Honors Program

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The Psychology Department's Undergraduate Honors Program is a three semester pattern of seminar courses and independent research (PSYC 494 - Advanced Research) designed to offer undergraduates an opportunity to do sustained scholarly work on a specific research project, culminating in the preparation of an undergraduate Bachelor's Thesis.

The program is primarily designed for students with a Psychology research and scholarly orientation. It is of less educational relevance to those students who have a professional or service orientation toward psychology.

The three-semester honors program begins with a literature review project in the Spring semester of the junior year and culminates with a Bachelor's Thesis and poster presentation in the Spring semester of the senior year.


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11:59 pm, November 15, 2023


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Admission Requirements

Minimum academic requirements for admission into the junior year portion of the program are:

  • Minimum 2nd semester junior standing.
  • A grade point average of 3.5 in both psychology and overall at the University of Illinois at the time of application. Exceptions may be granted at the direction of the program director.
  • Completion of an introductory course in Psychology, statistics, and at least two other courses in Psychology.
  • Completion of at least one of the Department's research methods/laboratory courses. It is strongly recommended that this requirement is satisfied prior to the start of the program.


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