As a Plymouth State psychology major you will engage in wide-ranging study of the mind, brain, and behavior, exploring why people act and think the way they do as you gain an extensive understanding of this fascinating field. You will be invited to work directly with professors in our on-campus research laboratories on emotion and relationships, learning, or psychophysiology. All are available for your classroom and personal projects, or your contributions as a research assistant for pay or course credit.
Our distinctive program will equip you with a rich and diverse portfolio of expertise. You’ll acquire advanced data interpretation skills, use sophisticated research and measurement techniques, and employ critical evaluation and interpersonal awareness abilities, among other proficiencies that lead to many career options.
This flexible, liberal arts program provides broad exposure to the history, theories, research methods, and practical applications of contemporary psychology, and you can combine these topics with your own special interests
The BA degree in Psychology emphasizes understanding of the science and study of behavior and mental processes.
Psychology Honors Program
The Psychology Honors Program allows students to develop a research project under the supervision of an individual faculty member. The faculty member will assist the student in the planning of the project, but the student takes responsibility for the design, data collection and analysis, and final paper summarizing the project. The Honors project can assist students wishing to pursue graduate work in psychology. Along with letters of recommendation, solid grade point average and Graduate Record Examination scores, participating in research is one of the best ways to stand out when applying for graduate school.
Criteria for Admission to The Program
- completion of 60 credit hours
- completion of the Psychology statistics and research methods requirements
- a 3.25 cumulative Psychology grade point average
- support of a faculty sponsor who will also serve as a supervisor for the research
- submission of an honors application to the Psychology department
- Approval of the honors application by the Psychology faculty.
Work to be Done During The Course of The Project
- Three credits of Independent Study (PS 4910) or four credits of Independent Research in Psychology (PS 4945) during which the student, under the supervision of the faculty sponsor, conducts a literature review and designs a research project, culminating in a detailed research proposal which is then submitted to the Psychology department. The research proposal will be formatted as an informal introduction and method sections of an APA research paper.
- After submitting the research proposal, the student will give a presentation to the Psychology faculty of their proposal, during which the faculty will provide feedback. The faculty, at this time, may request further work on the proposal.
- Upon approval of the research proposal by the faculty, the student then enrolls in four credits of Independent Research in Psychology (PS 4945), during which they collect data on their project, analyze the results, and complete an APA study research paper.
To Receive Psychology Honors on The Official PSU Transcript
- Submission of the final APA research paper to the Psychology faculty
- Presentation of the results at a department colloquium at least a week after submission of the final APA paper
- Preparation of a poster to be displayed at the end-of semester Psychology poster session
- Approval of the project by majority vote of the full time Psychology faculty.