Honors Program



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Departments may offer “Honors in the Major” upon graduation to students who complete specific requirements.  Students who have completed 64 credits and have at least a 3.0 or better overall cumulative GPA and a cumulative GPA of 3.5 in the major may apply to the department chair for admission to its honors track.  The department faculty must approve the selection of honors students.

Although the requirements may vary by department, all students must complete at least eight credits of research and writing over two semesters, produce a thesis and defend that thesis before a committee of faculty.  The thesis work may be completed under the course numbers 391-392 or in a set of other courses as determined by each department.  To receive “Honors in the Major”, a student must earn an A or A- for the research courses.


The Honors program in psychology requires completion and defense of a thesis that is proposed in Psychology 375: Advanced Research I and executed in Psychology 376: Advanced Research II. A grade of at least A- in each course is required for a student to receive honors in psychology.  In addition, the thesis must be defended before a committee of faculty who must decide that the student is worthy of the distinction of Honors in Psychology.