Highly qualified students may apply to graduate with honors in the psychology major. To be eligible for admission, psychology majors must have completed at least 50 credits and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 and a minimum GPA of 3.40 in psychology courses.
If accepted, students must take a sequence of three courses (PSYC 490, 491, and 492), which cumulates in the successful completion and presentation of an independent honors thesis. To graduate with honors, students must earn a minimum grade 3.50 in each of the three honors courses and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 and a minimum GPA of 3.40 in psychology courses.
Fall Semester I: Applications accepted every year in late October.
Spring Semester I: Students accepted take PSYC 490 (3 credits, counts as upper-level psychology elective):
PSYC 490: Designed to provide an overview of opportunities within psychology. The format includes presentations by faculty on their research, laboratory visits, and interactive discussions. Students select lines of research and faculty mentors of interest.
Fall Semester II: Students continue with PSYC 491 (3 credits, counts as upper-level psychology elective):
PSYC 491: Emphasizes advanced research methods and development of critical thinking skills. Students refine research projects and thesis.
Spring Semester II: Students conclude with PSYC 492 (3 credits, counts as upper-level psychology elective):
PSYC 492: Students finalize research projects and thesis under the guidance of their faculty committee.
What students say...
" Honors program = Best thing that I've ever done in my life."
- Amanda Koury ('06)