Departmental Honors

Honors work in Psychological Sciences provides the opportunity for well qualified students to complete their undergraduate education by engaging in individual research. Admission to the program is restricted to those who, in the opinion of the Psychological Sciences Department, have sufficient preparation, ability, and motivation to complete the program successfully. Prospective honors students should discuss their application for senior honors with a prospective advisor in the spring semester of their junior year, prior to registration for fall courses. 

For official application and guidelines on honors study in all departments, see the Charles Center website. You can also visit the Charles Center's archive of Psychological Sciences Honors projects.

Psychology Honors Application Process
In the spring of their junior year, prospective honors students should:
  1. Meet with prospective advisor to discuss your research ideas.
  2. Complete Application for Admission to Honors Study. Advisor must sign application.
  3. Meet with department chair to have application signed.
  4. Submit application to the Charles Center.
  5. Upon approval, student will automatically be registered by the Charles Center.

The Application for Admission to Honors Study must be submitted online and a confirmation email will have the filled pdf attached. Print a copy to be signed by the applicant, the Honors advisor and the department Chair or program Director – you’ll also fill in your GPA and Banner information by hand. Then turn it in to the Charles Center / upload to the Honors Fellowship site upon completion.

Keep in mind that the 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 the form with that application, due by noon on February 28, 2017.

 If you have any questions about the form, please contact Jabria Craft (

Psychology Binding Policy
In addition to the Swem Archive copy, student must also submit an unbound acid-free copy of their honor's thesis to the Psychology Department Office. The Psychology Department will pay for the binding of the department copy.