Departmental Honors in Psychology

The Department of Psychology recognizes exceptional undergraduate students by awarding them Departmental Honors in Psychology and noting the award on their permanent university transcript. To graduate with Departmental Honors, the student must complete the requirements for a BA or BS in Psychology and meet the additional requirements listed below. Students seeking Departmental Honors in Psychology should work with their Academic Advisor as early as possible to minimize the total number of credits needed to complete their BA or BS with Departmental Honors.

The Department of Psychology recognizes exceptional undergraduate students by awarding them departmental honors in psychology. To graduate with departmental honors, the student must be a declared psychology major and meet the following requirements:

  1. Satisfy all requirements for a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Psychology.
  2. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.50.
  3. Complete PSY A412.
  4. Complete PSY A420.
  5. Complete PSY A499. The thesis project must be approved in advance by the Undergraduate Studies Committee and carried out by following applicable departmental guidelines.
  6. Students intending to graduate with departmental honors must notify the Departmental Honors Committee in writing on or before the date they file their Application for Graduation with the Office of the Registrar.

Honors Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with departmental honors in psychology will possess:

  • An advanced understanding and application of descriptive and inferential statistics and use of statistical software in data analysis.
  • A broad knowledge of psychology’s historical foundation.
  • The ability to conduct a critical review and analysis of existing psychological literature.
  • The ability to design and execute empirical research that tests clearly stated hypotheses or addresses clearly articulated research questions.
  • A clear understanding of research ethics and the responsible conduct of research in the field of psychology.
  • The ability to communicate effectively in writing, in poster format, and in oral presentations, including mastery of APA style.
  • The ability to draw conclusions from research findings, including recognition of the limitations, applications, and implications of the data, and a discussion of alternative explanations of the results.