Psychology at Acadia

Psychology is the science of behaviour and mental processes. This includes how behavior develops, how people perceive and think about the world, neural and physiological processes that affect behavior and emotion, social processes among people, personality patterns, and mental health issues and their treatments.

At Acadia, students can take either a Bachelors of Arts (BA) or a Bachelors of Science (BSc) as a Psychology major (and it is usually easy to switch from one to the other after your first year).  Although the Psychology component is identical in both streams, courses taken outside the major can vary considerably, depending on students’ interests. In the first two years, Acadia’s programs offers broad overviews of many subareas of psychology, and psychology methods with an emphasis on human psychology. Our large second year offerings also make Psychology a very popular minor for students in all programs at Acadia. Upper-year courses provide our majors the opportunity for in-depth learning in areas of interest, with small class sizes and plenty of opportunity for quality interactions with professors and other students.  A major in psychology provides a solid grounding in the core areas of the field, as well as a basis for understanding the research methods used in all social and health sciences. Students with more focused interests in either Neuroscience or Applied Psychology can obtain "options" in these areas. For more information on the undergraduate program please go to the Undergraduate Program webpage.

A career in psychology typically requires advanced training beyond the undergraduate level. A psychology major with honours well prepares motivated stronger students to undertake this training. For more information on the honours program please go to the Honours Program webpage.