Frequently Asked Questions
There is no deadline. If you are eligible, you may apply to the program at any time.
Yes! In order to earn an Honors Certificate of Completion, you must complete a minimum of 15 honors units in at least for 4 honors courses. However, if you transfer before that time, you will of course not be penalized. Each honors course that you take will be so designated on your transcript.
No, honors courses are not more difficult. The same content is covered, but what is different is the kinds of work that you do. For example, an honors course means that you will have more interaction with your teachers and fellow students in a seminar-type environment. You may be doing projects rather than papers, etc.
No. You do not have to take honors courses every semester. For example, if there is no course that you need offered in the fall semester, you can wait for the spring semester and register for any courses for which you are eligible. Every semester we add different classes.
The Honors Transfer Program is accessible for all students whose goal is to transfer, and who wish to participate in challenging, academically rigorous courses in classes with other highly motivated, high-achieving students, to better prepare for university work.
Honors students take special sections of regular courses, or in some cases, special 1-3 unit seminars in a particular discipline, taught by inspiring instructors in a stimulating environment with other students who seek intellectual challenge to prepare themselves to succeed in a university setting. A designated Honors counselor provides Honors students with academic and personal counseling in planning both short- and long-term educational and career goals. Honors students have enhanced transfer and educational opportunities in the form of scholarships, priority consideration to selective universities, honors recognition on transcript and degree, leadership and community service activities, and cultural enrichment.
To complete the program, students must:
- Achieve a minimum overall 3.25 GPA.
- Achieve a minimum 3.25 GPA in at least 15 honors units in at least 4 honors courses.
- Complete the community service requirement (16 hours of service).
No, to complete the Honors Program, students need to complete only 15 units of honors course work--in at least 4 honors courses. Honors courses are added to the offerings each semester.
No, students not enrolled in the program may take Honors courses. Students enrolled in Honors courses will be expected to complete the work being done by Honors students in that class. These classes will be designated as "honors" courses on the transcript of any student taking the class.
The workload of the honors student is the same as for the general population of students under the Carnegie unit, that is, two hours of work outside for every hour inside the classroom. The difference in an honors course is in the kind of work honors students are doing; more time will be spent on higher-level materials and assignments and less, if any, time spent on basic skills.
Honors courses are different, not necessarily harder. Topics covered are the same; the difference is in the teaching and learning experience. For example, in an honors course, students should expect more reliance on primary sources. The materials may be covered at greater depth and/or more intensively. Courses may be delivered with the use of technology. In addition, students will experience a more interactive learning environment, such as discussions, seminars, oral presentations, and in-class workshops. Emphasis is placed on skills needed at the university level, such as written analysis, critical thinking, research, and collaborative learning. Also, courses will incorporate a multi-cultural, multi-perspective, and, occasionally, multi-discipline approach to teaching and learning.
Each Honors course completed will be noted "Honors" on the student's transcript. Students who have completed the program will be recognized at graduation. Transcripts and degrees are inscribed with a notation that the student is a graduate of the Honors Transfer Program. In addition, many universities recognize academic excellence as reflected by completion of the program.