Minor in Applications of Psychology and Leadership

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Having good people skills is essential in almost every career. Thankfully, these are skills you can develop.

Prepare yourself for a dynamic career working with people! The first interdisciplinary program of its kind in BC, this 9-unit minor program is designed to prepare you for a successful career working with people from all walks of life. You will study developmental processes, human diversity and foundational frameworks that can be applied in many careers. You’ll practice building interpersonal and leadership skills like awareness of social diversity and active listening.

This program is designed to complement any UVic undergraduate degree. It is ideal for students completing degrees in psychology, physical, recreation and health education, social work, child and youth care, and public health. It is an excellent choice for those wanting to complete prerequisites for graduate work in counselling psychology, special education and educational psychology.

Relevant career paths

  • Senior manager — health, education, social and community services
  • Occupational therapist
  • Social worker
  • Human resources manager
  • College and other vocational instructor

Skill development areas

Social perceptiveness; judgement and decision making; complex problem solving; perspectives on culture, diversity and inclusion; active listening; public speaking; and critical thinking.


  • 1.5 required units of foundational knowledge
  • 1.5 required units of Indigenous perspectives and decolonization
  • 6.0 elective units spanning communication and human services; perspectives on diversity, equity and inclusion; and special topics in applications of psychology and leadership

See a full list of the courses you can take in the Academic calendar

Ready to declare your minor?

Students must declare the minor through the Advising Centres of their own faculties.


Contact the EPLS program advisers if you have questions about the minor.