About the Psychology Honors Program


The purpose of the Honors in Psychology program is to recognize and support the development of exceptional Psychology students. The Honors program will allow students the opportunity to engage in advanced level coursework to better prepare for graduate coursework and/or careers in the field of Psychology.
Honors designation: upon successful completion of the program, students will receive an Honors designation on their diploma and transcript.


Admission is granted by approval of the Department of Psychology Honors Committee.


To be eligible to apply, a student must:

  1. be a declared Psychology major
  2. have completed or be currently enrolled in PSY 320/L
  3. have a minimum 3.50 CSUN GPA
  4. have a minimum 3.50 GPA in all upper-division Psychology courses taken at CSUN (first-semester transfer students should report grades from their prior university/college)

Program requirements:

If admitted, students in the program must:

  1. complete honors sections of the following courses with a B+ or better:
    • Research Methods in Psychology and Lab: PSY 321H/L (units: 3/1)
    • One of the psychology Capstone courses (units: 3/2)
  2. successfully complete PSY 492H (Honors Professional Development) (units: 1)
  3. complete a second honors section of Psychology Capstone course OR one of the following graduate-level courses with a B+ or better (note that enrollment requires permission of the instructor):
    • PSY 420/L Advanced Statistical Methods and Lab
    • PSY 593A and 593B: (must complete both courses if choosing this option) Community Research Seminar I and II
    • PSY 512 Seminar in Developmental Psychology
    • PSY 519 Seminar in Autism Spectrum Disorders
    • PSY 524/L Multivariate Analysis Computer and Lab
    • PSY 540 Seminar in Social Psychology
    • PSY 590A Seminar in Sensation and Perception
    • PSY 590B Seminar in Conditioning and Learning
    • PSY 591A Seminar in Cognitive Psychology
    • PSY 591B Seminar in Emotion and Motivation
  4. Maintain a portfolio of their honors assignments from the required courses above.
  5. Present a project at the Department of Psychology’s Honors Forum. The project must be conducted under the supervision of a faculty member in Psychology and may be an empirical research project, a literature review project, or a community project
  6. Maintain a minimum 3.50 GPA in all of their upper-division Psychology coursework.

***If an Honors student fails to meet or maintain any of the requirements of the program, s/he will be immediately dropped from the program. ***

View B.A., Psychology Honors Program in the 2015-16 University Catalog.