Honors Courses

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Honors courses are different than regular classes. Their purpose is to provide a qualitatively different experience that fosters your creative and critical-thinking capabilities.

The Honors College offers a suite of unique and engaging honors courses that cover general education, electives and degree requirements.

Honors courses allow you to approach subjects from interdisciplinary perspectives, delve more deeply into course content, enhance your communication skills and collaborate with other inspired students across campus.

Most majors provide a pathway for honors students to become more engaged in their discipline while completing major requirements and earning honors credit. Completion of honors courses through the major provides students with a unique opportunity to gain a more advanced understanding of their discipline and develop valuable relationships with faculty members.


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General Education

As an honors student, you will have access to an Honors General Education structure, which allows greater flexibility in the courses that can be used toward general education requirements in subjects like arts, sciences, social sciences and humanities.



Many of these one- and two-unit special interest courses explore unique areas of study or provide new experiences outside the classroom. These courses are also excellent ways to round out a demanding schedule while still maintaining the units necessary to keep a scholarship.


This freshman-level hybrid course, taught in the Honors Village, will launch you into the kind of innovative and critical thinking you will do throughout your Honors career. Each week, you will meet outside of the classroom with your peers and instructors, then complete an assigned activity. Catalyst culminates with a research presentation at the end of the course. 


Individualized Studies, Research and Internships

Take your learning outside the classroom, whether that is through research, internships or other individualized experiences. Honors credit experiences should be qualitatively different from non-honors experiences and provide a deeper, more challenging and more intense engagement with the subject matter or work.

Graduate Courses

Honors juniors and seniors are eligible to enroll in 500-level (graduate) courses, and to apply those courses toward the honors credit requirement. Graduate course enrollment is completed via the Undergraduate Enrollment in Graduate Courses form, which must be signed by both the course instructor and academic advisor.