The Honours Comprehensive Stream (Bachelor of Arts) is a very good option for students who want to graduate with an honours degree, but who are not interested in, or have not been accepted to write a thesis. Students in the Comprehensive Stream have the option to take more variety of content courses in Psychology and will complete an applied Data Management course in their final year.
Please note, most graduate programs in Psychology require that students have research experience, and some prefer students who have completed a thesis, however, few graduate programs list a thesis as an absolute requirement. Most programs we reviewed used language like ‘thesis or equivalent’ and ‘research experience’ on their admissions websites.
This means that if you are planning to apply to graduate programs in Psychology the research stream is ideal, but the comprehensive stream is also appropriate, as long as you have research experience. There are several ways to gain research experience outside the research stream including volunteering or working in research labs and taking directed readings courses. Visit the Brock Psychology website for more information about research in the department (https://brocku.ca/social-sciences/psychology/research/) and the www.brockpsycsite.com/how-do-i.html for more information about directed readings.
Average Requirements Students must have a 70% PSYC average to be allowed to register in PSYC 4P08 in 4th year. They must maintain at least a 60% PSYC average in years 1,2 & 3 to stay registered as PSYC majors. Students must have a 70% PSYC average at the time of graduation to graduate with honours.
Year 4 Course Requirements PSYC 4P07 or 4P92 PSYC 4P08 **2 PSYC Credits 390-499 2 Elective Credits
** of the total number of 3rd and 4th-year PSYC credits, students must take at least one ½ credit 3rd or 4th year course from each of three lists: an Applied list, Social Processes list, and a Brain and Cognition list. Applied PSYC 2P92, 3P31, 3P53, 3P72, 3P75, 4P20, 4P25, 4P27, 4P29 4P72, 4P79 Social Processes PSYC 2P90, 3P18, 3P31, 3P32, 3P34, 3P37, 3P77, 3P78, 3P79, 4P30, 4P59, 4P71 Brain and Cognition 3P05, 3P06, 3P38, 3P46, 3P59, 3P60, 3P65, 3P68, 4P26, 4P55, 4P57, 4P58, 4P60, 4P63