Welcome to the University Honors Program

The Honors Program offers you the opportunity to work closely with some of Chico State's best professors in small, specially designed courses. These classes provide lively and engaging experiences designed to spark your interests. In this small community of scholars, true learning partnership can grow, giving you an opportunity to get to know and work with other motivated students who become your friends, and faculty who become your mentors. You become part of a vital learning community that extends beyond the classroom walls. The Honors Program provides you with a comfortable place to go within the larger university, a home base that is friendly and supportive. Please read our short brochure, available in PDF format.

Benefits of the Honors Program:

  • Greater involvement in the cultural, intellectual, and social life of the University
  • Opportunity to work with great professors and motivated students
  • Small classes
  • Priority registration until graduation
  • Recognition at graduation with a medallion and certificate
  • Recognition on your diploma and transcripts
  • Upper-division theme classes taught by two professors per class
  • Personalized academic advising and guidance
  • Opportunity to live in Honors House as a first-year freshman

We offer two different ways to graduate with Honors at Chico State:

Honors GE Planning/Advising:


Spring 2016 Instructor Office Hours

Tricia Sweet

W 12:45-1:45PM
Th 1:30-2:30PM
F 12:45-2:45PM

John Mahoney

M 10:00-11:00AM
Tu 11:00-12:00PM
W 12:00-1:00PM

Or By Appointment

Heather Altfeld

M 11:00-1:00PM
W 11:00-1:00PM

THESE ONLY: Wednesday 1:00-2:15PM

Honors Students awarded the Rawlins Merit Award

Six Honors students were awarded the prestigious Rawlins Merit Award, one of the largest and most prestigious at CSU, Chico and recognizes scholarship, extracurricular activities and professionally related and academic accomplishments. Faculty members nominate the recipients, who receive scholarships of $3,000. Congratulations to Angela Breining, Aleksander Irvin, Darion Johnston, Nicole McCallister, Lily Mirespassi and Lindsay Olds for this outstanding achievement! Click here for more information about the Rawlins Merit Award.

Honors Professor Selected for Global Poetry Prize

California State University, Chico professor Heather Altfeld has received the inaugural Poets at Work Book Prize for her first poetry collection, “The Disappearing Theatre.”


Research & Creativity Award Winners

Congratulations to the Winners of the Provost's Research & Creativity Awards for Spring 2015 and Summer 2015!

On the Feeble Attempt to Teach Beauty

Click here to check out this article in the North American Review that Professor Heather Altfeld wrote on teaching "Beauty."

Honors Office New Location

MLIB 171

Honors Spotlight

Student Awards for Research & Creativity