Honors Requirements

Honors Program

The Psychology Department is proud to offer Honors in Psychology to students with excellent academic records who seek additional intellectual stimulation, advanced study, and challenge in the discipline of psychology. Our honors program enables students to participate in novel seminars that are not available in the general curriculum and to pursue rigorous research opportunities that are similar to those offered in graduate or professional schools. Student gain a greater skill set and depth of understanding of the discipline while working in close contact with committed faculty.

The enhanced experiences available through Honors in Psychology increase the likelihood of acceptance in competitive graduate programs in experimental and clinical psychology, counseling, organizational psychology, neuroscience, social work, and post-graduate work in medicine and law.

For more general information about the UNCG Honors Program, please refer to the Honors Program web site.


At least 12 s.h. in psychology courses with a grade of B or higher, including:

  • PSY 493 and HSS 490. PSY 493 is offered only in the spring, and must be taken before HSS 490.
  • Six credits from the following list:
    • PSY 401: Academic Writing in Psychology
    • PSY 410:  Intermediate Psychological Statistics
    • PSY 495: Senior Honors Seminar (may be repeated for credit)
    • PSY 515:  History and Systems of Psychology
    • PSY 519:  Special Topics in Psychology (may be repeated for credit)


  • 3.30 or greater cumulative GPA at graduation
  • 3.30 or greater GPA in Psychology
  • A declared Psychology Major


The designation “Completed Disciplinary Honors in Psychology” and the title of the Senior Honors Project will be printed on the student’s official transcript.

Senior Year

A Senior Thesis is the crowning achievement of your undergraduate career. It represents an independent research project developed by you in consultation with a faculty member. It differs from an independent study in being your original work, designed, developed and conducted by you, with advice and guidance from your faculty supervisor. It is very similar to a Master’s Thesis.

If you have questions about Honors in Psychology, please contact the Psychology Department Honors Advisor:

Dr. Paul Silvia
(336) 256-0007

You are advised to meet with Dr. Silvia in person.