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Honors Program

The Psychology honors program features:  

1) a faculty mentor and  
2) collaborative research with faculty which results in a senior thesis.  

Students who are interested in the honors program should first identify a faculty sponsor before beginning the application process. Interested students should start contacting possible faculty sponsors in their sophomore year in preparation for applying to the program. 

Students are encouraged to apply for acceptance to the honors program by the first week of November during their junior year at Stony Brook.  The honors program application is available online at The latest point at which students may enroll in the honors program is three semesters prior to graduation.  To be eligible for the honors program, a student must have a cumulative g.p.a. of 3.20 or higher and a g.p.a. of 3.50 or higher in courses required for the Psychology major. A student whose cumulative grade point average falls below 3.00 may be dropped from the honors program.  

Conferral of honors in Psychology requires the following:

  1. A cumulative g.p.a. of 3.00 and a 3.50 g.p.a. in psychology.
  2. Successful completion of a senior thesis while enrolled in   PSY 495  and 496

The Psychology honors program is followed for three semesters. During the spring of their junior year, students enroll in   PSY 399  Junior Honors Seminar; during the senior year they enroll in   PSY 495  (first semester) and 496 (second semester) Senior Honors Seminar.