Wilfrid Laurier University Undergraduate Academic Calendar - 2012/2013
Canadian Excellence

Honours BA Psychology: Comprehensive

The Honours BA Psychology: Comprehensive Program provides students with a liberal arts education that includes broad exposure to the major sub-fields of psychology along with some training in research methodology and statistics. It is designed to provide students with the analytical skills and information useful for a broad range of career options. The requirement for at least one course with a community service-learning experience exposes students to a broader range of experiences beyond the classroom.

The Honours BA Psychology: Comprehensive program consists of 20.0 credits, including at least 10.0 but not more than 11.0 credits in Psychology. A maximum of 6.0 credits at the 100 level may be included in the program.

Progression from Year 1 to Year 2 requires a GP of 5.0 in each of PS101 and PS102 (or a 5.0 GPA in PS100*) and a 5.00 GPA overall; Progression from Year 2 to 3, and from Year 3 to 4 requires a 6.00 GPA in Psychology and a 5.00 GPA overall. For graduation, a 7.00 GPA in Psychology credits and a 5.00 GPA overall are required.

As noted above, students are required to include a community service-learning experience in their program. This can be accomplished by doing one of the following on-campus courses: PS275, PS276, PS277, PS282, PS283 or PS379. (Note that Online Learning versions of these courses, where available, do not offer a community service-learning experience.)

All students in the program must complete the requirements for the Contemporary Studies (CT) program (minimum of 5.0 CT credits as outlined in the Contemporary Studies section).

Additional Information

Year 1 (5.0 credits)
PS101 and PS102 (or PS100*) and 4.0 elective credits. (Ordinarily students will include 1.0 non-psychology credit from each of Curriculum Divisions A, B, and C [Refer to Curriculum Divisions]).

Year 2 (5.0 credits)
PS295, PS296; either PS270 or PS275; either PS280 or PS282; two of PS260, PS261, PS262, PS263.

Year 3 & 4 (5.0 credits in each year)
The remaining courses from PS260, PS261, PS262, PS263, PS270, PS275, PS280 and PS282 (which were not completed in Year 2);
At least two of PS366, PS374, PS379, PS381, PS398, of which at least one must be completed during Year 3.


  1. Students in the Honours BA Psychology: Comprehensive program may register for PS360, PS361, PS362, PS363, PS370, PS375, PS382, PS394, PS395 or PS397 only if a minimum grade of 4.00 is achieved in each of PS295 and PS296 or with permission of the department.
  2. Students are able to graduate in honours if they achieve a GPA of 5.00 overall and 7.00 in PS courses. Refer to the Graduation/Degree Regulations for an alternate graduation option if honours degree requirements are not met.
  3. Students in the Honours BA Psychology: Comprehensive program are normally not eligible to take any 400-level PS courses.
  4. At the end of Year 2 students can choose to remain in the Comprehensive program at Brantford or switch to the Honours BA Psychology: Research Specialist program, which is offered only at the Waterloo Campus (if they meet the conditions listed under requirement #1 at: http://legacy.wlu.ca/calendars/program.php?cal=1&d=912&p=1813&s=438&y=49.)