The Honors Program is designed for the Psychology major who is considering graduate-level training, and wants additional exposure to the research process. Application for admission to the Program must be made at least 30 days before the semester in which the applicant wishes to enter, typically the second semester of the junior year. A minimum GPA of 3.3 is required for admission. Prerequisite courses include PSY 311 and PSY 412.
Completion of the Program gives students a competitive edge when applying for graduate-level training. Many applicants to graduate school in Psychology have high GPAs, however graduation with honors in Psychology reflects student independence, commitment to the field, and expertise in a specialized area. In addition, many previous honors students have presented their research at regional and national research conferences, and the possibility exists for research publication. As a result of the close interaction students have with faculty, honors students typically receive letters of recommendation which reflect their various achievements.
PSY 495: HONORS SEMINAR. During the second semester of their junior year, students enroll in PSY 495: Honors Seminar during which time students become familiar with current faculty research, gain advanced research skill, and design a research project under faculty mentorship. In addition, as a result of its small enrollment, students have the opportunity to engage in in-depth discussion with faculty about their career paths, and the details of their research. One goal of this enriched interaction, as well as other exercises built into the Seminar, is that students sharpen important intellectual skills such as critical thinking and problem solving. Development in these areas is important for graduate-level, and career advancement.
PSY 497: SENIOR PROJECT. Research proposed during PSY 495: Honors Seminar is conducted during each semester of the senior year while students are enrolled in PSY 497: Senior Project. The Honors Thesis results from this research. The successful completion of the requirements for the Program leads to recommendation by the departmental Honors Committee for graduation with honors in Psychology. Achievement of this goal is indicated on the student’s transcript.
Dr. Andrew B. Slifkin, Director