A local chapter of Psi Chi, the national honor society in Psychology, was initiated at Dominican in 1979. To join, undergraduates must rank in the upper 35 percent of their class. The registration fee pays for lifetime membership. Quarterly National Psi Chi newsletters are available in the Psychology Department.
The Registrar's Office notifies the Department of Psychology as to student's eligibility based on:
- Completion of 12 units of coursework in psychology or 9 completed units with 3 units in progress at Dominican, plus an official declaration of psychology as a major or minor.
- A 3.3 GPA in all psychology courses and an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 for units which credit has been given as transfer units). Grades for courses transferred to Dominican are counted in calculating the GPA for Psi Chi membership. (Note: If you do not wish to have grades from other colleges counted you may chose to apply for academic forgiveness. Please see the Academic Forgiveness Policy in the catalogue. You must complete this process during the semester prior to the semester you are eligible for Psi Chi.)
The Psychology Department then invites students into Psi Chi by letter. If you have any questions regarding your eligibility please speak with the Registrar's office regarding their calculation of your G.P.A.
There is a one-time lifetime membership fee of $60, of which $35 required by the national office of Psi Chi; $10 is retained by the local chapter; and $15 purchases a "gold medal" which is worn with the cap and gown at commencement to signify membership in Psi Chi.
Psi Chi Initiation
The annual initiation banquet, held each spring, has had as guest speakers nationally and internationally known psychologists including:
Psi Chi Book Award
At the annual initiation banquet, the Psi Chi Book Award is presented to the student who has contributed most in the way of service to the department or to the field of psychology. The student is nominated by departmental faculty and staff.
Psi Chi Alumni are invited to the annual banquet. In order to continue receiving invitations to the banquet once you have graduated, please update your address with the Alumni Office and the Psychology Department.
The Psi Chi Board of Directors consists of at least one representative from current undergraduate and graduate students and an alumni. Psi Chi members who are interested in serving on the Board should contact the Dominican University Psi Chi Faculty Advisor, Dr. Gail Matthews.
Honors in the Major
Dominican recognizes students who demonstrate superior performance in their major. Students will be granted Departmental Honors when the following criteria are fulfilled.
- Minimum overall GPA of 3.6 in all upper division courses in the major: includes all courses taken in the major at Dominican; includes upper division courses in the major transferred to Dominican from other colleges; does not include pare-requisite or co-requisite courses to prepare for the major;
- Minimum of half of the units in the major must be taken at Dominican;
- Minimum of 18 upper division units must be graded; and
- Senior project must be designated as a superior quality by thesis advisor (operationally defined in the Psychology Department as at least an A- in both Psy 4970 and Psy 4980).
Departmental honors are designated on the student's Dominican transcripts and are announced at the Hood Ceremony at graduation each spring. Departmental honors are a separate category from the Honors Program and Honors at commencement
The Psi Chi National Office address:
The National Honor Society in Psychology
P.O. Box 709
Chattanooga, TN 37401-0709