Courses for Scholars Students


Information for Psychology Scholars

In the first year, Psychology Scholars will take a special version of PSY 195 in the Fall semester that will include general advising and schedule planning in Psychology, but also information about a variety of opportunities in the College and University and several research presentations by Psychology Department faculty.  You will also take PSY 215 and a core course as a group in the Spring semester.  In your second year, you will take a small section of PSY 216 and the three remaining core courses as a cohort.  These core courses will emphasize primary source reading, critical thinking skills, discussion, and writing.  In addition, you will have the opportunity for multiple research and/or service experiences.  The junior and senior years for scholars will emphasize research experiences, including the opportunity for some students to receive paid summer RAs.

This is an example of a course plan for Psychology Scholars:







PSY 100 (unless already completed)

Occasional meetings with 1st year Scholars

PSY 195 (1 credit)




The PSY 195 for Scholars will involve a combination of research presentations by faculty and advising.



PSY 215 (Methods)

PSY Core Course for Scholars

Both 215 and 216 courses will only for the students that are in the Scholars cohort.

The core courses will consist of the Scholars and will emphasize primary source reading, discussion, writing



PSY 216 (Statistics)

1 PSY Core Course for Scholars

PSY 395 (2 credits option)

PSY 395 will be a first exposure to research.



2 core courses

PSY 395 (2 credits)

Same model for the core courses and 395.




PSY 395 (3 credits)

The lecture/lab will not be a cohort experience; rather, students will be free to choose any available course.



Enhanced course

PSY 395


The “enhanced course” may be another lecture/lab, or a capstone, or an advanced course in a related discipline, or any other experience approved by the coordinator of the program




Opportunities for Summer Research Assistantship

Various opportunities will be sought out to provide funding for students that might be interested in staying involved in research over the summer.



PSY 495 (Honors thesis)




PSY 496 (Honors thesis)



Additional experiences:

  • Scholar students will have year-start and year-end social gatherings.
  • Throughout the year, students will be informed of relevant academic experiences (e.g., brown bags, colloquia; information sessions on graduate school preparation) and required to attend a minimum number of such experiences (e.g., 3 per semester)
  • Scholar students can meet with the program coordinator and a relevant faculty member before each registration period to review their planned course of study
  • Scholar students will be offered the opportunity to serve as “teaching aids” during their senior year
  • Scholar students will be encouraged to present authored posters and talks at professional conventions.  The department will provide funding to support travel to conferences
  • All students who successfully complete the program of study with a minimum GPA of 3.5 in their Psychology courses, and completed the 495/496 sequence will graduate with “Honors in Psychology.”
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