Questions and Answers about Psychology Scholars


Questions and Answers about the PSY Scholars

Who is eligible? 

Students are typically recruited as incoming freshman.  Students that plan on majoring in Psychology and have a high school unweighted GPA of 3.5 and ACT score of 28 or above are invited to apply.  In addition, undergraduates who excel during their first year in the department may be invited to apply.

What are the advantages of being a Scholar?

Psychology Scholars receive a variety of unique academic opportunities including smaller more intensive sections of the standard required classes.  This allows for more interaction with faculty and other students.  There is also an opportunity for getting involved in research with departmental faculty as early as the sophomore year.  Psychology Scholars will also have unique academic privileges including earlier priority for class registration, opportunities to present their data at local, regional or national meetings and the possibility of enrolling in advanced seminars. 

Are there additional course requirements? 

While there are additional research opportunities, there are no additional course requirements.  The majority of scholars courses are taken during the first 2 years at UK and these are similar to those required for all majors although they are taught in smaller sections with a greater emphasis on discussion, interaction and writing. 

The only additional course is the PSY 495/496 Honors thesis – in which students conduct a research project with a faculty member during their senior year.


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