Psychology Honors Theses

Students in the Psychology Department regularly complete Honors Theses. Students who complete an Honors Thesis have the opportunity to develop and carry out a year-long empirical research project to investigate a psychological topic of interest. Thesis students work closely with a faculty adviser who supervises all aspects of the research. Thesis students first write a thesis proposal that is submitted for approval to the Honors Board of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. They then have the opportunity to apply for a thesis grant from the Holcomb Undergraduate Committee to fund their thesis research. If necessary, thesis writers apply for permission to conduct their research from the Institutional Review Board. When they have all the necessary approvals, thesis students then collect and analyze their data, write a formal report on their project, and present their results either at the Butler Undergraduate Research Conference or at a national psychology conference. By completing an Honors Thesis, students gain invaluable experience for graduate study in psychology.

Below is a list of psychology majors who have completed an Honors Thesis in recent years.