Honors and Psychology

Graduating With Honors in Psychology

Minimum requirements to be considered for graduating with honors in psychology are as follows:

  • a major in psychology,
  • 3.70 GPA in all advanced psychology courses taken (including transfer courses),
  • a 5000 or 5010 series (formerly 83 or 87 series) course that produced an honors project/paper and earned a grade with honors, and
  • a letter of recommendation from the professor who assigned the grade with honors in the 5000 or 5010 series (formerly 83 or 87 series) course.

In order to be considered for graduating with honors in psychology, you must complete an application. Forms for applying to graduate with honors are available in the Psychology Department or can be downloaded here:

Applications should be submitted to the mailbox of Professor Natalie Kacinik in the Department of Psychology, 5315 James Hall.


* Students are encouraged to submit applications during their final semester of enrollment in coursework at Brooklyn College, prior to graduation.  However, applications will be accepted within a few months following graduation. 

All applications submitted for "Graduating With Honors in Psychology" will be reviewed by the Psychology Department Honors & Awards Committee, which will make recommendations regarding award of "Graduating With Honors in Psychology" for excellence in the field of psychology. All students will be notified of the outcome of this review, which most often takes place the semester following graduation. This delay is because all grades earned in advanced psychology courses taken must be included in the aforementioned GPA calculation, and many students take advanced psychology courses through their final semester.

Honors Course Work in Psychology

Information in the PDF below ("Honors Course Work in Psychology") is intended to provide an overview of information regarding honors course work in psychology. For official college guidelines, students are directed to the "Honors courses" section of the current Brooklyn College Bulletin for Undergraduate Programs.

There are two options for students to complete honors course work in psychology, as outlined in the PDF ("Honors Course Work in Psychology"):

  1. Take a 5000 or 5010 Series (formerly 83 or 87 Series) honors course (e.g., Independent Honors Research; Independent Honors Fieldwork).
  2. Take a regular course with honors.


Receipt of a letter grade "with Honors" in a regular course does NOT count toward eligibility to graduate with honors in psychology. Students who wish to be considered for graduating with honors in psychology must earn a letter grade "with Honors" in one of the 5000 or 5010 Series (formerly 83 or 87 Series) courses.


Contact Professor Kacinik.