Why study Psychology at Grenfell?

Psychology seeks to understand how we think, act, and feel. By exploring mental functions and actions, we can understand individual and group behaviour. Grenfell's psychology program offers students a wide variety of topics and will provide you with skills and knowledge that will have relevance throughout your life including:

  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving abilities
  • Analytic abilities
  • Writing skills
  • Presentation skills

Near the end of your studies, you'll have the opportunity to present your research to your peers, family, and the community at the year end Senior Project Research Conference. It's a celebration of the work of our senior students and an impressive showcase of their skills in the research domain, further demonstrating the dynamic and comprehensive characteristics of psychology.


Career opportunities

Whether completing a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in psychology, your degree from Grenfell will open up doors to a wide variety of career opportunities. 

Graduates of our psychology program have had a variety of career opportunities with their undergraduate degree, including:

  • Employment counsellor
  • Wellness facilitator
  • Counselling centre intake worker
  • Interagency coordinator
  • English-as-an-additional language teacher
  • Director of research
  • Applied Behaviour Analysis therapist
  • Violence outreach worker
  • International student coordinator
  • Positions in the civil service (customs to social services)

Many Grenfell psychology graduates continued their post-secondary education in a wide-range of professional degrees or graduate degrees (MA or PhD), such as:

  • Social work
  • Education
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Speech-language pathology
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Nursing
  • Clinical psychology
  • Counseling psychology
  • Developmental psychology
  • Cognitive Neuropsychology
  • Industrial Organizational Psychology


Courses available in first year

Psychology offers two courses at the introductory level; both are surveys of different subfields within psychology.

Psychology 1000
Introduction to Psychology is the first half of a two semester introduction to psychology as a biological and social science. Topics include history, research methodology, behavioural neuroscience, sensation and perception, consciousness, learning and memory.
Lectures: Three hours per week
Prerequisite: None

Psychology 1001
Introduction to Psychology is the second half of a two-semester introduction to psychology as a biological and social science. Topics may include emotion, motivation, stress and health, personality and individuality, psychological disorders and treatment and social psychology.
Lectures: Three hours per week
Prerequisite: Psychology 1000

Note: Psychology 1000 and 1001 are prerequisite for all other psychology courses.

Sample program for first year

Sample program

Fall SemesterWinter Semester
English 1000English 1001
Psychology 1000Psychology 1001
minor program courseminor program course
six credit hours in electivessix credit hours in electives







Contact information

For additional information please contact:
Grenfell Campus, Chair of Psychology



Guide to First Year

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000