PSYC 4197W (Senior Thesis in Psychology)

PSYC 4197W (Senior Thesis in Psychology) is typically only taken by students in the Honors Program and is a requirement of the Major Plan of Study, Honors Plan. This independent study course is preceded with at least 3 credits of PSYC 3899 (Independent Study), during which the student will have completed a psychological research project. PSYC 4197W is a 3 credit course for the actual writing of the honors thesis. It counts as a W course and as 3 credits of the 12 required upper-level honors credits in psychological sciences. A goal of this thesis course is to teach students how to write scientifically; therefore, students are expected to turn in a draft and make several revisions throughout the semester.


Students wishing to register for PSYC 4197W should contact their instructor for more information. While permission numbers can be used for enrollment, using the Research Form (i.e., Independent Study Authorization) is more common due to the desired addition of the title. If using the form, be sure to fill it out completely and obtain your Instructor’s signature. Submit the form to the Undergraduate Program Office for the Advisor’s and Associate Department Head’s signatures and final processing. Forms are due by the end of the 4th week of the classes during the regular academic year and by the end of the add/drop period for summer courses.