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Departmental Honors

The Honors Program provides an opportunity to conduct an independent research project. This project will take place over an entire academic year under the supervision of a faculty advisor. It culminates in the completion of a thesis paper and an oral exam.

To qualify for the Honors program, you must have the preparation, ability, and motivation to complete the program. On a practical level, this means that you should have at least a 3.0 GPA by the end of your junior year, plus department approval.

The Charles Centers administers the Honors Program. You will use their application form and follow all their guidelines. You can also visit their archive of Psychological Sciences Honors projects.

Psychology Honors Application Process

In the spring of your junior year, you should:

  • Find a professor willing to serve as your honors advisor. This person could be, but does not have to be, your major advisor.
  • Complete the Charles Center's Application for Admission to Department Honors [pdf].
  • After you complete the on-line form, you will receive a confirmation email with an additional form. Your honors advisor must sign this application.
  • Meet with department chair to have application signed.
  • Submit the signed application to the Charles Center following the instructions in their email.
  • Upon approval, the Charles Center will register you into PSYC 495 (the first semester of Honors).

The signed application is due no later than noon on the first day of the semester the student intends to enroll in 495. Students applying for Honors Fellowships must submit both forms by noon on February 28, 2018.

If you have any questions about the form, please contact [[jrcraft,Jabria Craft]].

Thesis Submission
When you complete your Honors project, you must email a copy of your thesis to [[psycology, Psychological Sciences]]. You will also submit your thesis to Swem Library.