Office of Undergraduate Studies
Student Services and Administration Building, Suite 4500
Phone: (510) 885-3716
Shirley Yap (Mathematics)
Arnab Mukherjea (Health Sciences), Interim for Fall
The University Honors Program provides outstanding students the opportunity for academic challenge by completing specialized courses, seminars, and projects under the direction of faculty mentors. They are considered for periodic awards and scholarships. University Honors Program students also receive recognition on their official transcripts and diplomas, and enjoy special acknowledgement at both the Honors Convocation and commencement ceremonies.
Program Learning Outcomes
Students who complete the University Honors Program will be able to:
- Demonstrate the ability to design, plan, and execute an original research or creative project that would meet professional standards in a specialized discipline or interdisciplinary field.
- Effectively communicate the methods, techniques, and findings of their original research or creative project in a written, oral, or visual format.
- Work collaboratively with persons from different fields of specialization to address complex challenges and everyday problems.
- Demonstrate responsible leadership skills through participating in one or more significant organizational roles in Honors curricular or co-curricular projects or service-learning fieldwork.
Admission to the University Honors Program is open to students who have maintained at least a 3.6 GPA in their last 2 semesters of study at CSUEB or transfer students whose transferred course GPA is at least 3.6. In addition, all students considering applying to the honors program must intend to be enrolled in the University for at least two more years so that they will have sufficient time to complete the program requirements.
Program Course Requirements
Consult the University Honors Program Director for clarification and interpretation of course requirements.
To graduate from the program, every Honors student must satisfactorily complete:
- A minimum of two classes (each consisting of three or more course units) as Honors-designated courses. To earn the Honors designation for a particular course on their transcripts, students shall:
- Design, plan, and execute an original research or creative project in consultation with the course instructor, who agrees to evaluate the honors project in addition to, and separate from, assignments and assessments for the course in which the student is enrolled. Honors-designated courses may be in the student’s major or minor, as well as in General Education and elective courses.
- Submit an instructor-approved project form for each course in which Honors projects will be completed to the University Honors Program Director for review and approval.
- Earn a letter grade of “B” (3.0 earned grade point) or better (see: Grading and Academic Standards FAQ) in the course in which an Honors project is completed.
- GS 309 Honors Service and Leadership (3 units) in students’ sophomore or junior years, with a letter grade of “B” (3.0 earned grade point) or better.
- GS 399 Honors Presentation (1 unit) in their senior year, in conjunction with a capstone course within students’ degree program, with a letter grade of “B” (3.0 earned grade point) or better.
Additional Breadth and Eligibility Requirements
- Take Honors-designated courses with letter grades only. Credit/No Credit courses will not be accepted for Honors designation.
- Make progress towards program completion by taking at least one Honors-designated course per academic year, if needed, with a letter grade of “B” (3.0 earned grade point) or better.
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.60.
- Attend one or more special learning, professional development at CSUEB each semester in which they are enrolled in the University Honors Program. Events sponsored by the Honors Student Council will be especially encouraged.
Excluding freshmen, all students in good standing in the University Honors Program enjoy Early Registration for most classes.
University Honors Program students will receive special recognition at the Honors Convocation and/or at commencement in the academic year they graduate. University Honors Program students will also receive recognition on their transcripts and their diplomas, as well as a certificate of recognition from the program.
The director coordinates University Honors Program courses, as well as special events for University Honors Program students and faculty. The director tracks student progress, invites eligible students to join the program, and notifies students who are failing to meet the program requirements.