Psychology and Child Development

College of Liberal Arts

Senior Projects

Your senior project can be a significant individualized learning experience and an important marketing tool once you graduate. It should be chosen wisely. Senior project is completed in two quarters after prerequisites are completed typically in your senior year.

For the first quarter students enroll in Senior Project Seminar: PSY 461 for Psychology majors and CD 461 for Child Development majors. In this course you will learn about the basics of the senior project, choose a topic, conduct background research, create a plan for the project, and identify a faculty advisor to assist in the completion of the project in the second quarter (PSY 462 or CD 462). 

Senior projects can take several different forms but all involve an approximately 20-page written product in APA format. There are four common types of senior projects:

1) Service Project consisting of such activities as creating a manual for a community organization, creating/organizing an event or workshop for a community organization, or making an educational product

 2) Empirical Project where the student collects data to test a research hypothesis, analyzes it, and writes it up in APA style

 3) Review of the research literature on a topic of interest

4) Creative Project such as a book or multimedia project. It is important to note that different faculty members may have different specific requirements.

A Senior Project Handbook is available under the Forms & Documents link.


Students may submit their finished senior project to the library.  See the guidelines for submitting your senior project to the Cal Poly Library.


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