Honors Program

Requirements for Graduation with Honors in Psychology

Both the four-year and the Departmental Honors Program in Psychology provide undergraduate students with an opportunity to formally participate in scholarly psychology activities. Honors candidates carry out independent study and research under the guidance of the psychology faculty and participate in special honors classes, seminars, and colloquia. In addition to satisfying the general college honors requirements, honors candidates in psychology are required to complete and orally defend an honors thesis based upon the independent study carried out in PSYC 399VH. In order to successfully complete the required thesis, students should choose an honors adviser as early as possible. An adviser should be selected, and an Honors Agreement completed, no later than the first semester in a student’s junior year. Students must register for, and complete, a minimum of 6 hours of PSYC 399VH. PSYC 399VH may be taken for 1 to 6 hours of credit each semester and repeated for a maximum of 12 hours. Nine hours are ordinarily needed to complete the research project and to prepare the honors thesis.

Honors candidates in psychology are encouraged to enroll in as many honors classes, seminars, and colloquia as possible, or as required by the honors program in which they are enrolled. Students graduating with honors typically graduate cum Laude. Higher degree distinctions (Magna cum Laude, Summa cum Laude) are awarded by the Honors Council, recommended only in truly exceptional cases, and are based upon the whole of the candidate’s program of honors studies.