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Requirements for Departmental Honors

Faculty of the Psychology Department encourage students to participate in the Honors program. Students may take any psychology course for honors credit. A contract is negotiated between student and faculty member on what additional work is to be done for honors credit. Students who seek Departmental honors must complete two semesters of research, supervised by a Psychology faculty member, by taking any combination of Independent Study (PSY 374/375) and/or Independent Research (PSY 392/393). Requirements for departmental honors are found under Honors Program and in the brochure published annually by the Director of the Honors Program.

Requirements for Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology

Saint Joseph’s University maintains an active chapter of Psi Chi (ΨΧ), the International Honor Society in Psychology. The purpose of Psi Chi is to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship, and to advance the science of Psychology. Membership in Psi Chi is open to all students who meet the following minimum qualifications:

Registration for major or minor standing in Psychology;

A rank in the upper 35 % of their graduating class in general scholarship;

Completion of the following courses:

  • Introductory Psychology (either PSY 100 or PSY 101)
  • Research Methods (PSY 210)
  • Statistics for the Social Sciences (PSY 211)

at least one other Psychology course;

  • A cumulative GPA not lower than 3.2 in all Psychology classes, as well as in overall cumulative grades;
  • Two-thirds affirmative vote of those members present at a regular meeting of the chapter;
  • High standards of personal behavior;
  • Approval of the International Psi Chi office.