Welcome to the University Honors Program

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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.

Spring 2015 Honors Courses

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:


Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2015!

We are now accepting applications for incoming freshman for Fall 2015! Click here for information and how to apply.

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!

Current Honors Students & the Honors Program Redesign.

Click here to find out how the newly redesigned Honors Program will work for you.

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

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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.


2014 Honors Fall Welcome

Every Fall, Director John Mahoney and the honors faculty host an event as a "Welcome" to our new Honors students and a "Welcome Back" to our continuing students. On August 24th, from 4:00-6:00PM, we held this event at Selvester's Café. The event was a complete success attended by almost  200 students, faculty and staff. The President greeted the new and returning honors students who, in addition to the wonderful raffle prizes, were treated to fine Chinese cuisine from Chan Pheng's followed with a favorite local ice cream from Schubert's.


Honors Open House

In February, The Honors Program, First Year Experience, and The Office of Civic Engagement held an open house to showcase their programs.


Honors Spotlight

Student Spotlights