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August 20, 2012

Calgary – St. Mary's University College has received approval to launch a four-year bachelor of arts degree in psychology.

"This degree is an important milestone for St. Mary's University College," said Dr. Gerry Turcotte, college president. "It meets a huge demand from our students.

"The degree is timely, and the content of the program is outstanding. I'm very excited about this new development," Turcotte said in a press release from the college.

Approval for the program came from Alberta Advanced Education Minister Stephen Khan and it will be launched in September.

It will ground students in psychological research methods and expose them to the variety of ways in which human behaviour can be understood.

Graduates will be prepared to work in many fields such as mental health, research, politics, education and social work. Those who pursue further educational training would be able to work as psychologists, mediators and therapists.

St. Mary's will now have BA degree offerings in general studies, history, psychology and English. As well, the college offers two-year bachelor of education (elementary) degrees.

Dr. Alisa McArthur, assistant professor of psychology, said the college has received considerable support from students in developing the four-year psychology program.

The new program will mean even more opportunities for the college's students, she said.