Thompson Rivers University

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Bachelor of Arts, Psychology Major

Program Availability:

This program is available to applicants residing inside or outside of Canada.

Program Description:

This degree program is designed for students wanting to specialize in one discipline (psychology). Students may complete one of the following four major programs: criminology, English, history, psychology, sociology. TRU-OL offers many courses that fulfill both lower- and upper-level degree requirements, but students may need to complete some degree requirements through classroom or distance courses from other recognized post-secondary institutions and transfer the credit to the degree program.

What Can You Do With This Credential?

In Oslo, Norway where he is a full-time coach, Lee Davidson juggles fatherhood and work with his studies in the Bachelor of Arts, Psychology program. Davidson plans to blend his interest in psychology with his experience in sport.

Naomi vanGinkel Wilde plans to use her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology to help provide her with the foundations required to go on to graduate studies and pursue a career working with special needs and gifted children.

Program Requirements

Admission Requirements:

Open admission.

Students who plan to complete a credential through TRU-OL must complete and submit a Program Admission form.

Residency Requirements:

Minimum of 15 TRU credits (distance or on-campus).

Degree Requirements:

120 credits, including 45 upper-level credits, with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0, are required as follows:

General Education Requirements (24 credits)

May be met with lower- or upper-level university courses; refer to general education requirements for disciplines.

6 credits in English (university-level composition and literature). Technical business writing courses do not meet this requirement.
6 credits in humanities other than English
3 credits in mathematics (including statistics) and/or science
PSYC 1111, Introductory Psychology I (3) or equivalent
PSYC 1211, Introductory Psychology II (3) or equivalent
PSYC 2101, Statistics in the Social Sciences (3) or STAT 1201, Introduction to Probability and Statistics (3) or equivalent

Lower-level Psychology Requirements (6 credits)

PSYC 2111, Introduction to Research in Experimental Psychology (3) or equivalent
3 credits of a second-year psychology course (may be PSYC 2161 or 2131)
C average is required in lower-level PSYC courses (including introductory psychology and statistics courses).

Upper-level Psychology Requirements (30 credits)

27 credits of upper-level psychology courses (may include PSYC 3151, 3451, 3461, 3611, 3621, 3991)
3 credits of Directed Studies (PSYC 4991)*

Minimum grade of C is required in each upper-level course, including Directed Studies, used to meet the 30 credits taken in the discipline of the major (psychology).

*Directed Studies consists of concentrated study of a topic in the discipline of the major selected by the student in consultation with an Open Learning Faculty member. It is open to students who have fulfilled the general education requirements, all the lower-level requirements of the major, and a minimum of 15 credits of upper-level courses in the subject of their major. As registration procedures differ for Directed Studies courses, students are required to consult with their TRU-OL program advisor before registering.

Elective Requirements (51 credits)

15 credits of upper-level elective courses
45 credits of lower- or upper-level elective courses


An upper-level course in statistics is strongly recommended for students who intend to pursue a post-graduate degree in psychology.

30 credits of the degree requirements (with no more than 15 credits at the upper level) may be applied studies, e.g. fine and performing arts studio courses and technology courses. Education, business and administrative studies courses are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Degree requirements may be met with credits earned by prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR).


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