Faculty of Arts


Psychology is the scientific study of thoughts, feelings, actions, perceptions, physiological and neurological responses, and other behaviours in animals and humans.

As both a scientific discipline and a profession, psychology relates to virtually every aspect of people's lives. Through research, psychology plays an integral role in understanding and predicting human behaviour. Through clinical practice, psychology strives to help people live more productive and fulfilling lives.

The Department of Psychology offers a variety of courses and the option of obtaining a major, minor or Honours in psychology as part of the Bachelor of Arts degree.

Why take Psychology at TRU?

Experience small class sizes and engaging opportunities! To better understand the fascinating field of psychology, first year students participate in research studies conducted by upper-year students and faculty. Upper year students have the opportunitiy to conduct research in the Honours program, by taking Directed studies courses or getting involved in faculty reserach, as research assistants and volunteers. Our students enjoy intimate classroom settings with dedicated, knowledgable, and caring professors who have an exciting range of research interests. 

Opportunities for Students

A chance to learn, research and explore in a supportive environment!

The department organizes conference trips for keen students to attend world-renowned conferences held by organizations such the Association for Psychological Science (APS), the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour and Cognition Studies (CSBBCS), and the Canadian Spring Conference on Behaviour and Brain.

The Psychology lab (AE 107) is a friendly place open to all psychology students. It is equipped with computers, a printer, SPSS software for analyzing data, a large table, comfy chairs, and assistance from the Psychology lab technician, or the Psychology work study student. Free workshops are held throughout the year on various topics, including:

  • How to get the most out of your undergraduate degree
  • Writing Papers in APA style
  • Getting involved in Research
  • The GRE's and applying to Graduate School
  • The Honours Program in Psychology

Careers for Graduates

Whether your undergraduate degree is a stepping stone to further education (such as M.A. or Ph.D.) or you want to go right into the work force, our graduates are successful!