Capstone Honors Research

PSY-B 499


B305, B311, at least two 300-level PSY foundation courses, and consent of instructor


Independent readings and research resulting in a research paper. Students apply in April for the following academic year.

The Capstone Honors Research option is intended to serve advanced students who desire to work closely with a faculty member on an individual research project that will culminate in an honors thesis that fulfills the capstone graduation requirement. In the course of this year-long experience, you will learn how psychological research is conducted from start to finish, you will develop a close relationship with a faculty mentor who can serve as one of your primary references for future letters of recommendation, and you will hopefully develop friendships with a small group of about 10-12 psychology majors who share similar interests in psychological science.  Completing a research project and writing an honors thesis typically requires a commitment of approximately10 hours per week for an academic year. The honors research project should be one in which you, as a student, contribute to the development of the idea and the methodology. Before participating, you must complete Statistics (PSY-B305) and Research Methods in Psychology (PSY-B311) and a core course related to your area of interest (e.g., B320 if you wish to pursue an honors thesis in behavioral neuroscience; B370 if you wish to pursue an honors thesis in social psychology). You must maintain an overall GPA of 3.3, with 3.5 GPA in Honors and Psychology courses.

This course fulfills the "R" requirement of the RISE Challenge.  For more information, please review the following documents: