James Madison University

Honors Thesis

The following are guidelines for conducting Honors Projects in psychology that were adopted by the faculty of the Department of Psychology on October 14, 2009.  They provide additional guidance to Psychology Majors who are completing an Honors Thesis beyond the guidelines provided by the (see JMU Honors Program).  Note that the Department of Psychology has expectations for Honors Thesis Projects that, in some cases, are more specific than the general university guidelines.  Our guidelines are necessary because Psychology Majors complete research-based thesis projects, while the university guidelines are written in a general way to accommodate the types of Honors Projects completed by students for all majors.  Successful completion of honors projects in psychology not only fulfills requirements of the Honors Program, it also fulfills the capstone requirement for the Psychology Major.  The additional structure for psychology honors projects ensures that capstone objectives are met.