Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Academic Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Open for Admission)

Progamme Accreditation
126 credits
For students entering the program at the Freshman level
(Please click here for more info on the Freshman program)
96 credits
For students entering the program at the Sophomore level
(holders of a recognized Baccalaureate or Freshman diploma - equivalent to 30 credits)


General Education Common Core
PSY305Clinical Psychoanalysis 1
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: PSY201
This course is divided into two segments: the first segment enables students to recognize essential psychoanalytical notions based on Sigmund Freud’s theories, particularly the discovery of the unconscious, psychic apparatus, psychosexual development and fundamentals of analytical therapy; the second segment allows students to identify leading figures in psychoanalysis, namely the post­Freudian authors (Anna Freud, Melanie Klein, etc.), as well as neo­Freudians (Alfred Adler, Carl G. Jung, etc.) The course aims to offer the students a means to adopt a psychoanalytical method of interpretation that can be applied in clinical psychology.
PSY422Cognitive Psychology
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: PSY311
The course demonstrates how intelligence is implemented in cognitive activities such as attention, perception, memory, problem-solving, decision­making and reasoning. For each of these core activities, the information processing theories will be determined, as well the methods and techniques used by psychologists to understand, analyze and assess cognitive functioning.
PSY 370Counselling and Ethics
3 credits
PSY214Developmental Psychology
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: PSY201
The course has two segments given in two sequential phases: Childhood and Adolescence 1st segment: childhood allows students to become familiar with basic concepts and notions of childhood developmental psychology (stages, phases and developmental factors); understand the major theoretical approaches (maturational, behavioral, psychoanalytical, cognitive constructivism and psychosocial approaches); identify the main characteristics belonging to each developmental stage on the biological, intellectual, affective, sexual, social and moral level; 2nd segment: adolescence allows students to understand the adolescent phase in the developmental process, note each function belonging to this stage, pinpoint the process of self­consolidation, the construction of the identity, achieving maturity as well as choices and decision­making processes.
PSY433Fundamental Psychobiology
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: PSY311
This course studies the physiological study of the human being, especially the biological human constitution and its influence on its psychological characteristics, the emotions, intellect, imagination, belief, etc., taking into account the important contribution of neurosciences. The course enables students to understand, from biology and neurobiology, the psyche and human behavior.
PSY467Group Management Functioning and Dynamics
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: PSY311 and PSY330
The course focuses on theoretical models of the functioning and management of groups, as well as on notions of inter­group communication and its application on different levels: group, family, individual and organizational. Students will be required to participate in a group dynamics session and write a summary report of their personal experience within the group.
PSY325Introduction to Psychosomatics
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: PSY311
The course focuses on the field of psychosomatics and introduces different perspectives and schools examining somatic manifestations that are strongly associated with the psychological development of the individual. The course also studies symptomatology of psychosomatic disorders from early childhood to adulthood, resulting from psychological development. It also explains the different aspects of the therapeutic procedure addressing psychosomatic symptoms.
PSY315Psychology and Health
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: PSY201
This course develops the following: recognition of the theoretical and empirical foundations in psychology of health, their application on the dimensions and the psychological behavior of health and disease (styles and habits of life) in the predisposition, development and maintenance of physical illness, in health and the management of certain diseases.
The identification of themes related to the psychology of health (pain, stress, cancer, obesity, addictions, vulnerability, and others).
SOC325Psycho-Sociology of Communication
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: PSY201
This course is divided into two parts. The first part includes a base of theoretical and conceptual skills of communication. This is how the communication will be detailed as a psycho-sociological object with its theories and ideologies, analyses of mass communication, psycho-sociological perspective, critique of contemporary currents analysis of communication and information, psycho­sociological reading of communication and professions. Analytical progress will be made on the study of public discourse in the media, and the media itself, through its policies, its positioning and audience. The second part focuses on practical skills. It includes listening, reformulation, argumentation, face to face communication, in groups or general public, as well as the mastery of oral intervention techniques to different types of audience and familiarization with media practices.
PSY330Social Psychology
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: PSY201 Or SOC201
Firstly, this course explains the basic concepts in the various fields of social psychology, namely values, norms, opinions, attitudes and roles, social interactions, communication and information. The course then develops the group notion and covers its theoretical perspectives (cohesion, interaction process, conflicts and resistances, etc.) and group animation (methods, techniques and applications). The practice of social interactions is inherent to this teaching (role play, information clips, case simulations, etc.).
SOC218Statistics Applied to Human Sciences I
3 credits
Most of the analysis within human and social sciences and decision­making is founded on statistical data. Students work individually on data collected either in their research or in their professional lives. This course provides students with the tools and knowledge required to present, in tables and graphs, the data they have to handle, to analyze the characteristics of a statistical distribution to a character and to study the correlations between two variables. Particular attention is devoted to the choice of statistical methods and interpretation of results.
SOC318Statistics Applied to Human Sciences II
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: STA201 or SOC218
This course introduces students to the concepts of statistical inference essential to research in the humanities and social sciences. Students are often required to collect information on samples of individuals and not on the entire population. They learn to draw conclusions about the population they are interested in, from the data collected on samples with prudence and necessary rigor. For this purpose, this course introduces the students to the laws of probability, the estimation of population parameters by an interval of confidence and benchmark testing of two, as well as many mediums, by analysis of variance.
PSY311Theories and Models of Personality
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: PSY201
The course consists of two complementary sections: the first section concerns a personality study through different standpoints of psychoanalysis and dynamic psychology, existential and humanistic psychology, psychometrics and factor analysis, behavioral psychology and through theories of learning including various affiliated methods and theories; the second section helps students in learning the application of various personality assessment methods.
MTR222University Working Methodology
3 credits
This course will provide first year students in humanities with essential methods for the preparation of their work during the years of study at the University. These methods are common to all material and address different levels, ranging from exercises promoting correct educational attitudes in the introduction to the methods of work, the investigation of a text, and finally, to the mastery of speech essential to establish exchange with others, orally and in writing, and to assert with confidence and autonomy. In addition, the objectives of this course will address data essential for the design, drafting and the realization of research work.
Emphasis: Clinical Psychology
PSY470Adult Psychological Exam
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: PSY335
This course enables the recognition and use of the psychometric tests adapted to adults: intelligence test, personality, recruitment or referral, psychopathology rating scale, etc. It also allows analysis, data processing and interpretation, in order to establish a diagnosis of mental functioning and evaluation prognosis. The students will learn to write a report (or psychological assessment) and to communicate the results as appropriate.
PSY437Adult Psychopathology
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: PSY335
This course identifies the psychiatric disorders of the adult; specifically their symptoms, etiologies, and the different modalities of management and treatment. It enables students to differentiate psychotic disorders (schizophrenia, delusional disorders), mood disorders (depression and bipolar disorders), anxiety and conversion disorders (OCD, phobia, panic disorder, GAD, conversion), alcohol and substance use disorders, as well as personality disorders. Another student objective for this course is to identify disorders, make differential diagnoses, and be introduced to the treatments used in psychiatry, in order to have a comprehensive understanding of adult psychopathology.
PSY337Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: PSY214
This course defines the theoretical bases of child and adolescent psychopathology. Themes are selected with respect of the priority of hereditary, congenital or acquired pathologies and progressing to other psychiatric disorders.
A recurrent therapeutic overview follows the definition and identification of various psychological disorders that enables the students to reinforce any understanding of the psychopathology.
PSY445Clinical Psychoanalysis 2
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: PSY305
The aim of this course is to develop further theories regarding personality structures and psychological disorders based on Freudian and post­Freudian concepts within contemporary psychoanalysis. More specifically, students will comprehend the relationship between theory and practice in the clinical framework, through a variety of theoretical constructs amongst current authors of the Psychoanalytical Society of Paris (Jean Bergeret, Pierre Marty, Françoise Dolto and others) and the International Lacanian Association (Jacques Lacan). Students will also be introduced to recent research from the European and American psychoanalytical schools, thus benefiting from the scientific activities and the recent publications of these schools.
PSY469Communication Techniques and Clinical Examination
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: PSY337
This course is twofold: validate the clinical approach, maintenance procedures and clinical examination and the method of testing at the level of the child and adolescent; use and review data analysis of different tests - intelligence test (verbal and non-verbal), personality tests (questionnaire, scales, etc.), projective tests (CAT, Black Legs, scéno ­test, drawings, etc.), in order to establish a diagnosis of mental and psychic functioning and prognosis of evolution, adapted to children and adolescents.
PSY335Developmental Clinical Psychology
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: PSY214
This course identifies the characteristics of the adult stage, crises and problems encountered during the different ages of the adult, maturity and crises (mid­life crisis, generational conflict, identity and professional problems of men and women, loss and mourning, etc.). In the second part, this course targets and analyzes the influence of environmental and cultural factors, attitudes, values and social representations.
PSY480Personality Study with Projective Techniques
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: PSY311
The course is divided into two distinct but complementary parts: Psychodiagnostic Rorschach and the Thematic Apperception Test. Psychodiagnostic Rorschach aims to examine the theoretical models that govern the diagnostic range, prognosis and treatment of the Rorschach test, wherein all ages and issues are involved. Students will learn the basics of operating the Rorschach and acquire technical interpretation of the different indices of Rorschach. The Thematic Apperception Test (TAT) aims to understand the foundations of psychoanalytic interpretation of TAT by the method of Vica Shentoub and its successors; and the counting chart developed by the school, without excluding other interpretations. After a theoretical overview of the two projective tests, an application will be based on a case study of clinical protocols of children, adolescents and adults on a normality and pathology level.
Capstone: Clinical Psychology
PSY475Internship of Clinical Psychology
3 credits
This internship aims to guide students who, at the end of their third academic year, choose to access the Master of Clinical Psychology. Students, in agreement with the Head of Department, undergo an internship in an institution that supports the various cases and offers students the opportunity to observe them, to become familiar with the clinical territory rich in problems whose solutions fall within the competence of the clinical psychologist. The duration of the internship lasts for one semester for four days a week and five hours a day, from 8:00 am to 13h. 20 hours per week; in other words, an hourly volume of 300 hours per semester.
Emphasis: Industrial Psychology
PSY415Ergonomic analysis
3 credits
This course intends to define ergonomics (adapting work to the operator) within the framework of labor sciences and to present its approach to human beings at work, with the practical objective of improving the work situation, particularly – albeit not exclusively – the relationship between men and machine. The course presents a history of ergonomics, its trends (physical ergonomics, cognitive ergonomics, macro­ergonomics, anthropo­technology, and design) and its methods (observation of activity, analysis of communications at work, simulation, etc.). It enables students to get to know the fundamental concepts of ergonomics: real work–prescribed work, task and activity, modus operandi, regulation, responsibility and constraint and labor analysis. It also covers labor­health and labor­time relations. It will be completed with a description of objectives and forms of action in ergonomics (correction, conception, organization, formation, etc.), and teaching will build on examples of ergonomic action.
SOC423Organizational Sociology and Labor
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: SOC201
This course provides a synthesis of different theories that explain structure, functioning and organizational transformation. In the first part, the course defines the field of analysis of the sociology of organizations as well as its main theoretical currents. In the second phase, it helps students comprehend the sociology of work in its various aspects and according to new trends (technology acceleration, globalization, current management of human resources, modern social stratification, activities of women, rising unemployment), i.e. according the professional development of trades. In a third part, students are required to perform an observation of a specific field, through the use of certain analytical models and key concepts, allowing them to sociologically analyze concrete organization and institutional environments.
PSY366Personal and Professional Development in Occupational Psychology
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: PSY311
The course objectives are: personal development (psychological orientation and counseling);and professional development (establishing the necessary link between personality and professionalism, as the set of job­related skills needed to practice a trade). The course develops the following themes: key knowledge in Counseling Psychology; the main models and types of intervention in counseling; guidance in counseling and occupational mobility; knowledge of the different types of intervention (recruitment and guidance interview, review interview, counseling interview); and knowledge of various ethical and deontological aspects of human labor. At the end of the course, students will know how to conduct interviews in guidance, counseling, and support for personal and professional development.
PSY378Practice of the evaluation in industrial psychology
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: PSY366
This course aims to teach students how to conduct an objective and scientific evaluation using instruments, trials and tests pertaining to the quality of work, workers’ skills and organization system evaluation, in terms of productivity/performance. The course is based on a methodological approach covering: the cognitive analysis of daily activities and work situations; project management and its conformity with the aims and means; personality assessment; assessment of skills; assessment of work conditions (healthwise - prevention of occupational risks and safety); and assessment of professional and interpersonal relations. At the end of the course, students will know how to provide a dynamic interpretation of the results obtained using evaluation methods and are capable of justifying an opinion formulated and based on these results.
PSY455Psychological Management of Human Resources
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: PSY414
This course is divided into two parts: ­ the first part includes the objectives, components and knowledge bases of the HR function within organizations; the second part addresses the psychological management of problematic issues pertaining to management, labor relations and their consequences. This course develops humanistic approaches (motivation­ satisfaction­implication), interactionist approaches (illustrating the actors and their strategic approach) and symbolist approaches (illustration of corporate culture).
PSY439Psychopathology of Work
3 credits    |    Pre-requisite: PSY366
This course identifies the psychological problems caused by work: adjustment and adaptation to various working conditions, states of fatigue and neuroses of work, the concept of ‘burn out’, the problems caused by automation and the use of computers, the effects of unemployment on mental health, and the issue of the employment of sick and mentally disabled people. The course develops the topics of anxiety and stress at work, the causes of work stoppages, addiction to work, workaholism, etc.
SOC460Survey methodology
3 credits
This course provides students with the basic knowledge essential to perform a survey in the service of a search. For this purpose, a knowledge of all stages of an investigation, of the preparation (setting objectives, questionnaire design, and choice of sampling method) is required to collect data and prepare students for the analysis and presentation of results. Students will also learn to use SPSS for compiling the data and the analysis of results.
Capstone: Industrial Psychology
PSY490Internship of Industrial Psychology
6 credits
The internship enables the students to learn about the functioning of organizations: public or private companies, administrations, associations, etc., and their place in economic and social life. The course is an introduction to the life of work, an openness to the system of communication and information within a company, a prerequisite for putting into practice the theoretical acquisition concerning human resources management and the management of contradictions in a particular undertaking. The phases of the course are: a) a stage of observation during which the trainee is limited to the observation of the progress of the work in contact with the leaders and, if possible, with staff, b) a stage of intervention, under the supervision of the organizational psychologist hired by the company, with cases, which constitute a problem within the institution. The response phase is controlled by the psychologist at work or under the control of the master psychologist of the course teacher. At the end of the course the students prepare a detailed report in which they present the company, describe the workings, the hierarchical distribution, the quality of work, the means put at the disposal of the worker to evolve or fall into mental impairment, working hours and respect for labor rights, possibilities of malfunctions, etc.


This accreditation commission of evalag, Evalag-Baden-Württemberg http ://www.evalag.de, accredited this program and awarded the evalag international label for program accreditation.


- Clinical Psychology
- Industrial Psychology


The Department of Psychology seeks to train competent people in various fields of study: cognitive, clinical, pathological, social, labor and development psychology. This education aims at giving human behavior a scientific explanation and understanding the psychic functioning that underlies it. The training helps students command, on the one hand, theoretical, methodological and practical knowledge. On the other hand, it prepares them to practice the profession of psychologist and researcher. These skills empower them to enter the labor market and gain access to higher education and research.

Program Educational Objectives

1. Graduates will make careers in guidance, counseling, support and psychological counseling within a pluralistic team in the different institutions; from early childhood to adulthood.
2. Graduates will make careers in the field of psychological practice in clinical and scholarly domains, in specialized rehabilitation and training centers, in hospitals or in prison centers for youths and adolescents.
3. Graduates will demonstrate the necessary skills to pursue a postgraduate course and excel in research.

Student Learning Outcomes

a. Students will define key concepts of the different domains of psychology, which constitute the basis of the bachelor’s degree and introduce the Master’s program.
b. Distinguish the different theoretical perspectives of social psychology, develop conceptual skills of communication and put into practice group functioning.
c. Rigorously adopt a methodological and statistical analysis of the scientific approach in psychology, which combines the epistemological, ethical, technological and static principles.
d. Recognize the foundations of the psychology of child, adolescent and adult development, and highlight the relative characteristics of each stage.
e. Correlate the basic notions of psychoanalysis and target the relationship between theory and analytical practice in clinical settings.
f. Examine the personality across the different theoretical and psychometric perspectives of psychology.
g. Delineate psychopathology existent from early childhood to adulthood.
h. Adopt the models and methods of consulting advice and guidance toward education, training and careers.
i. Analyze through cognition, biology and neurobiology, thepsyche and human behavior, normal and pathological in its environment.
j. Validate the clinical approach, maintenance procedures and clinical examination and the method of testing at the level of the child, adolescent and adult.
k. Put into practice the acquired knowledge and evaluate training.
l. Put into practice the fundamental concepts of ergonomics while placing them as priority work­health and work­time relations and analyzing sociologically the institutional environment.
m. Develop psychological management of management issues, developments of labor and their consequences.
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