The Honors Program is an Emory College program intended to give a highly qualified group of students more extensive experience in conducting
behavioral research. Students with an overall average of at least 3.5 in the first three years and
with at least a 3.5 in the major subject will automatically be notified in the Spring of their junior
year that they may be eligible to participate, and will be invited to a meeting which will fully explain
During the senior year, each Honors student in Psychology conducts an independent research project.
In concert with a faculty advisor from the Psychology Department, the student collects and analyzes data, prepares an Honors thesis based
on the data, and defends the thesis in front of a committee of three faculty members. This committee
recommends Honors, High Honors, or Highest Honors to be granted to the student’s degree. During
Commencement weekend, Honors students will participate in a college-wide Honors ceremony.
Students must arrange to work with a faculty advisor before the beginning of their senior year.
Normally, an arrangement should be reached before the end of the student's junior year. Faculty members
almost always give preference to students whom they know - either from volunteer work in their
laboratory or from a small class. Students who think they may be eligible and interested in the
Honors Program are therefore encouraged to get to know a faculty member during their sophomore and
junior years. Volunteering in a professor's laboratory also assists students in making more informed
decisions about whether or not to participate in Honors.
Honors students must have completed the Statistics and Laboratory Methods classes by the end of
their junior year. In the fall of their senior year, Honors students enroll in Psychology 495A, and
receive 3 hours of credit for participating in this weekly class. In the spring, they may receive variable credit under Psyc 495BWR for continuing work on their Honors
students are also required to take a graduate level course in Psychology during their senior year.