In 1993 the Psychology Department began the Plymouth State’s first departmental honors program. This program allows a student to work one-to-one with a faculty member on an independent project of the student’s design. The program was instituted for those students who wished to do more than routine class work.
The Psychology Honors Program is especially beneficial to those students wishing to pursue graduate school in psychology. According to research on psychology graduate admissions (Lawson, 1995), research experience and letters of recommendation are the two most important criteria used by psychology graduate programs after grades and standardized scores are examined.
Gaining Admission to the Program
- 3.25 GPA after 60 credit hours
- Completion of Experimental Psychology (PS 3110 and PS 3120)
- Support of a faculty sponsor
- Assent of the Psychology faculty
Completing the Program
- Earn 6 credits of Independent Study and Independent Research (PS 4910 and PS 4940)
- (this is your Independent Project)
- Present the results of the Project in a poster session (PSU’s Undergraduate Research Conference). This conference is held the last day of classes during the Spring semester on the fourth floor of Hyde Hall.
- Submit a written paper describing the project to the Psychology Department by May 1 of your senior year.
- Gain approval from the Psychology faculty.
For more information, contact Dr. John Kulig, Director of the Honors Program.