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Undergraduate Curriculum

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Through a comprehensive selection of courses, students study experimental and clinical research methodologies and focus on the program’s core areas – cognition and neuroscience, developmental and social psychology, clinical and health psychology and advanced research specialization.  The Psychology curriculum builds on 1 year of predominantly social science foundations followed by 3 years of specialized study in Psychology.

See below for our curriculum overview and program policies.

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Curriculum Overview

In the first year - which is shared with the Criminology, English, Environment and Urban Sustainability, Geographic Analysis, History, Language and Intercultural Relations, Philosophy, Politics and Governance, and Sociology programs - you will learn the fundamentals of psychology in Introduction to Psychology I and II, along with courses from the other areas in the shared platform. You can also choose courses from a variety of other fields, such as French, History, Philosophy, Business and the natural sciences (such as Biology, Chemistry and Physics).

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In the upper years, you will develop a sharper focus on psychological theories and research methods. You will complete a broad range of courses that encompass topics such as aging and memory, childhood and adult psychological disorders, drugs and addictions, the history of psychology, cultural diversity, gender, sexuality, psychology and law, neuroscience, and more.

You will also continue to explore other subject areas, and you may choose professionally related electives that lead to a broad range of minors, such as Human Resources Management, Information Systems, Politics, Marketing, Family Supports and Community Practice, Sociology and others. Through a range of courses in all 4 years, you will develop essential skills, including how to think critically, communicate effectively, interpret and conduct research, negotiate and work in teams, and understand written, graphic and computer communications.

Students interested in pursuing graduate studies in Psychology will have the option of taking advanced courses from the Advanced Methods and Independent Study Group and will have opportunities to conduct supervised research with a faculty member.

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Program Policies

Transfers Within the Faculty of Arts 

Students who have been admitted into the Bachelor of Arts without declaring a program choice (Undeclared Arts, Entry Option Only) must seek admission to one of the Arts Common Foundation programs in second semester. 

Students must declare their program online via RAMSS by February 2nd. All program transfers are considered on a competitive basis and are subject to program capacity.

Program-to-Program Transfer

Students admitted to the Bachelor of Arts in any of Criminology, English, Environment and Urban Sustainability, Geographic Analysis, History, Philosophy, Politics and Governance, Psychology, or Sociology, may transfer from their current program and plan to any one of the other eight plans for the Fall term of their second year of studies. Applications are available through the Program Office and must be submitted by February 2nd. Transfer applications are considered on a competitive basis subject to program capacity, and therefore program choice cannot be guaranteed.

Students intending to transfer to Psychology for second year from any of Criminology, English, Environment and Urban Sustainability, Geographic Analysis, History, Philosophy, Politics and Governance, or Sociology, are encouraged to present a cumulative grade point average of 2.67 (B-) in their first semester studies at Ryerson to maximize their chances for consideration, subject to competition and available second-year spaces. Possession of the minimum cumulative grade point average does not guarantee program transfer.  Students must have successfully completed PSY 102 in order to transfer to Psychology for the Fall term of their second year of studies.  It is strongly recommended that students complete both PSY 102 and PSY 202 in first year.

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Students admitted Fall 2011 or later must take two lower level liberal studies courses and four upper level liberal studies courses to graduate.  Students admitted Fall 2010 and earlier must take three lower liberal studies courses and three upper level liberal studies courses to graduate.  For more information on Liberal Studies, visit the Liberal Studies page, opens in new window in our calendar.

Students are able to combine professionally related electives to earn a Minor in several disciplines that will uniquely complement a degree in Psychology and broaden their career preparations. Students may pursue most Minors offered by Ryerson (with some exceptions), and where possible, a student may take more than one Minor. For a complete list and description of available Minors and information on individual Minor requirements and restrictions, please see the Minors Policy, opens in new window section of the current Undergraduate Calendar. 

Please visit Ryerson's page on Admission Procedures and Policies for more information on this topic.  Information on various other Ryerson University policies may be found on the Senate Policies Page.

Ryerson undergraduate students who have confirmed their Offer of Admission are eligible to submit Transfer Credit Applications for courses completed at accredited Ontario colleges and universities. Visit the Transfer Credit website for more information, instructions, and forms.