James Madison University

Who should complete an Honors Thesis?

The Psychology Honors Thesis is not for everyone.  Generally, this experience is for students who have some experience working with faculty on research and who are ready to take a project to the next level, by conducting research of their own design.  We recommend that Psychology Majors have a research experience, but if you are looking for a first experience, choose Psyc 290 (Directed Studies) or Psyc 402 (Independent Study).  Only 10% of Psychology Majors complete an Honors Thesis, while over 60% attend graduate school within 5 years of graduation, so completing an Honors Thesis is not necessary for admission to graduate school.

The number of honors projects that can be supervised in Psychology are limited, and we cannot guarantee that all students will be able to find an project advisor.  To increase your chances of finding an honors project advisor, (1) work with faculty before it is time to begin your thesis and (2) develop thesis ideas that are within the range of the expertise and resources available to faculty.