Psychology is the science that studies human behaviour and mental processes, and it is one of the richest fields of scholarly and scientific research. The BA in psychology deals with the fundamentals of psychology with a particular focus on how we learn, communicate and interact with one another, preparing you for graduate studies in experimental psychology, clinical psychology, in health sciences, in education or in administration. 


Where does language come from? How does language work? What is the nature of language structure and how is meaning encoded into language? Advances in research and new technologies are revolutionizing the way we try to answer these questions. Using the latest equipment and investigative approaches, our research laboratories make it possible for you to analyze spoken sounds, track eye movement and brain activity during language processing, explore language variation and acquisition, and probe dozens of other theoretical and empirical aspects of language including unfamiliar languages. 

These programs can serve as an entry point for a master's degree in either speech-language pathology or audiology, as well as for subsequent graduate study in theoretical and empirical linguistics.

This program is offered in English and in French. 

This program does not lead to graduate studies in psychology at the University of Ottawa.

Requirements for this program have been modified. Please consult the 2015-2016 calendars for the previous requirements.

ENG 1100Workshop in Essay Writing3 Units
3 course units from:3 Units
Reasoning and Critical Thinking
Philosophy: Ideas and Arguments
3 course units from:3 Units
Introduction to Interdisciplinary Study in the Arts 1
Introduction to Interdisciplinary Study in the Arts 1
Literature and Composition I: Prose Fiction
Literature and Composition II: Drama and Poetry
3 course units from:3 Units
Introduction to Interdisciplinary Study in the Arts 1
Introduction to Interdisciplinary Study in the Arts 1
Moral Reasoning
Fundamental Philosophical Questions
Great Philosophers
Philosophy: Themes and Texts
Linguistics (48 course units)
LIN 1310Introduction to Linguistics: From Words to Utterances3 Units
LIN 1320Introduction to Linguistics: The Sounds of Language3 Units
LIN 2310Introduction to Syntax3 Units
LIN 2320Introduction to Phonology3 Units
LIN 3350Psycholinguistics3 Units
6 optional course units in linguistics (LIN) from list A of optional courses6 Units
12 optional course units in linguistics (LIN) from list B of optional courses12 Units
3 optional course units in linguistics (LIN) from list C of optional courses3 Units
6 optional course units in linguistics (LIN) 26 Units
6 optional course units in linguistics (LIN) at the 3000 or 4000 level 26 Units
Psychology (48 course units) 3
PSY 1101Introduction to Psychology: Foundations3 Units
PSY 1102Introduction to Psychology: Applications3 Units
PSY 2105Child Development3 Units
PSY 2106Quantitative Methods in Psychology I3 Units
PSY 2116Quantitative Methods in Psychology II3 Units
PSY 2174Research Methods and Ethics3 Units
PSY 2301Biological Foundations of Behaviour3 Units
PSY 3108Perception3 Units
PSY 3301Behavioural Neuroscience3 Units
PSY 3307Psychometric Methods3 Units
PSY 3377Cognition3 Units
9 optional course units in psychology (PSY)9 Units
6 optional course units in psychology (PSY) at the 4000 level6 Units
12 elective course units 312 Units
Total: 120 Units


List of Optional Courses

List A
LIN 3310Syntactic Theory 13 Units
LIN 3315Introduction to Semantics 13 Units
LIN 3320Phonological Theory 13 Units
LIN 3328Morphology 13 Units
List B
LIN 2352Neurolinguistics 23 Units
LIN 2355Second Language Acquisition3 Units
LIN 2358Communication Disorders 23 Units
LIN 3325Intermediate Phonetics 23 Units
LIN 3354First Language Acquisition 23 Units
LIN 4325Speech Production 23 Units
LIN 4326Speech Acoustics 23 Units
LIN 4328Clinical Phonetics and Phonology3 Units
LIN 4952Laboratory in Psycholinguistics3 Units
List C
LIN 2381Varieties of English3 Units
LIN 2782Variétés de français3 Units
LIN 2784Le français du Canada3 Units
LIN 3340Dialectology3 Units
LIN 3342Sociolinguistics3 Units
LIN 4340Urban Dialectology I: Data Collection3 Units

The electives may be replaced by a combination of a Minor, Option(s), and/or elective units.