Undergraduate Program

Honors

Applied Psychology students with a record of exceptional achievement are welcome to apply to our Honors Program.  Seniors accepted to the program are required to conduct an independent research project on a topic of their choice under the close mentorship of an Applied Psychology faculty member.

In many cases, the Honors project will be part of a larger project being worked on by a research mentor and his/her team. Conversely, a student might also develop an original small-scale research project to conduct under the supervision of their research mentor. Students who are accepted into the Honors program will have the opportunity to submit their project for review and presentation to the annual Undergraduate Research Conference held late in Spring semester.

Please note: Once a student has been accepted into the Honors Program, and they have confirmed their intention to join the program, the student must continue with the program until the end of that semester.

Criteria for Acceptance

Each student's application will be evaluated by three blind reviewers, faculty members, who rate the application on the following areas, from a scale of one to five (5 being the best score):

  • Quality of proposed project
  • Feasibility of proposed project
  • Relevance to the field of Applied Psychology
  • Student's academic record
  • Evidence of a solid relationship with the research mentor
  • Evidence of mentor's commitment to the project

The average of the three scores is calculated to compute the applicant's overall score. If the overall score is from a:

4.0 to 5: Student is accepted into the Honors Program
3.0 to 3.9: Student is invited to revise and resubmit
1 to 2.9: Student is not accepted the Honor Program

Graduating with Honors

All students in the Honors Program are required to take a two-semester Honors seminar. This seminar must be taken in the Fall and Spring semesters of the Senior year.

To graduate with Honors, students must have a cumulative and major GPA of at least a 3.65 at the time of graduation, as well as an A in both Honors seminars and at least an A- in Seminar in Applied Psychology I and II.