The Honors Program in Psychology involves a two-semester thesis project:
This thesis project provides students with an opportunity to do research that is similar to what they may encounter in graduate school. Over the course of two semesters, students conduct a literature search around a topic, develop a research proposal, design a study and collect data, conduct data analyses, and write up the findings and their implications in a research thesis.
During the first semester (PSYC 4690 ), students conduct a literature review and design a study to form a research proposal. At the end of the first semester, there is a formal defense of the research proposal before a committee of faculty members and peers.
During the second semester (PSYC 4691 ), students conduct the research proposed in their research proposal-they collect and analyze their data, write up the findings and their implications, and combine this information with their research proposal to create their final research thesis. At the end of the second semester, there is a formal defense of the research thesis before a committee of faculty members and peers.
Following successful completion of the honors course series and maintenance of the required GPA, the honors notation will appear on a student’s official transcript.