Graduating with Honors in Psychology

Majors with at least a 3.5 GPA in all upper division coursework (i.e., courses taken beginning in the semester after you have earned 60 semester credits) can graduate with College Honors. High Honors or Highest Honors can only be earned through completion of a satisfactory senior thesis. For more information on senior theses, visit the psychology advising website, Students must take PSY 4970 (Senior Thesis) in the semester that they plan to defend the thesis.

Psi Chi

The Psychology Club is affiliated with the International Honor Society in Psychology, Psi Chi. The current qualifications require that a student be in the top 15% of his or her class as determined by the Registrar and have taken eight or more hours of psychology. Activities of the National Psi Chi include a quarterly newsletter, sponsoring of student research projects and papers, and presentation of programs at regional and national conventions.

Phi Beta Kappa

Students with overall GPAs (including transfer grades) above a 3.5 may qualify for admission to Phi Beta Kappa, the national academic honor society. A college-level committee screens all such students in the fall and spring semesters. In addition to the GPA, a minimum of 34 semester hours is required in coursework outside of your major discipline (which for psychology students is Social and Behavioral Sciences). Details on which courses are included in this spread requirement are available through the campus chapter secretary of Phi Beta Kappa.