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Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Program overview
4 years
Bachelor's degree
Start dates
21,808.45 CAD
May 2021

21,808.45 CAD
May 2021

Surrey (British Columbia)
21,808.45 CAD
May 2021

21,808.45 CAD
September 2021

Program description

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

The Bachelor of Arts Major in Psychology is a traditional degree focusing on core areas in psychology including biopsychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, social/personality psychology, and clinical/abnormal psychology. As KPU’s flagship Psychology degree program, the BA is a flexible degree that allows students to explore many different content areas of psychology as well as other areas within the social sciences and humanities. Because of the flexibility of the program, BA students have the opportunity to consult with advisors, faculty and peers to determine their own degree specialization. The emphasis is on transferrable skills, including critical thinking, writing, group work, and oral presentations. Students also have the option of completing a workplace practicum coordinated by KPU and co-supervised by faculty and employers in relevant fields of employment.

Those interested in further study and graduate school or who prefer more extensive research experience may augment their knowledge and skills by taking the research-focused Honors program in Psychology. The Honors program affords students an opportunity to develop and report on a research project under the direct supervision of a faculty member within the Psychology Department.

Admission requirements

Students pursuing a major in Psychology must be admitted to the Faculty of Arts.

For more information, please visit the university website.

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Program content

1000 and 2000 Level

  • Introduction to Psychology: Basic Processes
  • Introduction to Psychology: Areas and Applications
  • Applied Statistics
  • Brain and Behaviour
  • Social Psychology
  • Cognition
  • Experimental Psychology: Research Methodology

3000 and 4000 Level


  • Drugs and Behaviour
  • Neuropsychology
  • Neuroscience


  • Psychology of Memory
  • Learning: Theory and Practice
  • Psychology of Consciousness
  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Critical Thinking in Psychology


  • Infancy
  • Aging


  • Attitudes and Persuasion
  • Group Dynamics
  • Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Psychology
  • Advanced Personality Theory
  • Psychology and Law
  • Culture and Psychology


  • Advanced Topics in Psychopathology
  • Clinical Psychology: Intervention
  • Health Psychology
  • Developmental Psychopathology

Scholarships & funding

Kwantlen Polytechnic University offers scholarship opportunities to new students, in amounts up to $20,000 CAD. For details and application requirements, please contact the university.

Career opportunities

The value of a BA in Psychology has been documented many times and BA Psychology graduates can be found working in a variety of roles such as: group home coordinator, behavior analyst, residential and youth counselor, and mental health worker to list but a few examples. Many employers are interested in the critical thinking and research skills that psychology majors bring and, as a result, psychology graduates are marketable well beyond the boundaries of psychology. For example, our BA psychology graduates have also been successful in finding employment as loans officers, probation officers, office managers, and customer relations representatives.

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About this institute

Kwantlen Polytechnic University  

Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) is Canada’s leading polytechnic university. KPU’s five campuses are all located in Metro Vancouver, a modern and multicultural region that has incredible natural beauty, the most temperate weather in Canada, and many career opportunities. With guaranteed...

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Kwantlen Polytechnic University

12666 72 Avenue
BC V3W 2M8 Surrey

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