Wilfrid Laurier University Undergraduate Academic Calendar - 2011/2012
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 of at least one course with a community service-learning experience exposes students to a broader range of experiences beyond the classroom.

Note: At the end of Year 2 students can choose to remain in the Comprehensive program or switch to the Honours BA Psychology: Research Specialist program (if they meet the progression requirements given below).

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.

Additional Information

Year 1 (5.0 credits)
PS101 and PS102 (or PS100*)
4.0 elective credits which must include at least 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. Progression from Year 1 to Year 2 requires a GP of 5.0 in each of PS101 and PS102 (or a GPA of 5.00 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.
  2. 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.)
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Students in the Honours BA Psychology: Comprehensive program are normally not eligible to take any 400-level PS courses.