Queen’s University offers a number of different types of psychology degrees and many of these can be combined with other disciplines. To determine which type of degree is best suited to your goals, please visit the links to the left. They will direct you to career information, as well as details about each of our psychology degree programs.
BSCH vs. BAH Psychology Programs
Both the BAH (Bachelor of Arts, Honours) and the BSCH (Bachelor of Sciences, Honours) provide undergraduates with a solid education in psychology. The choice between the two is normally made by the student who has specific interests or career goals.
Students who are interested the "Brain, Behaviour & Cognitive Science" aspects of psychology normally select the BSCH. These students are interested in neuroscience, human factors, physiology, sensation, perception, etc. in the context of psychology. The BSCH provides a background in mathematics and the natural science as well as psychology and includes lab experience. It provides excellent preparation for careers requiring math and science. The BSCH requires 120.0 units.
Students interested in social psychology or abnormal and clinical psychology generally select the BAH. These students are often interested in social dynamics, personality, relationships, and the interaction between psychology and culture including topics such as learning, literacy, aggression, persuasion, deviance, typical and atypical development. The BAH prepares students well for many varied careers, providing a background in analysis, critical thinking, research and information delivery that can be applied to business, community development, advocacy, security, health care, communications, etc. The BAH requires 120.0 units.
Either of these degrees can prepare students to pursue post graduate work in Clinical Psychology.
Thesis vs. Seminar Option in the Major
We need to distinguish between the Honours degree with or without a thesis (completed in final year). Students who wish to pursue a graduate degree in clinical or experimental psychology usually pursue the Major Thesis option. Students who are planning careers in other fields, including counseling, would normally take the Seminar option.
Need help finding your way through PSYC, and beyond? Find concentration-specific advice on academics, extra-curriculars, networking, international opportunities and career development all in one place. The PSYC major map provides suggestions - you don’t have to follow all the recommendations. Use them to plan ahead, and find your own way through your degree! PSYC Major Map