The Capstone

Thesis GraphicAll psychology majors are required to complete a capstone thesis to graduate with a degree in psychology. Majors are allowed to select from one of the four following options for their capstone (see the pulldown menu below). All four capstone options are research - or evaluation - centered and assists students in gaining in-depth research insight or applied experience.

Note that the timeline of preparation varies depending on the option you select, all depth courses should be completed. If you do not make a choice ahead of time, the PSY496 capstone course is the default selection. If you wish to take the non-course options (honors, research or internship), you need to identify a psychology faculty mentor to work with at least one or two semesters ahead of time. Advanced planning and the permission of instructor is required for the non-course capstone options (491, 498, 490H). 

We suggest that you talk to your academic advisor to confirm your plans and ask any questions. The Advisement Coordinator and Peer Advisors are also able to answer question about the capstone options.

OPTION 1: PSY490H Honors in Psychology

OPTION 1: PSY490H Honors in Psychology

  • Students seeking to complete an honors project should begin planning during their sophomore or early part of their junior year. Students should review the honors program handbook online and talk to their academic advisors. Students must take the initiative to contact potential research mentors. Capstone credits are earned during the last semester at Oswego, although the project and coursework will begin prior to the last term.

OPTION 2: PSY491 Capstone Laboratory Research

OPTION 2: PSY491 Capstone Laboratory Research

  • Students wishing to conduct research in the laboratory of a particular faculty member must take the initiative to contact a potential research mentor in advance of the senior year. Students selecting this option will still utilize their literature reviews from Depth classes to prepare for a capstone project.

OPTION 3 (DEFAULT): PSY496 Capstone Senior Thesis in Psychology

OPTION 3 (DEFAULT): PSY496 Capstone Senior Thesis in Psychology

  • Students must have completed at least one Depth course to be eligible for this course. Sections will be offered every semester. This is the default option for students. Seniors have priority to register for this course; non-seniors may be de-registered if not enough seats become available for senior students. 

OPTION 4: PSY498 Capstone Internship in Psychology

OPTION 4: PSY498 Capstone Internship in Psychology

  • Students interested in completing an internship for their senior capstone should contact Dr. Emily Bovier (emily.bovier@oswego.edu) prior to registration. Internships are competitive and usually provided to students on a first-come, first-serve basis. All internships are coordinated with EXCEL. In addition to completing 120 off-campus internship hours, students will be required to particpate in regular meetings with other students participating in capstone internships. Students must be on campus to complete capstone internships during the Fall and Spring semesters; capstone internships are also typically offered during the summer, with coursework and meetings completed fully online.