This course is the culminating experience for students enrolled in the Psychology major. It involves ambitious research and is undertaken during the senior year. The topic of the project is the proposal completed in PSY 301. The final product is a research project of between 9,000 to 15,000 words. The project must be successfully defended before a committee consisting of the Psychology faculty and faculty from the student’s primary major. PSY 301 and PSY 401 are primarily for students who wish to pursue graduate programs in psychology. These courses give students the opportunity to explore specific issues in psychology through planned readings and discussions with faculty members. The emphasis is on an advanced research topic or applied intervention and is intended to give students the opportunity to think about psychological issues and social problems in depth. The minimum passing grade is a C.