Jul 23, 2024  
2023-2024 University Catalog 
2023-2024 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

University Honors

(18-24 UNITS)

The University Honors Program provides highly motivated students the opportunity to enrich their undergraduate experience by taking a range of courses that encourages interdisciplinary approaches to critical thinking, scholarly inquiry and engaged citizenship. Honors seminars are small, discussion-based courses that meet General Education requirements and allow students to connect with peers who share a love of learning and want to be leaders and change-makers in their community. The culminating experience is a senior honors project that provides students the opportunity to develop a mentoring relationship with a faculty member and engage in student-faculty research, create an interdisciplinary portfolio or develop a creative project.

Honors students receive special advising, priority registration, access to the University Honors Center and opportunities to participate in workshops and events throughout the year to support their academic and personal development. Students also have the option of selecting the Honors-themed floor in the residence halls and participating in Honors study abroad programming.

Students who complete all program requirements and earn a 3.5 cumulative GPA will receive the University Honors Distinction on their university transcript and diploma.


Honors Core Pathway

  • Entering first-year students who have achieved a 3.6 GPA in college preparatory coursework in grades 10, 11 and the first semester of their senior year.
  • Current students with a 3.5 cumulative university GPA.
  • Students who have earned less than 35 units of university academic credit.
  • Transfer students who have completed nine-12 hours of honors coursework at their transfer institution.

Honors Upper-Division Pathway

  • Current students who have earned 35 or more units of university credit and have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Entering transfer students with a 3.5 GPA who did not complete honors coursework at their transfer institution.

Curriculum Requirements

Honors Core Pathway (24 units)

Honors Upper-Division Pathway (18 units)

Total (18-24 units)