The Honors Program in Psychology provides an enhanced, intense experience for motivated undergraduate students who are planning to attend graduate or professional school in psychology or a related discipline.

Our honors students have gone on to graduate school in many areas of psychology, including clinical, cognitive, counseling, developmental, behavioral neuroscience, and industrial/organizational; medical school, especially in the areas of pediatrics and psychiatry; and law school. Others have gone directly to jobs in research or clinical service.

Program Components

If you are accepted into the honors program you will participate in these three components:

  • Completion of an honors thesis. The thesis will examine a research project conducted by you under the supervision of a faculty member in Psychology or a related field.  For more information on faculty research interests, see the faculty directory.
  • Participation in 3 semesters of PY 399: Honors Seminar, a small-group 1-semester-hour seminar aimed at professional development and in-depth discussion of theory and research in the behavioral sciences.
  • Completion of advanced coursework. You are required to take additional upper-level courses in Psychology. A complete list of requirements are available in the UAB Undergraduate Catalog.


You should apply to the honors program during your sophomore year (though exceptions can be made). This provides sufficient time to complete your thesis and honors seminar requirements during your junior and senior years.

Apply to the Honors Program in Psychology

Once you apply, you will be contacted to schedule an interview.

You must have and maintain a cumulative, institutional, and psychology GPA of 3.5 or above in order to be admitted to and graduate from the program.