Psychology is the scientific study of the mind, brain, and behaviour. The goals are to describe, explain, and predict behaviour, allowing for a scientific means of optimizing human development, abilities, and quality of life.
Faculty: Faculty of Science
- Bachelor of Science (BSc), honours or major in psychology
- Bachelor of Arts (BA), honours or major in psychology
- Any degree, minor in psychology
Other degree option in the field of psychology at Mount Allison:
- BSc, honours or major in cognitive science
- BA, honours or major in cognitive science
At its core, psychology is the quest to understand why people do what they do. The objectives of psychological study are to understand human nature, for its own sake, and to provide an increasingly reliable basis for the application of psychological principles to education, social policy, and medical treatment.
At Mount Allison, psychology can be pursued either as a science or an arts discipline, depending on your interests.
As the scientific study of mind and behaviour, psychology studies is a:
- social science – how people influence the behaviour of others, why we do what we do, personality and self-concept
- biological science – physiological mechanisms, neuroanatomy, evolutionary origins of mental and behavioural phenomena
- cognitive science – sensation and perception, abstract thinking, reasoning, language, memory
The psychology program at Mount Allison offers students a diversity of courses, while maintaining a strong core curriculum. Courses are offered in areas of psychology like:
Psychology students develop their knowledge by using scientific methods to analyze behaviour, employing careful observation and experimentation to develop and test theories. The results are theories, backed up by facts, that further your comprehension of the human mind.
You may also have the chance to participate in directed studies projects, independent summer research projects, honours theses, and volunteer work.
Find a list of psychology courses in the academic calendar – psychology.
NEW! Undergraduate certificates
Undergraduate certificates are open to Mount Allison students in any program of study. Certificates (12-18 credits) are taken during your Mount Allison degree, and must be combined with a major/degree program. Certificates available in the field of psychology:
- Certificate in Biopsychology
- Certificate in Foundations of Health
Popular career paths for psychology graduates include:
- clinical psychologist
- psychological counsellor
- employment/career development counsellor
- child/youth worker
- teacher/guidance counsellor/educational psychologist
- corrections officer/police officer
- border services/immigration officer
- social policy analyst
- human resources specialist
- speech-language pathologist/audiologist/occupational therapist
- marketing specialist
- art psychologist/art or music therapist
- health care administrator
- social worker
Dr. Lindsay Ross-Stewart ('03)
Bachelor of Arts, psychology
Psychology professor and sport psychology consultant, Southern Illinois University Edwardville (SIUE)
Dr. Ross-Stewart recently made headlines for her research around virtual reality (VR) and imagery in sports training and recovery.
Elissa McCarron ('11)
Bachelor of Science, honours psychology
Judicial law clerk, Federal Court of Appeal
McCarron graduated from McGill law in 2016, articled in Halifax, NS at McInnes Cooper, and was called to the Nova Scotia Bar Society in 2018.
“Some of the best things about the Psychology program at Mount Allison are the number of hands-on research opportunities, as well as the support and strong sense of community within the department. I am incredibly grateful for all of the opportunities and experiences I have had through this program from completing a directed studies project, working as a research assistant, and spending a summer working in the department.”
Sarah English (’19)
Psychology, minor in music
Maclellan’s Brook, NS
“The psychology program at Mount Allison has excellent research opportunities, supportive professors, and an inclusive environment. Classes are offered in a variety of different disciplines, and are combined with hands-on lab experience, allowing you to pursue your research interests. The honours program in particular enables you to conduct your own research under the supervision of a professor, which is excellent preparation for graduate programs. If you are passionate about psychology, helping people, or conducting research, this is the program for you!”
Anna Campbell (’19)
Honours psychology, minor in English
“I think there’s really something in psychology for everybody. It’s great if you love research, if you want to help people, or if you just want to learn more about why people behave the way they do. Remember that introductory psychology classes naturally have to be really broad, but do not let that deter you. You’ll get into the really interesting psychology classes in second year and above, so don’t give up too early if you are passionate about psychology.”
Desiree Gregory ('14)
Honours psychology, minor in sociology (’14)
“Psychology is a broad and intriguing discipline. It interacts with just about everything, meaning it is easy to find an area you might be interested in. The Psychology department at Mount Allison runs an excellent program. There are a multitude of research opportunities and a diverse selection of classes. The professors are very supportive and want to see you fulfill your potential. My advice for any psychology student at Mount Allison would be to get to know your professors — you'll feel more connected to the University and your studies.”
Kyle Milley (’19)
Honours psychology, minor in political science
“There is a wide variety of interesting courses offered in psychology, which really allows you to explore and develop your own specific interests. There are also plenty of opportunities to become involved in research, including the lab components of many courses, volunteering as a research assistant for an honours project, and completing an honours thesis, which are great preparation for later graduate studies. The best thing about the Psychology department is the wonderful professors and staff, who are very dedicated to their students; I was able to focus on my own interest in political psychology in my final year with the help and guidance of a few professors, which really enriched my experience in the program.”
Kaelan Ruddick (’19)
Honours psychology and French, minor in international politics
New Hamburg, ON
“The best aspect of the psychology program is the number of opportunities it provides for students. Whether it's volunteering or working in a lab or even conducting your own research project, you really have the opportunity to pursue what you're interested in and there is something for everyone. Even though it's one of the bigger departments on campus, I found the psychology department very close.”
Kiersten Mangold (’19)
Honours psychology, minor in anthropology
“I love the psychology professors at Mount A. They are all so knowledgeable and experienced, and yet they are approachable rather than intimidating! They share personal anecdotes to make the material more memorable and encourage asking questions because they are genuinely invested in student success.”
Hannah Ingalls (’19)
Honours psychology, minor in biology
Saint John, NB
Faculty members in the psychology department all have active research programs in their own area of specializations. Psychology students at Mount Allison are able to participate in the research process in a number of ways:
- Each year, individual faculty members supervise research projects for honours and directed studies students
- Students also have the opportunity to apply for research awards which allow them to work with faculty members over the summer term
- Many students will either work or volunteer in faculty research laboratories
- Students in our introductory psychology classes are given the opportunity to experience the research process by participating in our 'psychology participant pool' and becoming a participant in the many studies conducted each year in the department
In addition to majors and minors, Mount Allison offers undergraduate certificates that can be taken as part of your degree program.
Certificates in the field of psychology include:
- Certificate in Social Research Methodologies
- Certificate in Biopsychology
- Certificate in Foundations of Health
Psychology students can get a certificate in addition to their degree if they complete the requirements. The certificates include coursework in sociology, biology, and a variety of other disciplines. Certificates show potential employers, supervisors, and other agencies that you have acquired specialized knowledge about specific subareas of psychology and/or research.
For more detailed information on certificates, visit the academic calendar - certificate programs.
Dr. Jennifer Tomes
Associate professor, psychology
Specializes in cognitive psychology with a special focus on human memory, recipient of the Herbert and Leota Tucker Teaching Award