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Honors Program in Psychology

What does obtaining honors in psychology involve?

  • Completion of all university honors requirements, including:
    • one-hour honors seminars (3 in the first 4 semesters)
    • minimum GPA of 3.3 (3.5 in the field of honors)
  • Completion of Statistics (MAT 111) in the freshman (preferred) or sophomore year (at the latest)
  • Completion of Research Methods (PSY 301) and Advanced Experimental Psychology (PSY 302) in the sophomore (preferred) or junior year (at the latest)
  • Development of a novel research hypothesis (i.e., not previously conducted) that would make a contribution to the psychological literature
  • Selection of an honors committee, made up of the thesis advisor (who must be a full-time psychology faculty member) and two other members (one of whom must be a psychology faculty member)
  • Completion of a written project proposal outlining the study rationale, proposed method, and hypothesized results
  • Completion of an oral defense of the proposed research (attended by the honors committee)
  • Submission and acceptance of the research by the Oglethorpe Internal Review Board (IRB)
  • Data collection
  • Data analysis using SPSS
  • A final thesis paper outlining the background literature, study rationale, method, results, and discussion
  • Completion of an oral defense of the completed research (attended by the honors committee)

Timeline for Honors in Psychology

JUNIOR YEAR SENIOR YEAR
Fall Fall
  • Collect data
Spring Spring
  • Identify committee members
  • Write full project proposal
  • Submit to IRB
  • Prepare materials
  • Finish data collection
  • Analyze data
  • Write final thesis paper
  • Complete oral defense of research

PLEASE NOTE: The psychology department will attempt to accommodate as many honors students as possible, but there is no guarantee that all requests for honors supervision will be accommodated. There is a limit to how many honors projects a professor can supervise while still maintaining a high level of integrity and quality.

 

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