A 4-year Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Psychology is a great choice for those planning on going onto graduate school, whether in Counseling Psychology, Research Psychology, or others.
BA 4-year with a Major in Psychology (120 Credits)
Students must take 120 Credits (i.e., 40 three-credit courses) according to this distribution:
- 48 Credits (Minimum) in Psychology
- 24 Credits in Foundations
- 18 Credits in Breadth (since 6 Credits of "Social Sciences" Breadth courses are automatically met by having many psychology courses, this means 12 additional credits required: 6 in the Natural Sciences, 6 in the Fine Arts/Language other than English)
- 3 Credits Cognate discipline
- 3 Credits Interdisciplinary Studies
These total 90 Credits. The remaining 30 Credits may be used towards a minor (a secondary area in another discipline, 18-24 Credits), elective courses of interest, bulking up particular themes or areas, etc.
Foundations courses are focused on enabling students to understand the underlying structures of reality and discourse, to develop a Christian perspective on learning aimed at transforming culture, and to perceive that human beings make decisions that set the direction of their culture. Such courses enable students to see that the various disciplines are ways of studying different aspects of creation. They also prepare students to articulate a biblical model of the relation between faith and learning. Students learn how one's faith commitment relates with learning and research. Such courses also help students gain a historically informed, lingually capable, critical and appreciative understanding of the "isms" of the age (e.g., relativism, naturalism, reductionism, etc.) which have shaped our culture's understanding of the academic enterprise and generated certain issues and problems common to all or several disciplines.
All students take the following:
- ENGL 214 - Writing Matters: English Literature and Academic Interpretation I
- ENGL 215 - Writing Matters: English Literature and Academic Interpretation II
- HIST 202 - Western Civilization: European History from the Classical Age to 1648
- HIST 204 - World History, 1500-Present
- PHIL 230 - Introduction to Philosophy
- THEO 250 - Entering the Story: Introduction to the Bible
In addition, students take a senior philosophy and senior theology course from a designated list of courses. For example, we highly recommend Phil 334: Philosophy of the sciences, as the second Philosophy Foundations course.
In sum, all students will have 24 credits in Foundations courses.
Breadth courses are focused on providing students with a broad range of approaches to reality that is the classic goal of a baccalaureate degree. These courses balance disciplinary rigor with making students familiar with the aspect of creation represented by the discipline. This kind, of course, provides the general context of a student's education.
There are three categories of courses students need credits in. Generally, students in the Bachelor of Arts program have 6 credits in each category. These categories are:
Natural science (with lab)
Any astronomy course, biology course with lab, chemistry course with lab, CMPT250, GEOG201, PHYS241, PHYS243
Fine Arts or Language other than English
Any art course; any art history course; any drama course except DRAM 320; CMNA 350, 395, 396; ENGL 391, 398, 498; any music course; any language other than English course.
The social science breadth requirement will be met by courses in the Psychology major
Three credits are required in the "cognate discipline" of Sociology. A student must take one from two Introductory Sociology courses: either Soci 200 Introduction to Sociology or Soci 201 Canadian Society. Taking the Introductory Sociology course opens doors to taking numerous senior Sociology courses often of interest to a Psychology student, such as Sociology of Gender, Criminology, Marriage & Family, Deviance, and others.
Interdisciplinary Studies (IS)
Each term, King's hosts a two-day Interdisciplinary Studies Conference; students take the conference for one-half credit. Six IS conferences taken across three years totals 3 academic credits, or the equivalent of one course.
Students in the 4-year BA must take a minimum of 48 credits (a maximum of 60 credits) in Psychology courses. A number of specific courses are required as part of the 48 credits, as well as some choice beyond.
Required Psychology courses:
- PSYC 250 - Basic Psychological Processes
- PSYC 251 - The Person in Society
- PSYC 301 - Exploring the Human Experience: Methods and Statistics for Psychology I
- PSYC 302 - Exploring the Human Experience: Methods and Statistics for Psychology II
- PSYC 340 - Social Psychology
- PSYC 351 - Childhood and Adolescence
- PSYC 363 - Cognition
- One of either: PSYC 375 - Brain and Behavior or PSYC 477 - Evolution, Genes and Behavior
- PSYC 390 - Psychology of Personality
- PSYC 398 - Contemporary Issues in Psychology
- PSYC 420 - History of Psychology
- PSYC 485 - Senior Research Project
- PSYC 495 - Senior Psychology Seminar
For any further Psychology courses needed, the student can take any course from existing course possibilities. See course list.
Students can choose the remaining courses to make up 120 Credits. You may choose a minor concentration from within these, or take a variety of different courses from different disciplines.
There is a timeline for certain courses to have the best progression through the degree across 4 years. While some of this advice is more general--for example, take as many of the Foundations requirements in your first two years as possible--for certain Psychology courses it is more specific, like as follows:
Year 1: PSYC 250 and PSYC 251
Year 2: PSYC 301 and PSYC 302
Year 3: PSYC 398
Year 4: PSYC 420, PSYC 485, and PSYC 495