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The psychology departmental honors major offers an opportunity for motivated and capable students to engage in more extensive interaction with faculty and to complete challenging research projects that will further their personal and professional goals.
Application to the major: To be accepted to the program, the student must have a cumulative and major/program grade point average of 3.50, and have completed PSYC 1200, PSYC 2050, PSYC 3030, and PSYC 3050 before the fall of the senior year. Interested students should apply to the department Honors Director in the spring of the junior year. Upon acceptance, they must submit a Change of Major, Degree or Specialization form to the Office of the Registrar.
Completion of the major: During their senior year, departmental honors students will take the departmental honors sequence (PSYC 4770-fall of senior year; PSYC 4780-winter of senior year; and PSYC 4790-spring of senior year). Students in the departmental honors program complete these 10 credits of course work in addition to those required of all psychology majors (for a total of 75 credits in psychology for BA students, and 80 credits for BS students) and complete a major project or thesis under the direction of the Honors Director. The format of the project/thesis may include, but is not limited to a published paper and/or acceptance and presentation of work at an approved conference. The project/thesis will also be presented at a departmental pro-seminar. In order to complete the requirements for departmental honors and receive a notation to that effect on their transcripts, students must also maintain a cumulative and major/program grade point average of 3.50, as well as receive a grade of A- or higher in PSYC 4770, PSYC 4780, and PSYC 4790.