Honors in the Major Program

The Department of Psychology and Counseling is proud to recognize qualifying undergraduate Psychology majors with the distinction of Honors in the Major. This program allows students to complete an independent research project under the supervision of a faculty advisor in the department.

UCA Description and Eligibility Requirements

Additional Departmental Information:

  • Student will complete and defend the project before graduation.
  • Student must give an oral presentation of both a proposal and a defense of the project to a committee of faculty (3-5 members) selected by the student and their proposal advisor.
  • Deadlines related to writing the paper, obtaining ethical approval, collecting data, proposing, and defending the project will be determined by the faculty advisor. Students should anticipate no less than one academic year (or 2 semesters) from development to completion. The typical sequence is as follows:
    • student develops one (or a few) ideas for a research project
    • student finds a faculty member who will serve as an advisor for the project
    • student notifies Ms. Veda Charlton of intent to enter the program
    • student enrolls in PSYC 4380 Independent Readings (optional) and develops a research proposal
    • student presents research proposal document and PowerPoint presentation to 3-5 selected faculty committee
    • student obtains ethical approval for the research project
    • student enrolls in PSYC 4382 Independent Research (optional) and conducts the study
    • student presents final research paper to their committee before the last week of classes the semester the student intends to graduate


Contact Ms. Veda Charlton for more information.