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4 year Program

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 or Research Psychology, or in fact many 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 effectively 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 of in another discipline, 18-24 Credits), elective courses of interest, bulking up particular themes or areas, etc..

Foundations courses
Foundations courses have the objective of 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 actually make decisions that set the direction of their culture. Such courses should enable students to see that the various disciplines are ways of studying different aspects of creation. They should also prepare students to articulate a biblical model of the relation between faith and learning. Students should learn how one's faith commitment relates with learning and research. Such courses should 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 will take:

Course Code

Course Title


Reading to Know, Writing to be Known: An Introduction To Literature I


Reading to Know, Writing to be Known: An Introduction to Literature II


Western Civilization: European History from the Classical Age to 1648


The West and the World, 1500-Present


Introduction to Philosophy


Entering the Story: Introduction to the Bible

In addition, students will 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, then, all students will have 24 credits in Foundations courses.

Breadth courses
Breadth courses have the objective of providing students with the 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 in which students must have credits. Generally, students in the Bachelor of Arts program will have 6 credits in each category. These categories are:


Fulfilled by

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.

Social Science


The social science breadth requirement will be met by courses in the Psychology major

3 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 door 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
Each term King's hosts a two-day Interdisciplinary Studies Conference; students take the conference for one half credit. 6 IS conferences taken across 3 years totals 3 academic credits, or the equivalent of one course.

The student 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 Introduction to Psychology I: Basic Biological Processes
  •  PSYC 251 Introduction to Psychology II: 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 Behaviour, or: PSYC 477 Evolution, Genes, and Behaviour
  •  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

Further Psychology courses needed the student is free to take from existing course possibilities. See course list.

The remaining courses to make up 120 Credits are free choice for the student. You may choose a minor concentration from within these, or take a variety of different courses from different disciplines.

For best progression through the degree across 4 years, there is a timeline for certain courses that ought to be followed. 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, 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