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Psychology Research Methods

HNRS 3000 Sec. 01 - Fall 2019

Professor Janet McDonald Department of Psychology

Tu Th 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
269 Woodin Hall

Course Requirements: Must be a Psychology major, have a 3.5 GPA, and currently Junior level standing (or 4 semesters left until graduation)

This is the first class in a four-semester sequence designed to enable you to write an upper division honors thesis in psychology. You must take this course in order to do an honors thesis in psychology. The course covers the methods used in psychological research, teaches you critical thinking skills for research by reading and critiquing psychology journal articles, allows you to design, run and analyze a small research study that the class does together, and requires an APA style research proposal in an area of your choosing.

After completing this class, you will be paired with a faculty mentor in the psychology department for the next three semesters. During that time you will devise an empirical research project, do a formal written and oral proposal, devise your stimuli and measurement instruments, run participants in your study, enter and analyze your data, and write an APA style report, and have a formal oral defense of your project. You will gain extremely valuable research and data analysis skills that graduate departments in psychology are looking for!

Most of the students who successfully complete an honors thesis in psychology go on to graduate study in psychology or professional schools (e.g., law, medicine).