(August 8, 2012) -- The Honourable Stephen Khan, Minister of Alberta Enterprise and Advanced Education, has approved a new four-year Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Psychology to be offered at St. Mary's University College in September 2012.
"This degree is an important milestone for St. Mary's University College,” said Dr. Gerry Turcotte, President. “It meets a huge demand from our students. The degree is timely, and the content of the program is outstanding. I'm very excited about this new development."
The BA in Psychology grounds students in psychological research methods and exposes them to the variety of ways in which human behaviour can be understood. Graduates will be prepared to work in many fields such as mental health, research, politics, education and social work. Further educational training would allow graduates to consider a number of careers including work as psychologists, mediators and therapists.
Dr. Alisa McArthur is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at St. Mary's University College.
“It's a credit to our professors and the wonderful atmosphere at St. Mary's that we received so much support from students in developing a four-year degree," said Dr. Alisa McArthur, Assistant Professor of Psychology.
"We have had a great deal of interest in our psychology program over the past several years and with the development of the four-year degree we will be able to offer our students even more opportunities,” she said.
The program has been designed for individuals who seek a broad and extensive psychology education in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Much like other Bachelor degrees offered by St. Mary’s University College, students who wish to pursue the four-year Psychology degree will need to complete 120 credits consisting of the liberal arts core, psychology core, psychology electives and breadth requirements.
With the addition of the new psychology degree, St. Mary's now offers seven degrees: four-year Bachelor of Arts degrees with majors in English and Psychology; three-year BAs with concentrations in English, Psychology, History and General Studies; and a two-year Bachelor of Education (Elementary) after degree.
The new Psychology degree is being offered this Fall 2012 and St. Mary’s is still accepting applications. Read more about the degree here. Visit apply.stmu.ca for information about the application process.