The Department of Psychology at The Ohio State University is one of the largest departments in the College of the Arts and Sciences. First established in 1907, its faculty has grown to encompass some of the most eminent researchers across many areas: social psychology, clinical psychology, decision sciences, cognitive-developmental psychology, behavioral/social/clinical neuroscience, quantitative psychology, cognitive psychology, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and health psychology.

In the Department of Psychology, Honors students can take challenging honors courses, providing the opportunity to interact with faculty in a more intimate classroom setting, as well as participate in research experiences, working alongside some of the field’s leading researchers and scholars. Honors students work closely with their Psychology Honors Advisor to craft a curriculum of challenging courses, research experiences, internships, and extra-curricular involvement, relevant to their academic and career goals.

Honors Tracks

Students may participate in the Arts and Sciences Honors Program by completing a program of study leading to the designation “With Honors in the Arts and Sciences”. Students may also choose to earn the designation "With Honors Research Distinction in Psychology." Some students may choose to satisfy the requirements for both Honors tracks.

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A student must have an overall GPA of 3.4 and complete an Honors Curriculum Contract. An Honors Contract includes more rigorous and challenging courses (i.e., upper-level and Honors courses rather than introductory-level courses), usually a minor, and often times a second major. The contract is developed with an Honors advisor from the Colleges of Arts and Sciences and the Psychology Honors Advisor. This contract can be tailored to reflect individual interests and career plans. It is submitted during spring semester of a student's sophomore academic year.

To graduate "With Honors Research Distinction in Psychology

Honors Courses

The Department of Psychology is committed to offering Honors students both Honors sections of regular courses and specific Honors courses. Psychology Honors courses include:

Psychology 1100H: Introduction to Psychology
Psychology 2220H: Data Analysis in Psychology
Psychology 3310H: Sensation and Perception
Psychology 3313H: Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience
Psychology 3321H: Quantitative and Statistical Methods in Psychology
Psychology 3325H: Introduction to Social Psychology
Psychology 3331H: Abnormal Psychology
Psychology 3371H: Language and the Mind
Psychology 3550H: Psychology of Childhood
Psychology 3551H: Psychology of Adolescence
Psychology 4508H: Psychology of Judgment and Decision-Making
Psychology 5613H: Biological Psychiatry

To enroll in an Honors course, students should be in the Arts and Sciences Honors Program or have permission of the instructor. Students enrolled in Honors sections should expect more challenging and rigorous assignments, as well as stimulating class discussions. Sections are small to encourage greater interaction between faculty and students. 

Research Opportunities

Honors students in the Department of Psychology have many opportunities to participate in research at multiple levels. Students will be exposed to the research process across the various content areas within their psychology courses. All students are required to take Psychology 2300: Research in Psychology.  In addition, psychology students may elect to engage in Psychology 4998: Undergraduate Research in Psychology, under the supervision of a faculty member, and even design and implement their own research project via the Honors Thesis track. Independent study research enables students to test their interest in research and get to know faculty members who share those interests and is strongly recommended for students interested in pursuing graduate studies in psychology. Students may apply for a Psychology Conference Travel Scholarship to attend psychological conferences related to their research experiences.

The Psychology Department also encourages students to present their research findings. Every year, the Psychology Undergraduate Research Colloquium gives students the chance to observe and present research in a poster presentation session within the department. Many students also compete in the annual university-wide Denman Undergraduate Research Forum. Students may apply for a Psychology Conference Travel Scholarship to present their research at professional conferences such as the Midwestern Psychological Association annual conference. 


Further Information

We hope you will consider majoring in Psychology within the Arts and Sciences Honors Program at The Ohio State University. For further information, please visit the Arts and Sciences Honors Program.

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