Psychology, B.A. (2015-2016 Archive)
Honors Option

Notice: The General Education requirements prescribed on this Road Map are based on the Plan R Required Pattern of Courses (GE catalog years 2006-2018). See General Education Plan R for more information.

All lower division GE completed. Lower division major requirements of General Psychology and Statistics completed as part of the AA-T in Psychology.

Transfer Year 1: First Semester

Course Units
PSY 250 (If not completed prior to transfer) 3
PSY 301 1
PSY 320/L 3/1
Cognitive Psych** One of the following: PSY 304, PSY 367, PSY 369, PSY 382 3
Social Psych** PSY 345 3
Total 14

Transfer Year 1: Second Semester

Course Units
PSY 321H/L (Honors Section) 3/1
PSY 492H 1
Clinical/Personality** One of the following: PSY 310, PSY 351, PSY 353, PSY 370, PSY 380 3
Developmental Psych** One of the following: PSY 313, PSY 327, PSY 335, PSY 361, PSY 365 3
GE Upper Division* 3
GE Upper Division* 3
Total 17

Transfer Year 2: First Semester

Course Units
Honors Capstone. An honors section of one of the following: PSY 471AA-ZZ/PSY 471AAS-ZZS, PSY 473AA-ZZ/S, PSY 475AA-ZZ/S, PSY 479AA-ZZ/PSY 479AAS-ZZS, PSY 485AA-ZZ/S, PSY 488AA-ZZ/PSY 488AAS-ZZS 3/2
GE Upper Division* 3
Electives 6
Total 14

Transfer Year 2: Second Semester

Course Units
Graduate Seminar Requirement 3
Upper Division PSY Elective 3
Electives 9
Total 15
Total units after transfer 60

*If needed, select GE Upper Division courses that also satisfy: (1) IC: Information Competence, (2) GE Comparative Cultural Studies, and/or (3) Title 5 requirements in American History and/or US/State/Local Government.

**The area requirements of Clinical/Personality Psych, Cognitive Psych, Developmental Psych, and Social Psych may be taken in any order, but should be completed within the first year at CSUN.

+Minimum of 42 units required in courses for the Psychology major. No more than 4 units of PSY 421 may be counted toward the major. No more than 6 units combined of PSY 498/PSY 499 may be counted toward the major.

To be eligible to apply for the Honors in Psychology program, a student must:

  1. Be a declared Psychology major.
  2. Have completed or be currently enrolled in PSY 320/L.
  3. Have a minimum 3.50 cumulative GPA at CSUN.
  4. Have a minimum 3.50 GPA in all upper division Psychology courses taken at CSUN (first-semester transfer students should report grades from their prior university/college).

If admitted, students in the Honors in Psychology program must:

  • Complete honors sections of the following courses with a B+ or better:
    • PSY 321H/L Research Methods in Psychology and Lab (3/1)
    • One of the Psychology Capstone courses (see list of capstone courses under “Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree”) (3/2)
  • Successfully complete PSY 492H Honors Professional Development (1)
  • Complete one of the following graduate-level courses with a B+ or better (note that enrollment in 500-level courses requires permission of the instructor):
    1. PSY 420/L Advanced Statistical Methods and Lab (3/1)
    2. PSY 593A and PSY 593B Community Research Seminar I and II (must complete both courses if choosing this option) (3+3)
    3. PSY 512 Seminar in Developmental Psychology (3)
    4. PSY 519 Seminar in Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)
    5. PSY 524/L Multivariate Statistical Methods and Lab (3/1)
    6. PSY 540 Seminar in Social Psychology (3)
    7. PSY 591A Seminar in Cognition (3)
    8. PSY 591B Seminar in Emotion and Motivation (3)
    9. PSY 592B Seminar in Research Methodology (3)
  • Maintain a portfolio of their honors assignments from the required courses above.
  • Present a project at the Department of Psychology’s Honors Forum. The project must be conducted under the supervision of a faculty member in Psychology and may be an empirical research project, a literature review project, or a community project.
  • Maintain a minimum 3.50 GPA in all of their upper-division Psychology coursework.