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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of Psychology

Additional Opportunities

Departmental Distinction

Our Distinction Program will train you to conduct scholarly research. It is especially beneficial if you plan to pursue advanced training in graduate or professional schools.

  • The program meets the requirements for distinction in psychology for students in the University Honors Program.
  • You are not required to be in the University Honors Program to join the psychology distinction program.
  • Your transcript will indicate that you have earned departmental honors if you complete this program, indicating that you have excelled in psychology.

Junior year: Junior Honors Research Seminar during winter (PSYC 2751) and spring (2752)

In these courses, you'll learn research methods and skills that will help you communicate your findings. You'll also work in department labs to conduct research projects.

Senior year: Three quarters of Senior Honors Research Seminar (PSYC 3150, 3151, 3152) and completion of a senior research thesis

You will complete an empirical senior honors thesis by working with a Department of Psychology faculty member. If you satisfactorily complete an honors thesis, you will receive departmental distinction, which will be noted in the Commencement program and on your transcript.

Credits taken for these courses do not count toward the 60-credit maximum for the psychology BA.


This program is highly selective. You must have a strong academic record, an interest in research and complete a screening interview with the instructor of the Junior Honors Research Seminar.

For more information about the program and the application process, please see an academic adviser.