Program Overview

The honours program gives you the opportunity to:

  1. Participate in a research apprenticeship program
    • The apprenticeship program will introduce you to the process of conducting research in a specific area of psychology. In collaboration with the professor you select as a supervisor, you will work on one or more projects, learning the methods of research in the area.
  2. Design original research and write a thesis
    • Under the guidance of your research supervisor, you will develop and execute a research project. A thesis is a written report of this research project. It is an opportunity for an original piece of work, and so it is a chance to leave your mark on the field. Indeed, some honours theses are published in scholarly journals.
  3. Improve your readiness for life after university
    • An honours degree is a prerequisite to many psychology graduate studies programs. Additionally, an honours degree will prepare you for other professional schools, and even career paths that may involve a research focus. The honours program is designed to provide students with the experience that will help them determine whether they would like to continue on to graduate work or work in another research-related field. In the program, you will learn specific skills and acquire knowledge that will help ease the transition from undergraduate to graduate study or the work force. In part, this is accomplished by involving honours students in departmental activities.

As part of the honours program, students will complete several courses designed to prepare them for graduate school, other professional schools, or their chosen career. In particular, students will take two seminar courses, one in the third year and one in the fourth year.

The year-long, once-a-week seminar is for professional skill development. Discussions in class are expected to draw out scholarship and diplomacy, so that students can clearly communicate what they know to other professionals and the educated public. Many students find these seminars to be a fun and engaging experience, surrounded by a close cohort of students who share a passion for psychology.

Assignments in the seminars are practical exercises. These include the preparation of career statements, applications for funding, peer review, tutorial presentations, and the representation of data in graphs and posters. Weekly reading assignments are followed by exercises including writing and group problem solving. The seminar is a safe place to air original approaches and develop roles for collaboration.

Students will also complete several courses designed to hone their research skills, including research methods and statistics. These courses are designed to give students a firm grounding in the methods they may use to conduct and analyze their own research projects, as well as prepare them for a future in many research-related domains.