Honors Program in Psychology

The Honors Program in Psychology is designed to afford qualified majors the opportunity to participate in activities preparatory for graduate training. The two year program is research oriented and involves interactions with selected faculty and peers in an enriched and accelerated academic environment. Completion of the program will be contingent upon the submission of an independently conducted research project equivalent in quality to a master’s thesis.

Admission to the Honors Program

Psychology majors who are in the second semester of their sophomore year may apply for admission to the Psychology Departmental Honors program. Applicants must have completed, by the end of the spring semester of their sophomore year, nine hours of course work in psychology (including PY 101, PY 211, and a 300-level course). A completed application and an interview by a member of the Departmental Honors Committee is required before acceptance. To be accepted, a student must have a minimum of a 3.5 GPA in psychology coursework and a 3.3 average overall. Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. PY 355 & PY 356 must be completed prior to or during the first semester of the program.

Application for Admission to the Psychology Honors Program

Program Components

Requirements for the awarding of the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree with honors in psychology are as follows:

  • Completion of all requirements for the psychology major and Arts and Sciences Core Curriculum
  • Junior Honors Seminar (fall PY 378, & spring PY 379, PY 451): 7 credit hours.
    • PY 378: Students are exposed to research methodology and research programs within the Department of Psychology.
    • PY 379: Students prepare a research proposal under the guidance of a research supervisor.
    • PY 451: Independent research with faculty supervisor.
  • Senior Honors Research Project (fall PY 478, PY 451, & spring PY 479, PY 451): 8 credit hours.
    • PY 478 and PY 479 consist of research work with a selected faculty member on an approved project. The student must write and defend the honors thesis to receive credit for PY 479.
    • PY 451: Independent research with faculty supervisor.

Note: PY 378 may count towards the major as a 300 level elective course. PY 379 may count toward the department requirement of PY 491.

Typical Sequence

Freshman year: PY 101, PY 211

Sophomore year: PY 355, PY 356, one of PY 352, PY 358, PY 372

Junior year: PY 378, PY 379, one of PY 352, PY 358, PY 372, PY 451, PY 413

Senior year: PY 478, PY 479, PY 451, PY 491, one of PY 413, PY 461, PY 470.

Awards

Outstanding Major in Psychology Award

Students must meet the following criteria to be eligible for this award:

  • Senior undergraduate student
  • Psychology major
  • Academic excellence (award requires a GPA of 3.5 or higher)
  • Superior achievement in research, teaching, and/or community service

Faculty wishing to nominate a student should ask the student to prepare a vita and a brief statement describing their participation in research, teaching, and/or community service activities. A description of career goals should also be included. The nominating faculty member should write a brief letter of support to accompany the student’s application. The award recipient will be chosen by the undergraduate committee.

The recipient will receive the award and a gift certificate to the SupeStore during University Honors Week.

Andy Reaves Memorial Award

This award was created to identify outstanding minority undergraduate students who show promise towards making a significant contribution to the field of psychology or related social science disciplines. Andy Reaves was known for his commitment towards teaching, research, and community service. Thus, preference will be given to students who have demonstrated excellence in more than one of these areas. Students must meet the following criteria to be eligible for this award:

  • Junior or senior minority undergraduate student (preference given to seniors)
  • Psychology major
  • Excellence in community service, research, and/or teaching (priority given to students excelling in more than one area)
  • Academic achievement (award requires a GPA of 3.0 or higher)

Faculty wishing to nominate a student should ask the student to prepare a vita and a brief statement describing their participation in community service, research, and/or teaching activities. A description of career goals should also be included. The nominating faculty member should write a brief letter of support to accompany the student’s application. The award recipient will be chosen by the undergraduate committee.

Psi Chi

Psi Chi is the National Honor Society for Psychology. The University of Alabama has an active chapter in the national society. Requirements for membership include the following:

  • Completion of at least 3 semesters of college coursework.
  • Completion of 9 hours of coursework in Psychology.
  • Registration of Major or Minor in Psychology or related discipline.
  • Minimum Overall GPA of 3.3.  (based on top 35% ranking)
  • Minimum Psychology GPA of 3.3.
  • Two-thirds affirmative vote by chapter members.

Psi Chi also organizes a number of activities that non-members may attend such as discussions about careers in psychology and preparing an application for graduate study in psychology and related areas.

The application can be found at psichi.org under The University of Alabama.

Please visit tinyurl.com/uapsychclub for more information.

2017-2018 Officers

President – Alayna Watson

Vice President – Alexis Winbourne

Events Coordinator – Helmi Henkin

Public Relations – Mary Elizabeth Newman

Psych Club Liaison – Kylie Hopkins

Student-Faculty Liaison – Ilia Nazario