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Honors Program

Honors Program Curriculum

The Honors Program offers a four-year, interdisciplinary curriculum that is integrated with a student's major area of study and the University's Core curriculum requirements. Students must complete a minimum of 25 Honors units for graduation with the Honors diploma. This is an average of one Honors course each semester. All Honors courses must be taken for a letter grade.

The curriculum begins with the Honors Preceptorial, which introduces new students to the University and the Honors Program, and ends with a senior capstone experience: an optional independent study, a thesis, and participation in the Honors Senior Thesis Seminar. Students must also take at least two team-taught interdisciplinary courses.

As students move through Honors courses during their first three years, they are strongly encouraged to consult closely with their Preceptor, major/minor advisors, and the Honors Program Director for assistance. Regular advising meetings ensure that students can fulfill the program requirements and their major requirements in time for graduation.

Planning an Honors Schedule

First Year

Fall Semester Honors Preceptorial (4 units)
Spring Semester Honors lower-division elective (3 units)

Second Year

Fall Semester Team-taught, interdisciplinary course (4 units)
or Single-taught, single-discipline course (3 units)
Spring Semester Same as fall semester. Students should take one team-taught course in the sophomore year.

third Year

Fall Semester Team-taught, interdisciplinary course (4 units)
or Single instructor, single-discipline course (3 units)
Spring Semester Same as fall semester. Students should take one team-taught course in the junior year.

fourth year

Fall Semester Independent Study (496/499H) in major field (1, 2, or 3 units)
Spring Semester Honors Thesis Seminar (option of taking for 1 unit or 3 units)