Major Project (BS)

The major project in psychology (as a registered course) is designed to be the capstone experience of your work in the psychology major.

Through the major project, you will:

  • Synthesize the knowledge you have gained about the discipline over your time as a psychology major
  • Network with psychology alumni for advice and professional connections and hear them speak about their varied professional career paths
  • Write a 15–20 page APA-style paper on a topic in psychology

View our PDF iconMajor Project Syllabus to learn more about your options and project requirements.

How to Register

  1. Check your APAS to ensure you have completed the prerequisites for major project*: 
    • PSY foundation courses (PSY 1001, 3801, 3001W)
    • All 5 of the PSY distribution areas (A-C)
    • At least 12 credits of outside psychology foundation coursework 
    • Senior status (90+ cumulative credits)
  2. Register for PSY 3901W. 
    • ​Psychology advising manages an internal waitlist for students who are unable to secure a seat in a major project, or who cannot secure a seat in their preferred section (To be placed on the waitlist, email immediately.)
  3. Arrange to receive PSY 4/5993 credit for working in the lab of a faculty member.

*Advising closely monitors major project enrollment to ensure that all students have fulfilled the necessary prerequisites. You may be dropped from the course if requirements are not met. If you have questions about preparing for your major project, email

Research Lab Project: PSY 3901W and PSY 4/5993

Psychology BS major project includes two components:

  • Research lab project (PSY 3901W, 3 credits)
  • Assisting in the lab of a faculty member (PSY 4/5993, 3 credits)
    • This must be fulfilled during the semester prior to or concurrently with PSY 3901W

The research lab project allows you to take full advantage of the abundance of psychological research happening right here in the Department of Psychology. In this course, you will draw from your experience in a faculty research lab (PSY 4/5993) to help develop the topic of your major project paper for the PSY 3901W class. This option requires you to secure a laboratory research experience in a faculty member's lab for PSY 4/5993 credits either the semester prior to or concurrently with your PSY 3901W enrollment. If you are in the process of finding a research lab experience, register for PSY 3901W as this course fills quickly.

Before class begins: Arrange to assist in the lab of a faculty member through PSY 4/5993.