Friday, October 18, 2013

Applied psychology degree coming to Douglas College

Interested in studying psychology and then putting your degree to work in a related field such as counseling?

Douglas College is launching a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology program in January with classes at both the New Westminster and Coquitlam campuses.

"This new program will allow students to develop a foundation in psychological theory and research and the skills to apply this knowledge to specific career paths," says Laura Dane, the program's coordinator.

Offered exclusively through Douglas College, the new program will be open to students who have completed a two-year associate of arts degree in psychology, or the equivalent.

Once accepted into the program, students will be required to complete a final two years of study to earn the four-year bachelor's degree.

A key part of program is the specialization, a 15-credit group of courses students will take in one of six areas including psychosocial rehabilitation, applied research, forensic psychology, and leadership and management.

And for students interested in pursuing advanced studies, an honours degree will be offered starting next fall. This option will emphasize independent research and upper-level coursework.