Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour and mental processes. It is a discipline that examines how we feel, perceive, think, learn, and remember; what motivates us, and how we act in groups and societies. The Psychology Department at St. Thomas covers all of the traditional areas of Psychology, and alternative areas as well, giving students a thorough foundation in our dynamic and broad discipline. 

Each year, some of our students present their original research at the Science Atlantic Conference (which is held at a different university in Atlantic Canada annually).

Studying Psychology provides students with excellent skills in analytical thinking, research processes, and problem solving. In addition, studying Psychology enhances skills regarding interactions and relations with people with different backgrounds and experiences. Psychology students develop the abilities to work well as part of a team and as independent thinkers. The study of Psychology heightens our understanding of ourselves as well as the social world around us.

An education in Psychology from St. Thomas prepares graduates well for a career in the field; however, it also equips grads with skills and knowledge that serve them well in an extensive list of diverse areas. Psychology graduates often move into careers in clinical psychology, research, academia, law, business, human resources, speech language pathology and audiology, counselling, medicine, school psychology, education, and social work, to name only a few.

Psychology students may be interested in other fields that explore different aspects of the human experience and help us learn about how people react to events in their lives. English, Criminology, Sociology, Anthropology, and Gerontology may be of interest to a student of Psychology looking to take courses outside the department.

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Psychology is the scientific study of the brain and behaviour.  Specifically, psychologists are interested in studying topics such as our perceptions, thoughts, emotions, and how we are affected by physical, mental, social and environmental factors.

The Psychology Program at Huron emphasizes the development of basic foundational research knowledge.  Our program focuses on the development of core research skills in Psychology, and this emphasis on research skill development starts in the first year and continues in all upper year core research courses.  Our core research courses focus on the academic study of Psychology in various subfields (Learning and Motivation, Cognition, Developmental and Social), but we also offer courses in many diverse topics at the upper year level (e.g., Neuropsychology, Behavior Modification, Persuasion, Interpersonal Relationships), and are planning several new courses in Health Psychology, Risk Behavior, and Applied Psychology, among others.

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Algoma University’s psychology program continues to be one of the University’s most popular programs. We offer an individualized educational experience, where students are able to establish a personal relationship with their professors. This fosters a very intimate and interactive learning environment.

Our psychology program offers two different degrees, tailored to the students’ strengths and interests. The Bachelor of Science (B.Sc. four-year) degree requires students to complete a greater number of biological-based courses compared to the Bachelor of Arts (B.A. four-year) degree. While most students choose to do a four-year degree, there is also three-year Bachelor of Arts degree option available.

In addition to the standard courses on methodology that are required for a psychology degree, we offer courses on a wide range of topics in psychology. The majority of courses that we offer fall under one of two broadly-based categories: those that focus on the social bases of behaviour, and those that focus on the biological bases of behaviour. While students are required to take some courses from each of the two groups, there are plenty of courses to choose from, enabling students to select the courses that are most applicable to their interests and future goals. To find out more information on these groups please view our Academic Calendar (PDF).

While it is widely known that psychology can involve the identification of, and counselling for, abnormal thoughts and behaviours, there are many other areas of psychology that might be less widely known. For example, we offer courses which teach students how and why we are susceptible to visual illusions and why individuals follow group behaviours. Beyond the study of humans, we also offer courses which teach how non-human animals (such as birds and bats) have evolved to find food and communicate in the most efficient manner.

A psychology degree is really a stepping-stone to the next phase of a student’s life. We teach you how to be dedicated, motivated, and to think critically about scientific data, human and non-human behaviour, and science in general. Clearly these are skills that are in demand by a whole host of prospective employers, and will serve you well no matter what you chose to do with your psychology degree. Whether you want to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree or a Bachelor of Science degree, the psychology program at Algoma University will provide you with knowledgeable faculty, hands-on research possibilities, and the comfortable setting of a smaller university in which to explore your potential, broaden your range of interests, and develop your skills.

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Are you fascinated by human behaviour? Do you want to learn more about why people feel and act the way they do? Psychologists explain, predict, and even modify behaviours.

Students have the option to major in psychology through the Science degree program (BSc) or the Arts degree program (BA) at Saint Mary’s. The Major requirements in both programs are the same, and students may take the same psychology courses through either program. However, the B.A. and B.Sc. programs have differing required and elective courses as outlined in the academic calendar.

With small class sizes and vibrant, student-focused faculty, our students learn and work in a supportive atmosphere that encourages real-world experience. With an active student society and one of the largest program enrollments on campus, our students quickly become a part of the Saint Mary’s community. Our department is also recognized as the preeminent leader in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology east of Montreal and is home to some of the only Law Psychology professors in the Maritimes.

At any given time, we have about 100 undergraduate students involved in research with faculty, and another 50 working as teaching assistants. Students may also take part in our co-op program, attend regional conferences, or study abroad to diversify their learning.

Last year, Psychology students hosted the 26th Annual Student Conference, where they had the opportunity to present their research. In addition, some students went on international exchanges for credit in China, Finland, Norway, Sweden and the Arctic.

Sample courses offered:

  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Mind and Brain
  • Group Dynamics and Intergroup Behaviour
  • Gender Roles
  • Psychology and Law
  • Psychology of Leadership
  • Forensic Psychology

Future career opportunities:

*  additional education/training may be required 

  • Vocational counselling
  • Law enforcement
  • Social worker
  • Clinical psychologist
  • Researcher
  • Psychotherapist
  • Child development specialist

“I decided to join Saint Mary’s because the quality of the education is superior. Students have the chance to work one-on-one with some of the world’s foremost experts, which rarely happens at larger schools where students remain a number, not a name. This is a truly unique university, and we care deeply about our students.”

Dr. Maryanne Fisher, Associate Professor, Psychology

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