Department of Psychology

Honors Program

The Psychology Honors Program provides students an opportunity to enrich their undergraduate education with an intensive program of independent study and research. The focus of the program is on psychological research and it is especially valuable for students who plan to pursue graduate education. Students work individually with a faculty member, their thesis advisor, on state-of-the-art research which could be of such merit that it will be submitted to a scientific journal for publication. Students will be active participants in all aspects of the research, including conception, design, implementation, analysis, and writing. Honors students must complete a written honors thesis and must orally present and defend their research in the honors seminar.

View past Honors students' projects.

Honors Designations

Students who successfully complete all program requirements earn the designation of "Psychology Honors Scholar." Students who also complete the university honors requirements earn the designation of “University Honors Scholar.” These designations are indicated on transcripts.

Admission Requirements

Students must satisfy the following requirements for admission to the honors program.

  • A student must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2 on all work including all transfer credit.
  • A student must have earned at least 50 semester-hours. Entry should be as early as possible as soon as this requirement has been met. Completion of the program requires at least three full academic year semesters with the final term being a spring semester before you graduate.
  • A student must have successfully completed PSY 3010 and 3020. Only in exceptional cases, and with thesis advisor's and honors program director’s approval, will a student be admitted before PSY 3010 and 3020 has been completed.
  • A student must obtain an honors program faculty member who agrees to supervise the student's thesis. Only full-time regular tenured or tenure-track Psychology faculty may supervise honors theses. See the list on page 5 of Honors Program Application Form. Exceptions must be approved by the Departmental Honors Program Director.

Psychology Honors Program Application Form (PDF)

Application to the Psychology Honors Program is also available in the Psychology Department, 335 Fawcett.