Senior Thesis

Every student who graduates from the Psychology major at Dominican University of California completes a Senior Thesis on an approved topic of their choice. The course associated with this project occurs over two semesters and students are granted 8 units of academic credit.

After graduation, I got a job at UCSF in the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies as a research assistant.  I never thought I would enjoy research, but after doing my senior thesis I became interested. Now I feel that this is where I am supposed to be, and what I am supposed to be doing. I couldn’t have done it without the help of my professors. So thank you!

—Lisa Georgetti, Class of 2007

Take a moment to glance at some of the thesis topics in the link below to see the wide range of topic previously investigated. Under faculty supervision (10:1) students develop a research question, design a methodology to help answer their question, collect data, and analyze their results. Students present their research at an on campus Academic Showcase each spring, and some students participate in national conferences (Western Psychological Association, American Psychological Association, National Council of Undergrad Research to name a few) and others publish their work in recognized professional journals. Places to publish your work as an undergraduate include:
Places to Publish as an Undergraduate in Psychology: