Honors Program in Psychology

Students will find important general information about the Honors Program in the College Bulletin, section 7.5.

Course of study for Honors majors

I. The program for students majoring in psychology consists of three preparations for examination. Two of these are sequences of a course and a one-credit seminar. The third preparation is a two-credit thesis, carried out over two semesters, normally in the senior year. Except in unusual cases, work done in the honors program must be carried out at Swarthmore.

The psychology department offers examination in honors only in the following fields:

  • Behavioral Neuroscience

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Perception
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Social Psychology
  • Thinking, Judgment and Decision Making

II. In addition to the preparations for external examination, Honors majors in psychology are required to take

  • PSYC 001, Introduction to Psychology (or equivalent) is normally a prerequisite for all courses in psychology (see the note about presequites above)
  • and at least two core courses in addition to those included in their honors programs (thus meeting the core requirement in the major)

They are also required to take a course in statistics, STAT 011, and PSYC 025 Reseach Design and Analysis prior to the senior year.

Course of study for Honors minors

I. The program for students with an honors minor in psychology consists of one preparation for external examination. This preparation is a two-credit unit (a core course and its related one credit seminar), selected from the fields listed previously. In addition to their courses or seminar for honors preparation, minors are required to include Introduction to Psychology or Nature and Nurture and two other courses, at least one of which is a core course, in their programs, for a minimum of 5 credits in psychology.

Special Major in Honors

It is possible for a student to construct a special major in Honors involving psychology and another department or program. Special majors will consist of four preparations, one of which will constitute a two-credit thesis. Students should consult their advisors for guidance in devising an acceptable course of study.

NEUROSCIENCE: Information about an Honors Special Major in Neuroscience is available separately.

Honors Examinations

The usual form of examination is a three-hour written examination prepared by the external examiner and administered during the honors examination period of spring semester. This is followed, during the subsequent Examiners' Weekend, by a short oral examination with the examiner for each of a student's preparations. Submission of a written honors thesis replaces one written examination.

Preparation for Honors

  Semester(s) Offered
Field credit 2012-13 2013-14
Clinical Psychology
  Clinical course 038 1 F & S S
  + Clinical seminar 138 1 F F
Cognitive Neuroscience
  Cognitive Neuroscience 031 1 F F
  + Cognitive Neuroscience 131 1 S S
Cognitive Psychology
  Cognitive course 033 1 F F
  + Cognitive seminar 133 1 S  
Developmental Psychology
  Developmental Psych 039 1 F F
  + Devel. Psych. sem 139 1 S S
  Perception course 032 1 S  
  + Cognitive/ Perception sem. 132 / 133 1 S  
Physiological Psychology
  Physiological course 030 1 S S
  + Physiological Psych. sem. 130 1 S S
  Psychology of Language 034 1 F F
  + Psycholinguistics sem. 134 1 S S
Social Psychology
  Social Psychology 035 1 S S
  + Social Psychology sem. 135 1   F
Thinking, Judgment, & Decision Making
  Thinking, Judgment & Dec. Making 036 1 F F
  + Thinking, Judg. & Dec. Making sem. 136 1 S S