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2013-2015 University Catalog 
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University Honors Program

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Director, University Honors Program

Susan Jacobsen

Program Office

Pollak Library (North Wing) 120


The University Honors Program at California State University, Fullerton offers a select group of students academically challenging courses, enriching co-curricular programs, and research opportunities to create a unique collegiate experience. Honors students join an intellectual and social community featuring small class sizes (15-student maximum in most honors seminars) that cultivates habits of critical thinking, independent analysis, creativity and collaboration.

University Honors Program students work closely with faculty throughout their undergraduate careers, whether completing general education requirements or working on individualized senior projects. The Honors and Scholars Center, located on the first floor of Pollak Library, fosters a strong sense of community among honor students. It provides a place to study and to socialize with fellow honor students, as well as a place to obtain academic and other advice.


The University Honors Program provides benefits that include:

  • Honors seminars featuring small class sizes (15 students maximum in most classes)
  • Access to the University Honors and Scholars Center, a special study lounge
  • Opportunity to develop an independent project in coordination with a faculty mentor
  • Opportunity to study abroad and earn honors credit
  • Invitation to Honors Convocation
  • Support in navigating the University system
  • Close mentoring relationships with faculty and staff members
  • Social activities with fellow honors students
  • Priority registration
  • Honors notation on official transcript and diploma

By actively participating in this strong scholarly community, students gain leadership experience. University Honors students have the option of participating in the administration and development of the University Honors Program, which allows them to become active partners in their education and provides opportunities to help nurture the growth of the University Honors Program.

Admission Criteria

Entering freshmen who have achieved a 3.5 grade point average in college preparatory coursework in grades 10, 11 and the first semester of their senior year are eligible to apply to the program. Transfer students who have completed honors coursework at their transfer institution and have earned a minimum CSU transferable grade point average of 3.5 are also eligible. For additional information on applying, please contact the University Honors and Scholars Center, Pollak Library North 120, at 657-278-7440 or Current CSU Fullerton students should consult with the University Honors Program director about possible admission.

Maintaining Eligibility

To maintain eligibility in the University Honors Program, students must meet the following expectations though some flexibility with honors units is possible. Students should always consult with the University Honors Program director.

Year One

Complete a minimum of six honors units and earn a cumulative GPA of 3.25

Year Two

Complete a minimum of six honors units, earn a cumulative GPA of 3.4.

Year Three

Complete a minimum of five honors units, including Honors 300A and 300B, one upper-division honors seminar, and earn a cumulative GPA of 3.5.

Year Four

Complete a minimum of seven honors units, including Honors 400A and 400B, the Senior Honors Project (Honors 497), and earn a cumulative GPA of 3.5.

University Honors Program Curriculum

Honors Seminars Meeting General Education Requirements (15 units required)


All honors students must complete a senior honors project, enrolling both semesters of the senior year. Each student will work closely with a faculty member in his/her major field to design and execute an individual project of the student’s choosing. Students may elect to contract a departmental capstone seminar and/or departmental independent study to fulfill part of this requirement.


  • Study abroad experience may be used to substitute up to 3 units per semester of honors coursework (to a maximum of 6 units). Any substitution must be requested in advance.

Programs and Courses Offered





      Courses are designated as HONR in the class schedule. All honors courses are restricted to students enrolled in the University Honors Program.

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