All Psychology honours students are provided with a capstone experience in your final year. This provides an opportunity for you to demonstrate and refine the skills that have been acquired through the undergraduate program.

Some of you will complete a Thesis, while others will participate in the Project class.

What are the differences between the Project and the Thesis?

Should I choose Thesis or the Project?

If I am planning on completing a Thesis, how do I find an advisor?

What is an honours seminar?

I still have questions. What should I do?

What are the differences between the Project and the Thesis?

Honours Thesis

The Thesis involves conducting research under the direct supervision of a faculty member. It typically involves:

  •  literature review
  • data collection and analysis
  •  preparation of a substantial document.

Qualifying B.A. (Honours) students register in PSYC 4908, while BSc. (Honours) students register in PSYC 4907. In order to register for the Thesis, you must submit an application form to B550 Loeb (deadline information will be communicated by email. Information on all prerequisites is provided on the thesis application form)

PSYC 4907: Thesis for B.Sc. Honours –  Application
PSYC 4908: Thesis for B.A. Honours –   Application

Honours Thesis Library

If you are a third year student in the honours seminar or a fourth year student registered in an honours thesis, email us at psychology@carleton.ca to get information on how to explore our thesis library for examples of honours theses written by students working in a variety of different research areas.

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Honours Project

The Project is a regularly scheduled class (1.0 credit) during which students participate in a variety of active learning exercises.

Students will work closely with each other via writing groups, peer-editing exercises, and other elements consistent with a supportive writing community in order to enhance their:

  • writing
  • critical reading
  • presentation skills.

Students will choose an area of psychological research that is of personal interest and explore that area throughout all assignments.

B.A. (Honours) Project students register in PSYC 4910, while BSc. (Honours) Project students register in PSYC 4909. You do not need to submit an application to gain entrance to the Project course.

The Project course is also available during the Fall-Winter and Summer terms.

Should I choose the Thesis or the Project?

When deciding, make sure to consider your career options:

  • A Thesis is generally required for research and clinical graduate programs
  • The Project is generally acceptable for a range of other programs and career options.

Make sure to discuss your plans with faculty, the Undergraduate Office, Career Services, and the schools you may be applying to.

Note that the requirements for gaining entrance to the Thesis and Project are different.

The prerequisites for PSYC 4910/4909 (Project) include:

  • PSYC 3000
  • 4th-year standing (14.0 credits complete)
  •  minimum psychology CGPA of 6.0.

The prerequisites for the Thesis (PSYC 4907/4908) are provided on the thesis application form.

If I am planning on completing a Thesis, how do I find an advisor?

Consider looking for a faculty thesis advisor during the Winter term of your 3rd year; the earlier the better, as each advisor will only have a limited number of spots available. Make sure to browse the departmental research page for information on the various research fields and faculty interests.

Note that a number of faculty have recorded videos about their research. When meeting with potential advisors, make sure to bring a copy of your academic audit.

What is an honours seminar?

If you are planning on completing a Thesis in your 4th-year, you must complete an honours seminar in your 3rd-year. The department currently offers seminars pertaining to:

  • Social
  • Health
  • Forensic
  • Developmental
  • Personality
  • Cognitive
  • Organizational.

These courses involve an in-depth consideration of theory and research in their respective disciplines, and help to prepare you for conducting a Thesis.

In order to gain entrance to an honours seminar, 2nd-year students must submit an application form to B550 Loeb (deadline information will be communicated by email and posted here). Information on all prerequisites is provided on the honours seminar application form.

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I still have questions. What should I do?

Contact the Undergraduate Office at the following:

B550 Loeb
psychology@carleton.ca
613-520-2644

The office is open weekdays from 8:30-12:00 and 1:00-4:30. There is no need to make an appointment.