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The Honors Program is an Emory College program that gives a group of highly qualified students more extensive experience in conducting behavioral research.

Notification about Honors Program

Students with an overall average of at least 3.5 in the first three years and at least 3.5 in the major subject will be automatically notified in the spring of their junior year that they may be suitable to participate in the Honors program. These students will be invited to a meeting that fully explains the Honors program.

Building Your Eligibility

Students who think they may be eligible and interested in the Honors Program are encouraged to get to know a faculty member during their sophomore and junior years. Faculty members usually give preference to students whom they know—either from volunteer work in their laboratory or from a small class. Volunteering in a professor's laboratory also assists students with making informed decisions about whether to participate in Honors.

Becoming Fully Eligible

To be fully eligible for the Honors program, students must arrange to work with a faculty advisor before the beginning of their senior year. Normally, this arrangement should be reached before the end of the student's junior year.

Honors Requirements

By the end of junior year

  • Agree on a work arrangement for Senior year with a faculty advisor
  • Complete Statistics and Laboratory Methods classes

Senior year

  • 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 if Honors, High Honors, or Highest Honors is to be granted to the student’s degree.
  • 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 of their senior year, Honors students may receive variable credit under Psychology 495BWR for continuing work on their Honors project
  • Honors students are required to take a graduate level course in Psychology
  • During Commencement weekend, Honors students participate in a college-wide Honors ceremony.