Psychology

Psychology is the study of mental processes and behaviour. Psychologists study relationships between brain function, behaviour, and environment. As a discipline, psychology explores a wide range of topics, including cognition, neuroscience, social influence, mental health, development, relationships, sensation, and perception, as well as the influence of factors such as gender and culture on these areas.

The Queen's Psychology Department is home to 33 labs where faculty members conduct research in Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science, as well as Developmental, Social, and Clinical Psychology. Students have the opportunity to work alongside faculty researchers and graduate students, investigating topics such as sexuality, bullying, mood disorders, and infant cognition.

Psychology asks questions such as:

  • Do our perceptions equal reality?
  • How does stress affect us?
  • How do early experiences affect our development?

Our Introductory Psychology course uses an innovative and engaging course design to build strong foundational knowledge in the psychological sciences. In addition to lectures, students are guided through concepts using a combination of reading, and interactive on-line materials. Students also work in small groups of 6 to explore psychological phenomena and test theories. This is truly a student-centered approach.

Top 5 Reasons to study Psychology:

  1. Evidence-based insights into how both environment and genetics influence the brain and behaviour.
  2. Evidence-based practices in mental health that are grounded in science.
  3. Hands-on experiential learning opportunities in laboratory and field settings.
  4. Transferable critical thinking and research skills.
  5. Skills that employers value, including teamwork, writing, and data analysis.

“My degree in Psychology prepared me for further education and for the work force, and also gave me a deeper insight into the human psyche. This highly versatile, student-centred program provided opportunity for student leadership, departmental community, and involvement in current empirical research.”
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Location: 
Humphrey Hall
Room number: 
225
Telephone: 
Department Head: 
Kate Harkness
Department Coordinator, Assistant to the Head: 
Susanne Burrows
Graduate Chair: 
Mark Sabbagh
Graduate Assistant: 
Giovanna Crocco
Undergraduate Chair: 
Meghan Norris
Undergraduate Assistant: 
Anja Wilke
Bachelor of Science (Honours) - BScH

Specialization in Biology and Psychology
An intensive course of study with approximately two-thirds of your courses within the discipline with a combination of courses within Biology

Major in Psychology
A major is an intensive course of study in one discipline, with approximately half of your courses within the discipline with room for an optional minor in any other Arts and Science discipline.

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - BAH

Major in Psychology
A major is an intensive course of study in one discipline, with approximately half of your courses within the discipline with room for an optional minor in any other Arts and Science discipline.

Medial in Psychology
A dual course of study in Psychology and any other Arts discipline.

Minor in Psychology
A minor is a less intensive course of study in the discipline that must be combined with a major in another discipline.

Internship option available

Online Bachelor of Arts (General)

For a full list of Degree Plans, see the Academic Calendar

Graduate Degree Options

Psychology - PhD
Psychology - MSc

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Alumni Career Statistics

  • 8% of alumni work in GOVERNMENT
  • 9% of alumni work in BANKING, MARKETING & CONSULTING
  • 13% of alumni work in HEALTH CARE
  • 38% of alumni work in EDUCATION

Some Psychology students go on to complete Masters and Doctoral degrees and find research careers in academia, government and large organizations. Others stress applied aspects and become expert in areas such as the treatment of abnormal behaviour or in personnel selection. Still others who do not go to graduate school use their undergraduate degree as a jump off to law, public administration, education and a wide variety of careers where knowledge of human behaviour is valued.

Where could Psychology students go after graduation?

  • Advertising
  • Basic and applied research
  • Business administration and management
  • Child and youth care
  • Community development
  • Conflict resolution and mediation
  • Consumer behaviour
  • Corrections
  • Counseling
  • Career counseling
  • Ergonomics
  • Forensic assessment
  • Health care administration
  • Human resources
  • Law
  • Foreign Service
  • Marketing
  • Media - electronic and print
  • Medicine
  • Mental health services
  • Neuroscience
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Professor
  • Program evaluation
  • Psychiatry
  • Residental care
  • Social work
  • Speech language pathology
  • Teaching


Taking time to explore career options, build experience and network can help you have a smooth transition to the world of work after graduation. Note: Some of these careers may require additional training.

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In PSYC 360, The Neurobiology and Psychology of Sleep, students discuss current research in the area of sleep physiology and associated disorders, with Dr. Hans Dringenberg. Students spend two full nights in Psychology’s Sleep Laboratory; one as a researcher, the other as a participant. In PSYC 335, Positive Psychology, students learn about how humans prosper in the face of adversity. Through engaging lectures with Dr. Dean Tripp, students explore research concepts, techniques, and exercises related to well-being.

Course Spotlight

PSYC 343: Judgement and Decision Making

This course is focused upon research in judgment and decision-making such as biases due to anchoring, relativity, intuition, and social norms. Assignments will apply topics to students’ everyday lives, help students be aware of common reasoning errors, and improve students’ ability to predict and influence the behavior of others.

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BAH students apply to Queen’s Arts (QA) through the OUAC (Ontario Universities Application Centre) website (ouac.on.ca). Secondary School prerequisites include six 4U and 4M courses, including a minimum of three 4U courses, one of which must be ENG4U. Applicants outside of Ontario may have additional requirements.

Psychology (BAH)
OUAC Code:
QA (Kingston Campus)
QB (Concurrent Education, Kingston Campus)
QIA (The Castle)
QIB (Concurrent Education, The Castle)

BScH students apply to Queen’s Science (QS) through the OUAC (Ontario Universities Application Centre) website (ouac.on.ca). Secondary School prerequisites include English 4U, Advanced Functions 4U, Calculus and Vectors 4U, plus 2 of Physics 4U, Chemistry 4U or Biology 4U or recognized equivalents.

Psychology (BScH)
OUAC Code:
QS (Kingston Campus)
QF (Concurrent Education, Kingston Campus)
QIS (The Castle)

Visit queensu.ca/admission for additional information regarding requirements and admission to Queen's.

See full admission requirements

After first year, in May, students will apply to their area of study (major, minor, specialization, e.g.) through a process called “plan selection”. The thresholds for each plan are competitive and can change from year to year. They are published each Spring by the Faculty of Arts & Sciences. The 2018/19 thresholds for Psychology Majors (both Arts and Sciences) were: minimum 2.6 cumulative GPA with minimum A- in PSYC 100 for Automatic Acceptance and minimum 1.9 cumulative GPA and minimum B in PSYC 100 for the Pending List. For the Biology & Psychology Specialization there is no automatic acceptance but historically students with a minimum 1.9 cumulative GPA and minimum B- in PSYC 100 are eligible for the pending list. Admission requires approval from both Biology and Psychology. Arts Medial programs vary in their admission thresholds but historically students with a minimum 1.9 cumulative GPA and minimum B- in PSYC 100 are eligible for the pending list. Admission requires approval from both Departments.

Information on plan selection

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Queen's is one of Canada's leading research-intensive universities - a place many of Canada's most outstanding researchers call home. From the humanities and social sciences to the physical, natural, and applied sciences, researchers across all disciplines have been recognized with the nation's highest research honours.

The Psychology Department at Queen's University provides internationally renowned research programs known for: the excellence and integrity of its faculty, students and training; the innovation and value of its research, scholarship, and skill development; and the fostering of leadership in the delivery of service to the community, to the field of psychology, and to society.

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The Department of Psychology has Graduate Programs at both the M.Sc. and the Ph.D. level in four areas:

The BBCS, the Developmental, and the Social-Personality Programs are designed to emphasize research skills and scholarship, preparing students for either academic positions or for research posts in government, industry, and the like. The Clinical Program is designed to educate psychologists who will be proficient in both the scientific and clinical aspects of their profession, and who are capable of working in a variety of settings.

Queen’s University has a minimum guarantee of funding for doctoral students (in good standing) of $18,000 per academic years 1 through 4, the Department makes a concerted effort to provide support for Master’s students in years 1 and 2 (some conditions may apply). The source of this support may be Federal/Provincial fellowships, scholarships, awards, Queen’s Fellowships/Awards; teaching assistantships; research assistantships, etc.

Angie Maltby
Graduate Studies Assistant
613-533-2872 
psycgrad@queensu.ca

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