Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour and mental processes. It is a discipline that examines how we feel, perceive, think, learn, and remember; what motivates us, and how we act in groups and societies. The Psychology Department at St. Thomas covers all of the traditional areas of Psychology, and alternative areas as well, giving students a thorough foundation in our dynamic and broad discipline.
Each year, some of our students present their original research at the Science Atlantic Conference (which is held at a different university in Atlantic Canada annually).
Critical and Transferable Skills
Studying Psychology provides students with excellent skills in analytical thinking, research processes, and problem solving. In addition, studying Psychology enhances skills regarding interactions and relations with people with different backgrounds and experiences. Psychology students develop the abilities to work well as part of a team and as independent thinkers. The study of Psychology heightens our understanding of ourselves as well as the social world around us.
Careers and Graduate Pathways
An education in Psychology from St. Thomas prepares graduates well for a career in the field; however, it also equips grads with skills and knowledge that serve them well in an extensive list of diverse areas. Psychology graduates often move into careers in clinical psychology, research, academia, law, business, human resources, speech language pathology and audiology, counselling, medicine, school psychology, education, and social work, to name only a few.
Related Areas of Study
Psychology students may be interested in other fields that explore different aspects of the human experience and help us learn about how people react to events in their lives. English, Criminology, Sociology, Anthropology, and Gerontology may be of interest to a student of Psychology looking to take courses outside the department.