Specialized Honours BA/BSc FAQ

What is the Specialized Honours Psychology BA/BSc and why would I apply?

The Specialized Honours Psychology Program (YUSHPP) is designed to provide advanced training in research methods, statistical analysis, scientific communication, and critical thinking. If you were admitted to the program you would be required to complete a specific set of courses intended to develop breadth and depth of psychological knowledge and build strong research skills. You would be provided the opportunity to work on research projects under the supervision of a faculty member in your 3rd and 4th years and your research training would culminate in the completion of a thesis supervised by a faculty member. Throughout the program you would be mentored in the process of preparing for and then applying to graduate programs in psychology.

Who should apply to the Program?

You should apply if you are in your second year have a strong interest in conducting psychological research and you plan to pursue graduate studies in psychology.

What are the application requirements?

You may apply if:

  • You are a currently a Psychology major in a 120 credit BA or BSc program, and
  • You have completed approximately 53 credits (i.e., at the end of 2nd year) and
  • You have completed PSYC 1010 6.00 Introduction to Psychology with a minimum grade of C, PSYC 2030 3.00 Introduction to Research Methods, and PSYC 2020 6.00 Statistics I & II (or equivalent), and
  • You have completed (or plan to complete by the end of the summer of the year you apply) your general education requirements for the degree, and
  • You have an overall GPA of 7.0 (B+)

Is it possible to apply to the program after your 2nd year?

Students that apply later in their degree will be considered on a case by case basis, you may apply if:

  • All of the general application requirements are satisfied, and
  • You have completed PSYC 3010 3.00 (Intermediate Research Methods) and PSYC 3031 3.00 (Intermediate Statistics Laboratory), and
  • You have acquired research experience in a faculty member’s lab and you have secured a thesis supervisor

How do you apply?

  • The application period is between May 1 and May 15
  • You start the application process by completing an online application, which can be found at: https://spechon.apps01.yorku.ca/

What is the admission process?

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet.

What happens if my GPA drops below 7.0 or I fail to complete one of the required courses?

You will have to continue your program as a regular Honours Psychology student. Depending on the circumstances you may or may not be re-instated if your GPA reaches 7.0 (B+) by the time you graduate and you have completed the required courses in the Specialized Honours program.

Once I am accepted in to the program what will I need to do to complete the requirements?

  • Maintain an overall cumulative grade point average of at least 7.00 (B+).
  • Participate in research lab(s)
  • Complete the following Psychology courses in addition to the degree requirements for your BA or BSc (120 credit) degree.
  • 6 credits in the 2100 and/or 3100 series of courses.
  • 6 credits in the 2200 and/or 3200 series of courses.
  • Intermediate Research Methods (PSYC 3010 3.00)
  • Intermediate Statistics Laboratory (PSYC 3031 3.00)
  • Psychological Measurement (PSYC 3090 3.00)
  • History of Psychology (PSYC 3125 3.00)
  • Specialized Honours Thesis Seminar (PSYC 4001 6.00) (note this requires conducting an individual thesis in a faculty members lab and attending the seminar course).

What is the process for enrolling in the Specialized Honours Thesis Seminar (i.e. 4001)?

  • Confirm you have completed all 4001 prerequisites:
    • Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 1010 6.00) with a minimum grade of C
    • Introduction to Research Methods (PSYC 2030 3.00)
    • Statistics I & II (PSYC 2020 6.00)
    • Intermediate Research Methods (PSYC 3010 3.00)
    • Intermediate Statistics Laboratory (PSYC 3031 3.00)
  • Obtain a 4001 thesis contract from the Specialized Honours website
  • Complete and sign the contract with your supervisor
  • Make a photocopy for yourself and your supervisor
  • Leave a copy of the signed contract with the secretary in room 280 BSB for approval (i.e. confirmation that prerequisites have been completed) by the specialized honours coordinator
  • Approved contracts will submitted to the Undergrad office by the specialized honours coordinator
  • You will be contacted by email if enrollment in 4001 is not approved
  • You will be able to enroll online approximately 1 week after submitting your contract assuming there is no problem with your contract

Who do I contact if I have questions?

John Eastwood, the current coordinator of the specialized honours program, can be reached via the contact page.