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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 doing an honors project should first identify a faculty sponsor who may oversee their development of an independent project. The primary means by which students obtain advanced mentorship is by establishing a strong track record of research with a psychology professor. Accordingly, if you think you might want to apply to do an honors project, you are encouraged strongly to begin no later than your sophomore year to get involved with research, through mechanisms such as PSY 273, as described online at:
with specific laboratory opportunities listed online at:

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 Se minar.