Departments & Centers

Department of Psychology

Undergraduate Honors

IUPUI’s Honors Program provides highly motivated and creative students the opportunity to enroll in small, dynamic classes and to collaborate with faculty in independent study and research projects. Psychology majors admitted to the IUPUI Honors Program will be eligible to participate in all psychology honors courses and to graduate with honors in psychology. Usually honors credit is based on individual student-faculty agreement to enhance normal course requirements called H-Options, which can be added to existing courses in psychology. Honors students can also enroll in graduate-level psychology courses if they receive the consent of the instructors in these courses. Students who are not in the IUPUI Honors Program, but who meet the minimum GPA criterion will be able to participate in honors courses, but will not receive honors credit. For currently enrolled students who have completed at least 12 credit hours, the GPA criterion for admission to the honors program is 3.3. For new students, the criteria for admission are re-centered SAT scores of 1200 or graduation in the top 10 percent of their high school class.

To graduate with Honors in Psychology, the student must earn at least 24 hours of honors credit, 6 of which must be in psychology and 6 of which must be outside of psychology (the remaining 12 can be either in or outside psychology). From 3-6 hours of this credit must be PSY-B499 Honors Research, which should culminate in an honors thesis. Only grades of A or B will count for honors credit. To graduate with honors, the student must have an overall GPA of at least 3.3 and a GPA of at least 3.5 in honors and psychology classes. For additional information, go to or Dr. Kathy Johnson (LD 124, 274-4930) kjohnso [at] iupui [dot] edu) the Psychology Department’s Honors Program advisor.

PSY-B499 Capstone Honors Research in Psychology

Departmental Honors culminates in an independent honors thesis project that is mentored by a faculty advisor. This is a yearlong research experience that includes two components:

  • Students will conduct their own research project under the guidance of a faculty member in psychology.
  • Students will attend capstone honors research seminar meetings every other Friday (beginning in the fall and ending in the spring semester). Seminar meetings will focus on a diverse array of topics related to research in psychology.

Capstone Honors Research (PSY-B499) fulfills the capstone requirement within the psychology major. Students do not have to be in the Honors program to take PSY-B499. Additional information about Capstone Honors Research is available in the Psychology Advising Office (LD 123) or by contacting Dr. Kathy Johnson (LD 126B, 274-4930) kjohnso [at] iupui [dot] edu or Dr. Jane Williams at LD 126N, 274-2966, jrwillim [at] iupui [dot] edu.

Psi Chi: The International Honor Society in Psychology

To become a member of Psi Chi, an undergraduate psychology major must have earned at least 9 credit hours of psychology classes and possess an overall GPA of 3.0 and a GPA of 3.5 in psychology classes. Interested students should submit an application to the Psi Chi faculty advisor. There is a one-time, lifetime membership fee.