Faculty of Arts

Psychology Honours

The Honours program provides an opportunity for academically successful and motivated students to develop their research, writing and analytical skills. Completion of an Honours program will strengthen a student's application to graduate schools and professional schools.

Honours Thesis in Psychology

Central to this course is an original research project conducted by students, to be completed under the direction of a faculty member in the department of Psychology.

Students accepted into the Psychology Honours program will be enrolled in PSYC 4990 for both the fall and winter semesters of their final academic year (typically their 4th or 5th year).

Students planning to apply to the Honours program must complete PSYC 3610: Research Methods and Statistics prior to enrolling in PSYC 4990.

Students typically apply to the Honours program in April / May of their 3rd or 4th year of study. A faculty member willing to supervise the student is required. Admission to the Honours program is competitive, thus, completion of the pre-requisites does not guarantee entry to the Honours program.

The Psychology Capstone course requirement for majoring in Psychology can be fulfilled through taking PSYC 4990.

Prerequisites for the Honours Program

  • Completion of 75 course credits, with 15 upper-level Psychology credits
  • Minimum grade of a 'B' in PSYC 1110, 1210, 2100, 2110, 3610
  • 3.33 GPA
  • Identification of a supervisor

Students who do not meet the above requirements may write an appeal to the Psychology Department Chair, who will present the appeal to the Honours Program Committee.

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate with an Honours degree, students must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 in all 3000 and 4000-level courses, with no psychology course below a B-.

Students need to complete the 120 credits required for a B.A. degree. A minimum of 54 credits must be at the upper-level (3000-4000); 36 of these credits must be in Psychology (including PSYC 3610 & PSYC 4990).

Honours professors

The following professors supervise honours students:

  • Dr. Catherine Ortner
  • Dr. Michael Woloszyn
  • Dr. Jenni Karl
  • Dr. Heather Price
  • Dr. Claudia Gonzalez
  • Dr. Patti Parker