Bachelor of Arts

Psychology is the study of thought, feeling, and behaviour. The Bachelor of Arts Psychology is for those who are interested in understanding why people do the things that they do, and who want to gain insight into their own personalities and emotions.

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Psychology is the study of thought, feeling, and behaviour. The BA Psychology is for those who are interested in understanding why people do the things that they do, and who want to gain insight into their own personalities and emotions. It is designed to introduce students to the major concepts and discoveries of psychology, and to equip them with basic skills in research design and interpretation, and in the application of psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues. 

Specific skills you will acquire as a psychology major at Briercrest include critical and creative thinking, the ability to collect, organize, analyze, and interpret social science data, the ability to communicate well, and an increased level of interpersonal awareness. These skills are highly sought after by employers in a wide range of fields. 

The BA Psychology offers a solid foundation for graduate study, as well as providing entry into a wide variety of social and human service occupations.


The BA Psychology at BCS requires 42 credit hours of major requirements including 27 credit hours at the 300-400 levels and 6 credit hours at the 400 level. In addition, three credit hours of cognate study are required. The BA Psychology requires a minimum of 39 credit hours of 300+ course work within the context of a 126 credit hour degree.

Students will complete the four-year BA degree Core Curriculum, as well as 6 semesters of Service and Experiential Learning. As part of their graduation requirements, all four-year BA students will also complete the Senior Portfolio (PRT 400).

New students:  apply to the college now  and our admissions advisors will work closely with you throughout the rest of the process.

Current students: contact Academic Services to change programs and/or to be connected with a faculty adviser.

Degree Requirements

(126 credit hours: minimum 39 at 300+ level)

BA Core Curriculum

(66 credit hours)

Required Courses

(24 credit hours)

Course Credit Hours
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology I * 3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology II * 3
PSY 280 Psychology of Human Development: A Lifespan Perspective  3
PSY 301 Research Methods in the Social Sciences 3
PSY 302 Statistics for the Social Sciences 3
PSY 320 Social Psychology
PSY 330 Theories of Personality
PSY 350 Cognitive Psychology 3
PSY 401 History of Psychology 3

Psychology Electives

(18 credit hours: minimum 12 at the 300 level and 3 at the 400 level)

  • Choose 6 courses from the following:
PSY 320 Social Psychology 3
PSY 322 Exceptional Children 3
PSY 330 Theories of Personality 3
PSY 336 Positive Psychology 3
PSY 340 Psychology of Sport and Exercise 3
PSY 351 Psychology of Counselling 3
PSY 379 Psychology of Personal and Interpersonal Dynamics 3
PSY 381 Psychology of Human Development: Children  3
PSY 382 Psychology of Human Development: Adolescents 3
PSY 383 Psychology of Human Development: Adults 3
PSY 393 Specialized Study 3
PSY 415 Abnormal Psychology  3
PSY 430 Human Sexuality  3
PSY 441 Contemporary Counselling Issues  3
PSY 443 Counselling and Contemporary Society 3
PSY 448 Psychopharmacology 3
PSY 450 Psychology of Religion  3
PSY 471 Educational Psychology  3
PSY 493 Specialized Study 3

Cognate Science Requirment

(3 credit hours)

BIOL 115 Human Structure and Function 3

Free Electives

(15-24 credit hours)

PRT 400 Senior Portfolio non-credit
SL 1-6 Service and Experiential Learning non-credit

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Charles Hackney, PhD
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Charles Hackney.jpgDr. Hackney and his family have lived in Caronport since January 2010, and he has found that coming from Fairbanks, Alaska has equipped him well for the task of living in the Middle of Nowhere. He is fond of Shakespearean theatre, having performed in a number of productions. He is also a martial arts instructor with the Caronport Bartitsu Society.

Ellery Pullman, PhD
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Ellery Pullman.jpgDr. Pullman has been at Briercrest College and Seminary for over 30 years! He is married to Marlene and has three daughters and two sons-in-law. He holds an MA in Counselling Psychology from Talbot Graduate School and a PhD in Educational Leadership from BIOLA University. He has been involved in a number of administrative and teaching roles at BCS and currently teaches full-time in the areas of developmental psychology, counselling, and educational studies. He is a past president of the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference. He has also participated in a number of church and camping ministries in both Canada and the United States.

Dr. Pullman has been involved with public education at both the local and provincial levels. He is also an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Saskatchewan.