Studying Psychology in the Bachelor of Arts

Psychology will help you understand why people are the way they are, and why they do the things they do. You will also study abnormal behaviour, including how it occurs and how it can be treated.

Learn about aspects of behaviour such as human motivation and emotion, decision-making processes and social interaction, through a strong basic knowledge of psychological concepts and theories in areas including cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, sensation and perception, and social psychology.

Studies in this discipline are also available via the Bachelor of Science.

Sample Course Plans

Bachelor of Arts students can study Psychology as both a major or minor sequence.

Major Core
Major Core Prerequisite
Minor Sequence
3rd Year Psych Major Elective
Breadth / Arts Elective
Arts Foundation

The accredited major in psychology requires a 125 point accredited sequence, and is intended for students contemplating further study or professional training in psychology. This sequence includes 25 points of level two or three subjects completed within the breadth component of the Bachelor of Arts degree.

Year1 Semester 1 Mind, Brain & Behaviour 1 Arts Foundation Arts Subject Breadth
Semester 2 Mind, Brain and Behaviour 2 Arts Foundation Arts Subject Breadth/Arts Elective
Year2 Semester 1 Biological PsychologyDevelopmental PsychologyArts SubjectArts Subject
Semester 2 Cognitive PsychologyPersonality and Social Psychology (as breadth) Arts Subject Breadth
Year3 Semester 1 Research Methods for Human Inquiry Level 3 Psychology Elective (as breadth) Arts SubjectArts Subject
Semester 2 Psychological Science: Theory & Practice Level 3 Psychology Elective Arts Subject Breadth

A minor sequence in psychology consists of 75 points of study comprising:

  • Two level 1 psychology subjects (25 points); and
  • Two level 2 psychology subjects (25 points); and
  • Two level 3 elective psychology subjects (25 points)
Year1 Semester 1 Major Subject 1 Arts Foundation Mind, Brain & Behaviour 1 Breadth
Semester 2 Major Subject 2 Arts Foundation Mind, Brain and Behaviour 2 Breadth/Arts Elective
Year2 Semester 1 Major Subject 3 Major Subject 4 Level 2 Psychology Subject Breadth
Semester 2 Major Subject 5 Major Subject 6 Level 2 Psychology Subject Breadth
Year3 Semester 1 Major Subject 7 Major Subject 8 Level 3 Psychology Subject Breadth/Arts Elective
Semester 2 Major Subject 9 Major Subject 10 Level 3 Psychology Subject Breadth