Students who maintain an excellent academic record may wish to
pursue the Honors Major in Psychology. This option is an enhancement of
the standard major and requires, in addition to the minimum
requirements of the standard major, the following:
1. A cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.4 in all
psychology (830 subject index) courses including 6 credits of Honors
Research in Psychology.
2. An overall grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.
3. A minimum of 45 credits in psychology (830 subject index).
Students in the honors major are strongly encouraged to get involved in
research during their junior year.
4. At least nine of
the 3- or 4-credit courses counting toward the Honors Major must be
taken at Rutgers- New Brunswick/Piscataway (01:830).
5. Satisfactory completion of a special 1-credit Honors Research Seminar in Psychology* (01:830:490) normally completed during the fall term of the final year.
6. Successful completion of Honors Research in Psychology
(01:830:497) taken during each of the final two terms and full
participation in the departmental honors program. (As an alternative to
01: 830:497, students who are sponsored by departmental faculty and are
participating in the Mabel Smith Douglass Honors Program, the Paul
Robeson Scholars Project, the University College Honors Program, or the
Henry Rutgers Scholars Program may substitute 6 credits in these
courses for 01: 830:497 toward the 45-credit requirement for the honors
program in psychology.)
Upon successful completion of all of
these requirements and upon the recommendation of the Psychology
Department Honors Committee, the student will earn the B.A. with Honors
in Psychology and the transcript will designate the student as a
Research Scholar in Psychology.
The department also has an active chapter of Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology.
In addition to the general psychology major, students may have
particular interests for graduate school, or specialized aspects of
psychology such as: (1) Behavioral Neuroscience, (2) Clinical
Psychology, (3) Cognitive Psychology, (4) Developmental Psychology, (5)
Health Psychology, and (6) Social Psychology.
one of these special interests may wish to select their electives from
specific clusters within psychology and related programs. For
additional information, see our web site http://www.psychology.rutgers.edu.