UNIVERSITY CATALOG: 2017-2018

Psychology, B.A. Honors Option

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/S, PSY 473AA-ZZ/S, PSY 475AA-ZZ/S, PSY 479AA-ZZ/S, PSY 485AA-ZZ/S, PSY 488AA-ZZ/S 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
Elective 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
    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
    7. PSY 591A Seminar in Cognition
    8. PSY 591B Seminar in Emotion and Motivation
    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.