCH 291 and PSYCH 292 in lieu of taking KIN 330 and KIN 222.

Take KIN 330/222 before PSYCH 391. PSYCH 391 is offered Fall and Winter.

Note: We expect students to take at least 3 (preferably 4) of PSYCH 207, 211, 253, 257, 261 before any of PSYCH 391, 392-399, 420, 451-463, 483-485.

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Example 8: Joint Honours Psychology and Economics

Waiver option 1 (first Major is psychology)

Take PSYCH 292 instead of ECON 221. Confirm the ECON 221 waiver with the Economics Advisor. 

If no honours thesis in psychology (PSYCH 499A/B/C), your 2 psychology course waivers are 2 of the '4 PSYCH Electives at the 300 and/or 400 level excluding PSYCH 323R' (PSYCH 323R no longer offered).

If doing an honours thesis (PSYCH 499A/B/C), your 2 psychology course waivers will be the same as those for example 2.

Waiver option 2 (second Major is psychology)

Take PSYCH 291 and ECON 221 prior to PSYCH 391. PSYCH 391 is offered Fall only.

Your 2 psychology course waivers are:

  • PSYCH 292 in lieu of taking ECON 221.
  • 1 of the '4 PSYCH electives at the 300 and/or 400 level excluding PSYCH 323R' (PSYCH 323R no longer offered).

For requests to take PSYCH 291 and PSYCH 391 concurrently, see the supplementary course sequence information for details.

Note: We expect students to take at least 3 (preferably 4) of PSYCH 207, 211, 253, 257, 261 before any of PSYCH 391, 392-399, 420, 451-463, 483-485.

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Example 9: Joint Honours Psychology and Legal Studies

Waiver option 1 (first Major is psychology)

PSYCH 291 is required. Consult with the Legal Studies Advisor regarding whether or not you should be taking LS 321 (renumbered to LS 221 effective Fall 2015) because PSYCH 291 is listed as an antirequisite for LS 221/321.

Take PSYCH 292 instead of LS 280. Confirm the LS 280 waiver with the Legal Studies Advisor.

If no honours thesis in psychology (PSYCH 499A/B/C), your 2 psychology course waivers will be 2 of the '4 PSYCH Electives at the 300 and/or 400 level excluding PSYCH 323R' (PSYCH 323R no longer offered).

If doing an honours thesis in psychology (PSYCH 499A/B/C), your 2 psychology course waivers will be the same as those for example 2.

Waiver option 2 (second Major is psychology)

PSYCH 291 is required. Consult with the Legal Studies Advisor regarding whether or not you should be taking LS 321 (renumbered to LS 221 effective Fall 2015) because PSYCH 291 is listed as an antirequisite for LS 221/321.

Your 2 psychology course waivers are:

  • PSYCH 292 in lieu of taking LS 280.
  • 1 of the '4 PSYCH electives at the 300 and/or 400 level excluding PSYCH 323R' (PSYCH 323R no longer offered).

Take PSYCH 291 and LS 280 prior to PSYCH 391. PSYCH 291 is offered Fall only. PSYCH 391 is offered Fall and Winter.

For requests to take PSYCH 291 and PSYCH 391 concurrently, see the supplementary course sequence information for details.

Note: We expect students to take at least 3 (preferably 4) of PSYCH 207, 211, 253, 257, 261 before any of PSYCH 391, 392-399, 420, 451-463, 483-485.

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Example 10: Joint Honours Psychology and Mathematics (Home Faculty Arts)

Joint Honours academic plans with Mathematics (plans for students outside the Mathematics Faculty) - see the undergraduate calendar

Our understanding is that the Mathematics Faculty will not accept PSYCH 292 as a substitute for the 2 second year statistics courses (STAT) required for Joint Honours Mathematics. You can substitute one of the following pairs of courses for the PSYCH 292 requirement:

  • STAT 220 plus STAT 221
  • STAT 230 plus STAT 231
  • STAT 240 plus STAT 241.

Take the pair of STAT courses required by the Mathematics Faculty plus PSYCH 291 before PSYCH 391. PSYCH 291 is offered Fall only. PSYCH 391 is offered Fall and Winter.

Assuming you are doing the 2 required STAT courses, your 2 psychology course waivers will be:

  • PSYCH 292
  • 1 of the '4 PSYCH electives at the 300 and/or 400 level excluding PSYCH 323R' (PSYCH 323R no longer offered).

For requests to take PSYCH 291 and PSYCH 391 concurrently, see the supplementary course sequence information for details.

Note: We expect students to take at least 3 (preferably 4) of PSYCH 207, 211, 253, 257, 261 before any of PSYCH 391, 392-399, 420, 451-463, 483-485.

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Example 11: Joint Honours Psychology and Science

Home Faculty Arts

If no honours thesis in psychology, your 2 psychology course waivers are the same as those for example 1.

If doing an honours thesis in psychology (PSYCH 499A/B/C), your 2 psychology course waivers will be the same as those for example 2.

Warning: Do not take any statistics courses other than those offered by the Psychology Department (e.g., PSYCH 292, 391, 492) without consulting with the Psychology Undergraduate Advisor (Emily Mininger) beforehand.

See the undergraduate calendar for warnings about .25 credit weight courses.

Home Faculty Science

The details for Joint Honours Science and Psychology are the same as for Joint Honours Biomedical Science and Psychology.  Go to example 3.

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Example 12: Joint Honours Psychology and SMF (Sexuality, Marriage, and Family)

Waiver option 1 (first Major is psychology)

PSYCH 291 is required. Consult with the SMF Advisor regarding whether or not you should be taking SMF 220 because PSYCH 291 is listed as an antirequisite for SMF 220.

Take PSYCH 292 instead of SMF 230. Confirm the SMF 230 waiver with the SMF Advisor.

If no honours thesis in psychology (PSYCH 499A/B/C), your 2 psychology course waivers will be 2 of the '4 PSYCH electives at the 300 and/or 400 level excluding PSYCH 323R' (PSYCH 323R no longer offered).

If doing an honours thesis in psychology (PSYCH 499A/B/C), your 2 psychology course waivers will be the same as for example 2.

Waiver option 2 (second Major is psychology)

PSYCH 291 is required. Consult with the SMF Advisor regarding whether or not you should be taking SMF 220 because PSYCH 291 is listed as an antirequisite for SMF 220.

Your 2 psychology course waivers are:

  • PSYCH 292 in lieu of taking SMF 230.
  • 1 of the '4 PSYCH electives at the 300 and/or 400 level excluding PSYCH 323R' (PSYCH 323R no longer offered).

Take PSYCH 291 and SMF 230 before PSYCH 391. PSYCH 291 is offered Fall only. PSYCH 391 is offered Fall and Winter.

For requests to take PSYCH 291 and PSYCH 391 concurrently, see the supplementary course sequence information for details.

Note: We expect students to take at least 3 (preferably 4) of PSYCH 207, 211, 253, 257, 261 before any of PSYCH 391, 392-399, 420, 451-463, 483-485.

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Example 13: Joint Honours Psychology and Social Development Studies (SDS)

Waiver option 1 (first Major is psychology)

Take PSYCH 291 and PSYCH 292 instead of SDS 251R and SDS 250R
(Note: SDS 251R formerly ISS 251R and SDS 250R formerly ISS 250R.)

If no honours thesis in psychology, your 2 psychology course waivers will be 2 of the '4 PSYCH electives at the 300 and/or 400 level excluding PSYCH 323R' (PSYCH 323R no longer offered).

If doing an honours thesis in psychology (PSYCH 499A/B/C), your 2 psychology course waivers will be the same as those for example 2.

Waiver option 2 (second Major is psychology)

PSYCH 291 and PSYCH 292 will be waived in lieu of taking SDS 251R and SDS 250R. (Note: SDS 251R formerly ISS 251R and SDS 250R formerly ISS 250R.)

Take SDS 251R/250R before PSYCH 391. PSYCH 391 is offered Fall and Winter.

Note: We expect students to take at least 3 (preferably 4) of PSYCH 207, 211, 253, 257, 261 before any of PSYCH 391, 392-399, 420, 451-463, 483-485.

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Example 14: Joint Honours Psychology and Sociology

Waiver option 1 (first Major psychology)

PSYCH 291 is required. Consult with the Sociology Advisor regarding whether or not you should be taking SOC 321 (renumbered to SOC 221 effective Fall 2015) because PSYCH 291 is listed as an antirequisite for SOC 221/321.

Take PSYCH 292 instead of SOC 280. Confirm the SOC 280 waiver with the Sociology Advisor.

If no honours thesis in psychology, your 2 psychology course waivers will be 2 of the '4 PSYCH electives at the 300 and/or 400 level excluding PSYCH 323R' (PSYCH 323R no longer offered).

If doing an honours thesis in psychology, (PSYCH 499A/B/C), your 2 psychology course waivers will be the same as for example 2.

Waiver option 2 (second Major is psychology)

PSYCH 291 is required. Consult with the Sociology Advisor regarding whether or not you should be taking SOC 321 (renumbered to SOC 221 effective Fall 2015) because PSYCH 291 is listed as an antirequisite for SOC 221/321.

Your 2 psychology course waivers are:

  • PSYCH 292 in lieu of taking SOC 280.
  • 1 of the '4 PSYCH electives at the 300 and/or 400 level excluding PSYCH 323R' (PSYCH 323R no longer offered).

Take PSYCH 291 and SOC 280 prior to PSYCH 391. PSYCH 291 is offered Fall only. PSYCH 391 is offered Fall and Winter.

For requests to take PSYCH 291 and PSYCH 391 concurrently, see the supplementary course sequence information for details.

Note: We expect students to take at least 3 (preferably 4) of PSYCH 207, 211, 253, 257, 261 before any of PSYCH 391, 392-399, 420, 451-463, 483-485.

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Example 15: Joint Honours Psychology and Political Science

Waiver option 1 (first Major is Psychology)

Take PSYCH 292. Recommend that you don't take PSCI 314. Consult with the Political Science Advisor.   

If no honours thesis in psychology, your 2 psychology course waivers will be 2 of the '4 PSYCH Electives at the 300 and/or 400 level excluding PSYCH 323R' (PSYCH 323R no longer offered).

If doing an honours thesis in psychology (PSYCH 499A/B/C), your 2 psychology course waivers will be the same as those for example 2.

Waiver option 2 (second Major is psychology)

PSCI 314 (formerly PSCI 214) and PSYCH 292 are antirequisites. To date, no psychology Major has done PSCI 314 (or PSCI 214) instead of PSYCH 292. Therefore, we are unable to estimate how well you would do in PSYCH 391 following PSCI 314 (or PSCI 214). Because PSCI 314 is not a complete match of the PSYCH 292 topics (e.g., t-tests might not be covered) and PSCI 314 is not required for the Political Science Major (confirm with the Political Science Advisor), recommend that you take PSYCH 292 instead of PSCI 314 in preparation for taking PSYCH 391.

If taking PSYCH 292, your 2 psychology course waivers will be 2 of the '4 PSYCH electives at the 300 and/or 400 level excluding PSYCH 323R' (PSYCH 323R no longer offered).

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Example 16: Joint Honours Recreation and Leisure Studies and Psychology (Home Faculty Applied Health Science)

The two psychology course waivers are PSYCH 291 and PSYCH 292 in lieu of taking REC 270 and REC 371.

Take REC 270/371 before PSYCH 391. PSYCH 391 is offered Fall and Winter.

Note: We expect students to take at least 3 (preferably 4) of PSYCH 207, 211, 253, 257, 261 before any of PSYCH 391, 392-399, 420, 451-463, 483-485.

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Example 17: Joint Honours Statistics and Psychology (Home Faculty Mathematics)

Take PSYCH 291 (Research Methods in Psychology) which is offered Fall only.

Your 2 psychology course waivers are:

  • PSYCH 292 in lieu of taking both STAT 230 and STAT 231.
  • PSYCH 391 in lieu of taking STAT 332 (STAT 331 is also recommended).

Must take STAT 332 concurrently with (or before) any of the following choices:

  • advanced research methods courses: PSYCH 392-399, 483, 484
  • honours seminars: PSYCH 420, 451-463, 485

Note: We expect students to take at least 3 (preferably 4) of PSYCH 207, 211, 253, 257, 261 before any of PSYCH 392-399, 420, 451-463, 483-485.


Example 18: Joint Honours Therapeutic Recreation and Psychology (Home Faculty Applied Health Science)

The two psychology course waivers are PSYCH 291 and PSYCH 292 in lieu of taking REC 270 and REC 371.

Take REC 270/371 before PSYCH 391. PSYCH 391 is offered Fall and Winter.

Note: We expect students to take at least 3 (preferably 4) of PSYCH 207, 211, 253, 257, 261 before any of PSYCH 391, 392-399, 420, 451-463, 483-485.


Contacts

Contact a Psychology Advisor

Academic advisors in other programs.

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Last updated: December 28, 2015

The requirements listed below are effective prior to Fall 2016. For requirements effective Fall 2016 and later, please see the Arts Majors Reset page.

There are no course waivers for the 2016/2017 Double Honours Psychology program. Joint Honours has been renamed to Double Honours as of the 2016/2017 calendar.

See Psychology Department policies for access to psychology programs, access to psychology courses, and residency requirements.

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Features of the Joint Honours Psychology program

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

Features of the Psychology curriculum for Joint Honours Psychology are similar to those of Honours Psychology (single Major). Exception: Psychology 'Departmental' Co-op is not an option if the second Major is psychology.

Samples of Joint Honours disciplines paired with Joint Honours Psychology

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

Samples - Joint Honours Psychology paired with disciplines in the Faculty of Arts (Bachelor of Arts degree)

  • Anthropology
  • Classical Studies
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • English
  • Fine Arts
  • French
  • German
  • History
  • Legal Studies
  • Music
  • Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Religious Studies
  • Russian
  • Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies
  • Social Development Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Speech Communication

Samples - Joint Honours Psychology paired with disciplines outside the Faculty of Arts

For these examples, the Bachelor's degree to be awarded is determined by the first Major as well as the students' home Faculty of registration.

Joint Honours Psychology and:

Home faculty

Acturial Science Mathematics
Biology Science
Biomedical Science Science
Combinatorics and Optimization Mathematics
Environment and Resources Studies Environment
Computer Science Mathematics
Health Studies Applied Health Science
Kinesiology Applied Health Science
Mathematics Arts
Mathematical Physics Science
Mathematical Science Mathematics
Mechanical Engineering Engineering
Physics Science
Pure Mathematics Mathematics
Recreation and Leisure Studies either Arts or Applied Health Science
Science (Non-Major) either Arts or Science
Statistics Mathematics
Therapeutic Recreation either Arts or Applied Health Science

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 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 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.

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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 75%,
  • cumulative overall average of at least 60%,
  • average requirements for the second Major.

The Psychology courses (PSYCH) required for Joint Honours Psychology are the same as for Honours BA Psychology (single Major) with the following exception. Those in the single Major take 9.0 units in psychology whereas those in Joint Honours Psychology take 8.0 units in psychology. The 2 psychology course waivers (1.0 units) for Joint Honours Psychology are determined in consultation with the Psychology Undergraduate Advisor (Emily Mininger) and should be done prior to third year. Examples of PSYCH course waivers are provided on this website.

Psychology course waivers do not reduce the overall number of academic units required for the degree.

Refer questions regarding the requirements for the other Major to the appropriate academic advisor.

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Examples of Psychology course waivers for Joint Honours Psychology programs

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  • Example 1: Not planning to do an honours thesis in psychology and pairing Joint Honours Psychology with one of the following Joint Honours Majors: Anthropology, Classical Studies, Drama, English, Fine Arts, French, German, Legal Studies, Music, Peace and Conflict Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Russian, Spanish, Speech Communication
  • Example 2:  Planning to do an honours thesis in psychology (PSYCH 499A/B/C) and pairing Joint Honours Psychology with one of the following Joint Honours Majors:  Anthropology, Classical Studies, Drama, English, Fine Arts, French, German, Legal Studies, Music, Peace and Conflict Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Russian, Spanish, Speech Communication
  • Example 3: Joint Honours Biomedical Science and Psychology, or Joint Honours Science and Psychology (Home Faculty Science)
  • Example 4: Joint Honours Computer Science and Psychology, or Joint Honours Mathematical Sciences and Psychology (Home Faculty Mathematics)
  • Example 5: Joint Honours Environmental Resource Studies and Psychology (Home Faculty Environment)
  • Example 6: Joint Honours Health and Psychology (Home Faculty Applied Health Science)
  • Example 7: Joint Honours Kinesiology and Psychology (Home Faculty Applied Health Science)
  • Example 8: Joint Honours Psychology and Economics
  • Example 9: Joint Honours Psychology and Legal Studies
  • Example 10: Joint Honours Psychology and Mathematics (Home Faculty Arts)
  • Example 11: Joint Honours Psychology and Science
  • Example 12: Joint Honours Psychology and SMF (Sexuality, Marriage, and the Family)
  • Example 13: Joint Honours Psychology and Social Development Studies
  • Example 14: Joint Honours Psychology and Sociology
  • Example 15: Joint Honours Psychology and Political Science
  • Example 16: Joint Honours Recreation and Leisure Studies and Psychology (Home Faculty Applied Health Science)
  • Example 17: Joint Honours Statistics and Psychology (Home Faculty Mathematics)
  • Example 18: Joint Honours Therapeutic Recreation and Psychology (Home Faculty Applied Health Science)

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Example 1: Not planning to do an honours thesis in psychology and pairing Joint Honours Psychology with one of the following Honours Majors: Anthropology, Classical Studies, Drama, English, Fine Arts, French, German, Legal Studies, Music, Peace and Conflict Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Russian, Spanish, Speech Communication

Your 2 psychology course waivers are 2 of the '4 PSYCH electives at the 300 and/or 400 level excluding PSYCH 323R' (PSYCH 323R no longer offered).

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Example 2:  Planning to do an honours thesis in psychology (PSYCH 499A/B/C) and pairing Joint Honours Psychology with one of the following Joint Honours Majors: Anthropology, Classical Studies, Drama, English, Fine Arts, French, German, Legal Studies, Music, Peace and Conflict Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Russian, Spanish, Speech Communication

Waiver option 1

If doing an honours thesis in psychology, PSYCH 499A/B/C (1.5 units) counts as 3 of the  '4 PSYCH electives at the 300 and/or 400 level excluding PSYCH 323R'. In that case, the first psychology course waiver will be 1 of the '4 PSYCH electives at the 300 and/or 400 level excluding PSYCH 323R' (PSYCH 323R no longer offered).

The second psychology course waiver will be 1 of the following 3 choices (list 1):

  1. one of the two advanced psychology course requirements. Those are PSYCH 304 through 380 (excluding PSYCH 323R) 439, 481, 482.
  2. one of the five discipline core content requirements. Those are PSYCH 207, 211, 253, 257, 261.
  3. the honours seminar in psychology (PSYCH 420, 451-463, 485). NOTE: Approval to waive the honours seminar in psychology will only be considered if you successfully complete a 400 level course in the other Major that meets all of the following criteria:
    1. enrolment limit of 25 or less,
    2. a seminar presentation required by the student,
    3. exposure to primary journal article material,
    4. opportunities for writing as well as group discussion,
    5. the course is worth at least .5 academic units.

Submit requests to waive the psychology honours seminar (choice 3) to the Psychology Undergraduate Advisor (Emily Mininger). Please include a detailed course outline with the request that includes readings, course work required, etc.

Waiver option 2

For those doing both PSYCH 499A/B/C (1.5 units) and PSYCH 492 (both are optional courses), those courses cover all of the '4 PSYCH electives at the 300 and/or 400 level excluding PSYCH 323R' (PSYCH 323R no longer offered). In that case, you can waive 2 of the 3 choices from list 1 in waiver option 1.

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Example 3: Joint Honours Biomedical Science and Psychology, or Joint Honours Science and Psychology (Home Faculty Science)

Waiver option 1

If no honours thesis in Psychology and not taking STAT 202, your 2 psychology course waivers waivers will be 2 of the '4 PSYCH electives at the 300 and/or 400 level excluding PSYCH 323R' (PSYCH 323R no longer offered).

Waiver option 2

If taking STAT 202 instead of PSYCH 292, your two psychology course waivers are:

  • PSYCH 292 plus
  • 1 of the '4 PSYCH electives at the 300 or 400 level excluding PSYCH 323R' (PSYCH 323R no longer offered).

Take PSYCH 291 and STAT 202 PSYCH 291 before PSYCH 391. PSYCH 291 is offered Fall only. PSYCH 391 is offered Fall and Winter.

For requests to take PSYCH 291 and PSYCH 391 concurrently, see the supplementary course sequence information for details.

Note: We expect students to take at least 3 (preferably 4) of PSYCH 207, 211, 253, 257, 261 before any of PSYCH 391, 392-399, 420, 451-463, 483-485.

Waiver option 3

If doing an honours thesis (PSYCH 499A/B/C) but not not taking STAT 202, your 2 psychology course waivers will be the same as those for example 2.

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Example 4: Joint Honours Computer Science and Psychology, or Joint Honours Mathematical Sciences and Psychology (Home Faculty Mathematics)

Take PSYCH 291 plus STAT 230 and STAT 231 before PSYCH 391. PSYCH 291 is offered Fall only. PSYCH 391 is offered Fall and Winter.

The 2 psychology course waivers are:

  • PSYCH 292
  • 1 of '4 PSYCH electives at the 300 and/or 400 level excluding PSYCH 323R' (PSYCH 323R no longer offered).

For requests to take PSYCH 291 and PSYCH 391 concurrently, see the supplementary course sequence information for details.

Note: We expect students to take at least 3 (preferably 4) of PSYCH 207, 211, 253, 257, 261 before any of PSYCH 391, 392-399, 420, 451-463, 483-485.

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Example 5: Joint Honours Environmental Resource Studies and Psychology (Home Faculty Environment)

Take PSYCH 291 plus ENVS 178 and ENVS 278 before PSYCH 391. PSYCH 291 is offered Fall only. PSYCH 391 is offered Fall and Winter.

The 2 psychology course waivers are:

  • PSYCH 292
  • 1 of the '4 PSYCH electives at the 300 and/or 400 level excluding PSYCH 323R' (PSYCH 323R no longer offered).

For requests to take PSYCH 291 and PSYCH 391 concurrently, see the supplementary course sequence information for details.

Note: We expect students to take at least 3 (preferably 4) of PSYCH 207, 211, 253, 257, 261 before any of PSYCH 391, 392-399, 420, 451-463, 483-485.

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Example 6: Joint Honours Health and Psychology (Home Faculty Applied Health Science)

The two psychology course waivers are PSYCH 291 and PSYCH 292 in lieu of taking one of the following sets:

  • KIN 330 and KIN 222
  • (effective Fall 2009) HLTH 333 and KIN 222

Take one of those 2 sets before PSYCH 391. PSYCH 391 is offered Fall and Winter.

Permission will be granted to take HLTH 333 and PSYCH 391 concurrently if KIN 222 is successfully completed beforehand. Consult the Psychology Undergraduate Advisor (Emily Mininger).

Note: We expect students to take at least 3 (preferably 4) of PSYCH 207, 211, 253, 257, 261 before any of PSYCH 391, 392-399, 420, 451-463, 483-485.

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Example 7: Joint Honours Kinesiology and Psychology (Home Faculty Applied Health Science)

Your two psychology course waivers are PSYCH 291 and PSYCH 292 in lieu of taking KIN 330 and KIN 222.

Take KIN 330/222 before PSYCH 391. PSYCH 391 is offered Fall and Winter.

Note: We expect students to take at least 3 (preferably 4) of PSYCH 207, 211, 253, 257, 261 before any of PSYCH 391, 392-399, 420, 451-463, 483-485.

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Example 8: Joint Honours Psychology and Economics

Waiver option 1 (first Major is psychology)

Take PSYCH 292 instead of ECON 221. Confirm the ECON 221 waiver with the Economics Advisor. 

If no honours thesis in psychology (PSYCH 499A/B/C), your 2 psychology course waivers are 2 of the '4 PSYCH Electives at the 300 and/or 400 level excluding PSYCH 323R' (PSYCH 323R no longer offered).

If doing an honours thesis (PSYCH 499A/B/C), your 2 psychology course waivers will be the same as those for example 2.

Waiver option 2 (second Major is psychology)

Take PSYCH 291 and ECON 221 prior to PSYCH 391. PSYCH 391 is offered Fall only.

Your 2 psychology course waivers are:

  • PSYCH 292 in lieu of taking ECON 221.
  • 1 of the '4 PSYCH electives at the 300 and/or 400 level excluding PSYCH 323R' (PSYCH 323R no longer offered).

For requests to take PSYCH 291 and PSYCH 391 concurrently, see the supplementary course sequence information for details.

Note: We expect students to take at least 3 (preferably 4) of PSYCH 207, 211, 253, 257, 261 before any of PSYCH 391, 392-399, 420, 451-463, 483-485.

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Example 9: Joint Honours Psychology and Legal Studies

Waiver option 1 (first Major is psychology)

PSYCH 291 is required. Consult with the Legal Studies Advisor regarding whether or not you should be taking LS 321 (renumbered to LS 221 effective Fall 2015) because PSYCH 291 is listed as an antirequisite for LS 221/321.

Take PSYCH 292 instead of LS 280. Confirm the LS 280 waiver with the Legal Studies Advisor.

If no honours thesis in psychology (PSYCH 499A/B/C), your 2 psychology course waivers will be 2 of the '4 PSYCH Electives at the 300 and/or 400 level excluding PSYCH 323R' (PSYCH 323R no longer offered).

If doing an honours thesis in psychology (PSYCH 499A/B/C), your 2 psychology course waivers will be the same as those for example 2.

Waiver option 2 (second Major is psychology)

PSYCH 291 is required. Consult with the Legal Studies Advisor regarding whether or not you should be taking LS 321 (renumbered to LS 221 effective Fall 2015) because PSYCH 291 is listed as an antirequisite for LS 221/321.

Your 2 psychology course waivers are:

  • PSYCH 292 in lieu of taking LS 280.
  • 1 of the '4 PSYCH electives at the 300 and/or 400 level excluding PSYCH 323R' (PSYCH 323R no longer offered).

Take PSYCH 291 and LS 280 prior to PSYCH 391. PSYCH 291 is offered Fall only. PSYCH 391 is offered Fall and Winter.

For requests to take PSYCH 291 and PSYCH 391 concurrently, see the supplementary course sequence information for details.

Note: We expect students to take at least 3 (preferably 4) of PSYCH 207, 211, 253, 257, 261 before any of PSYCH 391, 392-399, 420, 451-463, 483-485.

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Example 10: Joint Honours Psychology and Mathematics (Home Faculty Arts)

Joint Honours academic plans with Mathematics (plans for students outside the Mathematics Faculty) - see the undergraduate calendar

Our understanding is that the Mathematics Faculty will not accept PSYCH 292 as a substitute for the 2 second year statistics courses (STAT) required for Joint Honours Mathematics. You can substitute one of the following pairs of courses for the PSYCH 292 requirement:

  • STAT 220 plus STAT 221
  • STAT 230 plus STAT 231
  • STAT 240 plus STAT 241.

Take the pair of STAT courses required by the Mathematics Faculty plus PSYCH 291 before PSYCH 391. PSYCH 291 is offered Fall only. PSYCH 391 is offered Fall and Winter.

Assuming you are doing the 2 required STAT courses, your 2 psychology course waivers will be:

  • PSYCH 292
  • 1 of the '4 PSYCH electives at the 300 and/or 400 level excluding PSYCH 323R' (PSYCH 323R no longer offered).

For requests to take PSYCH 291 and PSYCH 391 concurrently, see the supplementary course sequence information for details.

Note: We expect students to take at least 3 (preferably 4) of PSYCH 207, 211, 253, 257, 261 before any of PSYCH 391, 392-399, 420, 451-463, 483-485.

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Example 11: Joint Honours Psychology and Science

Home Faculty Arts

If no honours thesis in psychology, your 2 psychology course waivers are the same as those for example 1.

If doing an honours thesis in psychology (PSYCH 499A/B/C), your 2 psychology course waivers will be the same as those for example 2.

Warning: Do not take any statistics courses other than those offered by the Psychology Department (e.g., PSYCH 292, 391, 492) without consulting with the Psychology Undergraduate Advisor (Emily Mininger) beforehand.

See the undergraduate calendar for warnings about .25 credit weight courses.

Home Faculty Science

The details for Joint Honours Science and Psychology are the same as for Joint Honours Biomedical Science and Psychology.  Go to example 3.

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Example 12: Joint Honours Psychology and SMF (Sexuality, Marriage, and Family)

Waiver option 1 (first Major is psychology)

PSYCH 291 is required. Consult with the SMF Advisor regarding whether or not you should be taking SMF 220 because PSYCH 291 is listed as an antirequisite for SMF 220.

Take PSYCH 292 instead of SMF 230. Confirm the SMF 230 waiver with the SMF Advisor.

If no honours thesis in psychology (PSYCH 499A/B/C), your 2 psychology course waivers will be 2 of the '4 PSYCH electives at the 300 and/or 400 level excluding PSYCH 323R' (PSYCH 323R no longer offered).

If doing an honours thesis in psychology (PSYCH 499A/B/C), your 2 psychology course waivers will be the same as for example 2.

Waiver option 2 (second Major is psychology)

PSYCH 291 is required. Consult with the SMF Advisor regarding whether or not you should be taking SMF 220 because PSYCH 291 is listed as an antirequisite for SMF 220.

Your 2 psychology course waivers are:

  • PSYCH 292 in lieu of taking SMF 230.
  • 1 of the '4 PSYCH electives at the 300 and/or 400 level excluding PSYCH 323R' (PSYCH 323R no longer offered).

Take PSYCH 291 and SMF 230 before PSYCH 391. PSYCH 291 is offered Fall only. PSYCH 391 is offered Fall and Winter.

For requests to take PSYCH 291 and PSYCH 391 concurrently, see the supplementary course sequence information for details.

Note: We expect students to take at least 3 (preferably 4) of PSYCH 207, 211, 253, 257, 261 before any of PSYCH 391, 392-399, 420, 451-463, 483-485.

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Example 13: Joint Honours Psychology and Social Development Studies (SDS)

Waiver option 1 (first Major is psychology)

Take PSYCH 291 and PSYCH 292 instead of SDS 251R and SDS 250R
(Note: SDS 251R formerly ISS 251R and SDS 250R formerly ISS 250R.)

If no honours thesis in psychology, your 2 psychology course waivers will be 2 of the '4 PSYCH electives at the 300 and/or 400 level excluding PSYCH 323R' (PSYCH 323R no longer offered).

If doing an honours thesis in psychology (PSYCH 499A/B/C), your 2 psychology course waivers will be the same as those for example 2.

Waiver option 2 (second Major is psychology)

PSYCH 291 and PSYCH 292 will be waived in lieu of taking SDS 251R and SDS 250R. (Note: SDS 251R formerly ISS 251R and SDS 250R formerly ISS 250R.)

Take SDS 251R/250R before PSYCH 391. PSYCH 391 is offered Fall and Winter.

Note: We expect students to take at least 3 (preferably 4) of PSYCH 207, 211, 253, 257, 261 before any of PSYCH 391, 392-399, 420, 451-463, 483-485.

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Example 14: Joint Honours Psychology and Sociology

Waiver option 1 (first Major psychology)

PSYCH 291 is required. Consult with the Sociology Advisor regarding whether or not you should be taking SOC 321 (renumbered to SOC 221 effective Fall 2015) because PSYCH 291 is listed as an antirequisite for SOC 221/321.

Take PSYCH 292 instead of SOC 280. Confirm the SOC 280 waiver with the Sociology Advisor.

If no honours thesis in psychology, your 2 psychology course waivers will be 2 of the '4 PSYCH electives at the 300 and/or 400 level excluding PSYCH 323R' (PSYCH 323R no longer offered).

If doing an honours thesis in psychology, (PSYCH 499A/B/C), your 2 psychology course waivers will be the same as for example 2.

Waiver option 2 (second Major is psychology)

PSYCH 291 is required. Consult with the Sociology Advisor regarding whether or not you should be taking SOC 321 (renumbered to SOC 221 effective Fall 2015) because PSYCH 291 is listed as an antirequisite for SOC 221/321.

Your 2 psychology course waivers are:

  • PSYCH 292 in lieu of taking SOC 280.
  • 1 of the '4 PSYCH electives at the 300 and/or 400 level excluding PSYCH 323R' (PSYCH 323R no longer offered).

Take PSYCH 291 and SOC 280 prior to PSYCH 391. PSYCH 291 is offered Fall only. PSYCH 391 is offered Fall and Winter.

For requests to take PSYCH 291 and PSYCH 391 concurrently, see the supplementary course sequence information for details.

Note: We expect students to take at least 3 (preferably 4) of PSYCH 207, 211, 253, 257, 261 before any of PSYCH 391, 392-399, 420, 451-463, 483-485.

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Example 15: Joint Honours Psychology and Political Science

Waiver option 1 (first Major is Psychology)

Take PSYCH 292. Recommend that you don't take PSCI 314. Consult with the Political Science Advisor.   

If no honours thesis in psychology, your 2 psychology course waivers will be 2 of the '4 PSYCH Electives at the 300 and/or 400 level excluding PSYCH 323R' (PSYCH 323R no longer offered).

If doing an honours thesis in psychology (PSYCH 499A/B/C), your 2 psychology course waivers will be the same as those for example 2.

Waiver option 2 (second Major is psychology)

PSCI 314 (formerly PSCI 214) and PSYCH 292 are antirequisites. To date, no psychology Major has done PSCI 314 (or PSCI 214) instead of PSYCH 292. Therefore, we are unable to estimate how well you would do in PSYCH 391 following PSCI 314 (or PSCI 214). Because PSCI 314 is not a complete match of the PSYCH 292 topics (e.g., t-tests might not be covered) and PSCI 314 is not required for the Political Science Major (confirm with the Political Science Advisor), recommend that you take PSYCH 292 instead of PSCI 314 in preparation for taking PSYCH 391.

If taking PSYCH 292, your 2 psychology course waivers will be 2 of the '4 PSYCH electives at the 300 and/or 400 level excluding PSYCH 323R' (PSYCH 323R no longer offered).

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Example 16: Joint Honours Recreation and Leisure Studies and Psychology (Home Faculty Applied Health Science)

The two psychology course waivers are PSYCH 291 and PSYCH 292 in lieu of taking REC 270 and REC 371.

Take REC 270/371 before PSYCH 391. PSYCH 391 is offered Fall and Winter.

Note: We expect students to take at least 3 (preferably 4) of PSYCH 207, 211, 253, 257, 261 before any of PSYCH 391, 392-399, 420, 451-463, 483-485.

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Example 17: Joint Honours Statistics and Psychology (Home Faculty Mathematics)

Take PSYCH 291 (Research Methods in Psychology) which is offered Fall only.

Your 2 psychology course waivers are:

  • PSYCH 292 in lieu of taking both STAT 230 and STAT 231.
  • PSYCH 391 in lieu of taking STAT 332 (STAT 331 is also recommended).

Must take STAT 332 concurrently with (or before) any of the following choices:

  • advanced research methods courses: PSYCH 392-399, 483, 484
  • honours seminars: PSYCH 420, 451-463, 485

Note: We expect students to take at least 3 (preferably 4) of PSYCH 207, 211, 253, 257, 261 before any of PSYCH 392-399, 420, 451-463, 483-485.


Example 18: Joint Honours Therapeutic Recreation and Psychology (Home Faculty Applied Health Science)

The two psychology course waivers are PSYCH 291 and PSYCH 292 in lieu of taking REC 270 and REC 371.

Take REC 270/371 before PSYCH 391. PSYCH 391 is offered Fall and Winter.

Note: We expect students to take at least 3 (preferably 4) of PSYCH 207, 211, 253, 257, 261 before any of PSYCH 391, 392-399, 420, 451-463, 483-485.


Contacts

Contact a Psychology Advisor

Academic advisors in other programs.

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Last updated: November 2, 2016

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