Jun 19, 2024  
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University of Alberta Calendar 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Major in Psychology [Arts]

General Information

See Bachelor of Arts  for additional regulations and requirements.  

The Department of Psychology offers courses leading to BA and BSc degrees. Students who want to emphasize the humanities and social sciences in their programs should register for the BA and follow one of the sequences suggested in the Faculty of Arts section. Students wishing to emphasize the biological sciences should register for the BSc. However, to ensure a well-rounded background in psychological inquiry, students in the BA program must take Psychology courses from both the Faculties of Arts and Science.

Requirements for the Major


Because STAT 141 or STAT 151  is a prerequisite or corequisite for several senior courses, it should be taken in Year 1 or 2.

Cooperative Education (Work Experience) Route

General Information

The Cooperative Education (Work Experience) Route is available to students in the BA Honors Psychology program or the BA program with a major in Psychology. Students who present a Faculty Grade Point Average of at least 2.3 are eligible for the program, an opportunity for extended, paid work experience. The paid work experience is normally undertaken after completion of a minimum of 48 units, and not more than 105 units.

Program Requirements

Students who are approved to enter this stream and find an internship placement that is 4, 8, 12 or 16 months are registered into WKEXP 801 , WKEXP 802 , WKEXP 803  and/or WKEXP 804  depending on the duration on the placement.

During the program, students are considered full-time students of the University. Work experience courses have no weight and are graded credit/no credit, and recorded on the student’s transcript; students are not permitted to register in any academic courses during the Work Experience Program. The Work Experience Program Advisor maintains contact with the student and the person designated by the employer to be responsible for the student’s progress. This arrangement ensures satisfaction on all sides. If the placement is not satisfactory for either party, the internship may be terminated and the student would then return to classes at the next available opportunity.

Promotion and Graduation Requirements

The graduation requirement for the Work Experience program designation includes successful completion of, at minimum, WKEXP 801 , and WKEXP 802 .

Interested students should see the Work Experience Advisor in the Department of Psychology for more information.


  1. Students should be aware that under the Protection for Persons in Care Act, all new employees, volunteers and other people engaged for services by designated agencies (hospitals, nursing homes, group homes, social service agencies, etc.) must complete a Police Information Check (also known as a Criminal Record Check, Security Clearance Check, or Police Clearance), which must include a Vulnerable Sector Check. In addition, certain other agencies, organizations, and educational facilities may require students to present a Police Information Check prior to entering a practicum, work placement term, internship, or field experience placement.
  2. Students who have concerns related to their ability to provide a clear Police Information Check should consult with the Associate Dean, Student Programs. Students will be informed of the need for a Police Information Check prior to specific period of internship/practicum placement. See Requirement for Police Information Checks  for more information on the general requirements concerning Police Information Checks and the fees associated with them.