Thompson Rivers University

Open Learning

Arts Programs

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology Major

  • This program is available to applicants residing in Canada or outside Canada.
  • This degree program is designed for students wanting to specialize in one arts discipline (psychology).
  • TRU-OL offers many courses that fulfill both lower and upper 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 TRU degree program.

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)

Lower-level Psychology Requirements (6 credits)

Upper-level Psychology Requirements (30 credits)

  • 27 credits of upper-level psychology courses (may include TRU-OL's:
  • 3 credits of Directed Studies (PSYC 4991)

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

Elective Requirements (60 credits)

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

30 credits of the degree requirements (with no more than 15 credits at the upper level) may be applied credit, 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).

Students are responsible for consulting with their TRU-OL program advisor to ensure that courses selected are appropriate for the program of study or to meet future educational goals. Students require a Letter of Permission before registering in a course (not listed on the website) at any other post-secondary institution to complete the credential. Students who proceed without approval may find that a particular course does not meet requirements and may be subject to transfer credit assessment fees.

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