Undergraduate Programs- Bachelor of Arts

In Fall 2017, a number of important changes will be introduced in the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

First, there will be a new three-year Bachelor of Arts General in Psychology for students who want to more readily transition to the world of work, or who want to pursue an advanced degree/diploma that is not immediately related to psychology.

Second, the Honours programs will include a new pathway of courses focused on experiential learning: that is, learning via first-hand experience that develops key transferable skills such as critical thinking, oral, written, and reading communication, and professional behaviour.

Third, there will be no new admissions in the Bachelor of Arts Information Systems and Human Behaviour.

Students interested in the Bachelor of Art in Psychology should contact the Department of Psychology to obtain additional information prior to the inclusion of the new programs in the academic calendar 2017/2018.

Bachelor of Arts

The discipline of Psychology is normally associated with the social sciences, the biological sciences, and the health professions. Specialization in Psychology at Guelph is available as a B.A. honours program major, a B.A. honours program major (co-op), and as an honours specialization in the B.SC. program (described in the schedule of studies for B.SC. programs).

Through its different undergraduate programs, the Psychology Department attempts to provide a) a broad general education emphasizing psychological theory and methodology, with an empirical basis in course work (e.g. experiments and projects); b) an appropriate background in psychology for those who leave the University with an undergraduate degree to embark on careers in related areas (e.g. social services); and c) a sound preparation for graduate study in psychology. Students intending to apply for admission to graduate programs in Psychology are advised to refer to the Graduate Studies Advisory Note.

A cumulative average of at least 70% in all course attempts in Psychology is required to enter or continue in the Honours Psychology program major in semesters 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8.


Students interested in a Minor in Psychology should examine the schedule of studies for the Minors in Psychology. The department does not offer Psychology as an Area of Concentration in the General BA Program.