Honors in the Major

Honors are granted to graduating seniors who demonstrate excellence in developing and conducting empirical research. Candidates for honors must earn a GPA of at least 3.5 in courses taken in Psychology and 3.25 in all other courses taken at the College by the beginning of the Senior year. Students wishing to stand for departmental Honors typically begin during the junior year to develop plans in consultation with one or more faculty members. They must earn at least one credit for independent study and/or independent research during each semester of the Senior year, under the supervision of an Honors Committee, and their work must be endorsed for honors on behalf of the department and presented publicly no later than the week of final exams.  
Honors are granted to graduating seniors who fulfill these requirements:

  1. By the beginning of the Senior year, the student must earn a GPA of at least 3.5 in courses taken in Psychology and 3.25 in all other courses taken at the College.
  2. By no later than one week following Roll Call during the student's first semester of the senior year, the student must form an Honors Committee composed of three psychology faculty. Additional faculty from within or outside the psychology department may also serve on the committee. The committee oversees the project and approves the project proposal. The proposal must include a plan to earn one credit for independent study (PSY500) or independent research (PSY550) during each semester of the Senior year. A typical sequence is to enroll in PSY500 or PSY550 in the fall semester and PSY550 in the spring semester. The title of the PSY500/550 course should describe the project and should not include the word "honors."
  3. In approving the proposal, the student's Honors Committee is expressing the view that a successfully completed project will demonstrate the student's excellence in developing and conducting empirical research on the selected topic.
  4. Before initiating the second semester of the Honors project, present a progress report to the Honors Committee and receive its approval to proceed.
  5. Make copies of the final project report available to Psychology faculty at least one week before the scheduled date for the public presentation to the department.
  6. During the week of Final Exams, make an oral project presentation, including a question-and-answer period. The Chair of the Honors Committee schedules the presentation in consultation with the psychology faculty.
  7. Receive a favorable vote from the Honors committee for the written and oral presentations of the project.
  8. Deposit before Commencement a final copy of the project report with the Library.