Students have the option to complete a combined major with Psychology and another discipline (e.g. Philosophy, English, Linguistics). Students completing a combined major will take the same number of credits that straight Psychology students do (i.e., 20 credits for the 4 Year BA with Major and Honours programs, 15 credits for the 3 Year pass degree); however, their major credits will be divided between Psychology and the second discipline. This means students in combined degrees take fewer Psychology courses to complete their degrees. This process can be somewhat complicated and it is important to seek academic advising from both disciplines before pursing this option.
TIP: Combined Majors with Biology or Child and Youth Studies These combinations of degrees are unique in that they are 'owned' by the Biology and CHYS departments. Make an appointment with the advisor of the relevant department for information about the degree and requirements. Psychology advisors have very little information about these degrees.
Degree Options: Minors
Students may also wish to major in Psychology and minor in another discipline. Again, these students take the same number of major and elective courses that straight Psychology majors do; however, a number of their elective courses will be taken from their minor discipline. Not all departments offer a minor so it is important to check with individual departments to see whether this is an option and to check the academic requirements.
Degree Options: Co-Op
We are fortunate to have a very successful co-op program at Brock. Students can complete either of our 4 year degrees with a co-op (4 yr BA with Major or an Honours Degree) in 4 years. Students in the co-op program complete exactly the same courses as straight Psychology majors, but also have 3 terms (4 months each, for a total of 12 months) of work placements and non-credit co-op training courses. These placements give students an opportunity to gain some applied skills in the workplace while completing their degree.
TIP: Program Plans Make sure you make an appointment for academic advising in second year if you are in the co-op program. The sequence of your work placements will depend on which degree you are completing and will affect your course options in 3rd year.
Useful Websites and Contact Information Regarding Combined Majors, Minors, and Co-op