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Message from the Head

Welcome to the Department of Psychology!

Psychology at the University of Calgary is engaged in a wide range of exciting activities. Our research laboratories reflect the diversity of interests within our department. Our contributions also include dynamic participation in campus institutes and initiatives, journal boards and positions, research agency roles, and many other local, national and international activities. Members of the department are highly active in the generation and dissemination of psychological knowledge.

Our department is one of the most active teaching units at the University of Calgary, as Psychology is a very popular undergraduate area of study, and we provide course offerings for the 840 undergraduate Psychology majors who are in pursuit of either a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree. The Department also has an Honours program for selected undergraduates, who complete a research thesis in their final year of studies. We also partner with other academic units on campus to support programs in Community Rehabilitation, Health Sciences and Mind Sciences, and Neurosciences. As well, we support an extension program for students to complete the B.A. degree through Red Deer College.

As part of its research and educational activities, the Department offers graduate programs that lead to the M.Sc. and the Ph.D. degrees. We have a graduate specialization in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and provide graduate degrees in the areas of emphasis in Cognition and Neuroscience, and Social and Theoretical Psychology. Our Clinical Psychology program is accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association. Our graduate student funding is among the best in the country, with guaranteed levels of financial support. We also provide our graduate students with mentorship, strong course offerings and research support. We have two student organizations, one each for the undergraduate and graduate students.

In sum, the Department of Psychology is a vital contributor to the University, the communities in which we reside, and the discipline of Psychology, more broadly. I encourage you to look further at our Department; I believe that you will find much of interest!

Chris Sears, PhD

Department Head