Psychology Honors Program

What is the Psychology Department Honors Program?

Students in the Honors Program work with a mentor doing independent research. There are many faculty members with research programs in areas such as psychology and law, violence and aggression, health risk behaviors, child language studies, moral development, gambling addiction, substance abuse, interpersonal and group relations, and various other topics. These faculty members are eager to work with you on an independent research project.

Successful completion of the Program will allow you to graduate with, “Honors in Psychology”, on your transcript. This will look good on your resume, or your application to graduate school! By successfully finishing this project, you will develop the skills for future employers to create and design your own project, work individually, work with supervision, manage assistant workers, collect data, use the computer to do statistics and analyze your findings, write a complete report, and give a formal presentation of your project. These are skills that both employers and graduate programs are looking for!

Admission Requirements

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Psychology GPA of 3.25.
  • No more than 89 credits when you begin.
  • Deadlines for proposals for Honors projects are October 1 in the Fall and March 1 in the Spring.

Completion Requirements

The proposal for an Honors project must begin in the Sophomore or Junior year. The proposal includes a literature review and the design of the study, in addition to application to the IRB. You will sign up for three credits of directed study during which time you complete the project in each of the two semesters following the semester in which you submitted your proposal. You must complete the project in one year, not including the semester in which you propose the project. During the time you work on the project your GPA must remain at the level of the Admissions Requirements.

Contact Dr. Beverly Goldfield for further Details
Horace Mann Hall 315
Phone: (401) 456-8015 or (401) 456-8813
Email: bgoldfield@ric.edu

Page last updated: September 22, 2011