Psychology Department
Independent Study

Independent Study/Honors Thesis Opportunities

Independent Study Facts for Psychology Students

Who

  • Motivated students who are looking for ways to expand their psychology education
  • Students looking to gain experience doing research
  • Students interested in graduate school

 What

  • Work with a faculty member on their research or conduct a self-generated project
  • Completed for 1-3 PSY 489 credits per semester
  • Students typically present their work at an undergraduate or national conference

 When

  • Research Methods must be completed before enrolling
  • Can be taken for credit over single or multiple semesters

  How

  • Must obtain approval of a faculty member
  • Faculty members tend to work with students with good GPAs who have especially shown potential in psychology courses
  • Sometimes faculty members approach students, but often students ask faculty members if they are looking for help with their research

 Where

  • Look at the Psychology Department faculty webpage to find out what type of research faculty members conduct

Honors Thesis Facts for Psychology Students

Who

  • Motivated students seeking to demonstrate excellence in their psychology education
  • Juniors who want to graduate with honors in psychology

 What

  • Design and complete a research study
  • Completed for HONR 400 credits, typically about 6
  • Students typically present their work at an undergraduate or national conference

 When

  • Completed over multiple semesters
  • Must get approval early – before senior year – because at least two semesters are needed

 How

  • Must obtain approval of a faculty member who will serve as the honors committee chair
  • Students will need to have shown outstanding potential in their courses, especially in Statistics, Research Methods, and any previous independent studies

 Where

  • More comprehensive information about doing a Psychology Honors Thesis can be found here (PDF)

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