Honors in the Major

The Honors in the Major program allows you to work closely with a faculty mentor in your area of interest on an original research or performance project. This year-long collaboration allows you to work in your field at a professional level and culminates in a public presentation of your work. Students sometimes take their projects beyond the university for submission in professional journals, presentation at conferences, or competition in shows. Such experience is valuable for graduate school and professional life. Your honors work will be recognized at your graduation, on your permanent transcripts, and on your diploma. It is often accompanied by letters of commendation from your mentor in the department or the department chair.

Academic Plan

While Honors in the Major is part of the University Honors Program, each department administers its own program. Please contact your major department or major advisor for more details on the program, qualifications, and procedures for admission (see department phone numbers below). If you are interested in participating in the Honors Program but your major is not listed, please contact the Honors Program.

Majors Offering HIM

Majors
Agricultural Business Economics Nutrition and Food Science
Agriculture Engineering Philosophy
Anthropology English Psychology
Applied Computer Graphics French Recreation Administration
Art and Art History Geography and Planning Religious Studies
Asian Studies Geosciences Social Science
Biological Science Health and Community Services Social Work
Business History Sociology
Chemistry Humanities Spanish
Child Development Kinesiology Theatre Arts
Communication Mathematics
Computer Science Nursing

Courses offered for Honors in the Major

Department Phone Course Name Course #
Accounting and Management
Information Systems
530-898-6463 Honors Seminar in Accounting
Honors Seminar in MIS 
Honors in Management 
ACCT 499H
MINS 499H
MGMT 499H 
Agriculture 530-898-5844

Honors Research in Agriculture
Honors Independent Study in Agriculture Business
Honors Independent Study in Animal Science

AGRI 499H
ABUS 488H
ANSC 499H

Anthropology 530-898-6192

Honors in Human Culture Diversity
Proseminar in the History of Theory
  and Method in Anthropology - Honors
Honors in Anthropology 

ANTH 113H
ANTH 496H

ANTH 499H 

Applied Computer Graphics 530-898-5963 Honors Project APCG 499H
Art 530-898-5331 Honors Project ARTS 499H
Asian Studies 530-898-6062 Honors in Asian Studies ASST 499H
Biological Sciences 530-898-5356 Honors Research in Biological Sciences BIOL 499H
Business Administration 530-898-6272 Honors Seminar in Business BADM 499H
Chemistry 530-898-5259 Honors Research Project CHEM 499H
Child Development 530-898-5250 Honors Senior Seminar in Child Development
Honors Independent Study
CHLD 495H
CHLD 499H
Communication
530-898-4015 Senior Honors
Senior Honors 
COMM 399H
COMM 499H
Computer Science
530-898-6442 Honors Research Project/Thesis CSCI 499H
Construction Management
530-898-5216

Contruction Methods Analysis - Honors
Legal Aspects of Construction - Honors
Honors Project in Construction Management

CMGT 332H
CMGT 460H
CMGT 499H 

Economics
530-898-6141

History of Economic Thought - Honors
Theory of Money - Honors
Public Finance: Theory and Policy - Honors
Industrial Organization - Honors
Urban-Regional Economics - Honors
Environmental and Natural Resource Economics - Honors
International Economics - Honors
Introductory Econometrics - Honors
Economic Forecasting - Honors
Honors Independent Study in Economics

ECON 410H
ECON 431H
ECON 435H
ECON 450H
ECON 462H
ECON 466H
ECON 470H
ECON 481H
ECON 483H
ECON 499H

Engineering, Civil
530-898-5342

Earthquake and Wind Engineering - Honors
Honors Project

CIVL 558H
CIVL 499H
Engineering, Electrical & Computer
530-898-5343 Honors Project EECE 499H
Engineering, Mechanical
530-898-5346 Mechanical Engineering Design Project I
  - Honors
Honors Project 
MECH 440H

MECH 499H 
Engineering, Mechatronic
530-898-5346 Mechatronic Engineering Design Project I
  - Honors
Honors Project 
MECA 440H

MECA 499H 
English
530-898-5124 Special Topics/Honors
Honors Senior Thesis 
ENGL 498H
ENGL 599H 
Finance & Marketing
530-898-5666 Honors in Finance
Honors Seminar in Marketing
Honors in International Business 
FINA 499H
MKTG 499H
INTB 499H 
French
530-898-5388 Senior Honors Thesis FREN 499H
Geography & Planning
530-898-5285 Special Topics - Honors
Honors Research in Geography  
GEOG 398H
GEOG 499H 
Geosciences
530-898-5262 Honors Research in Geosciences GEOS 499H
Health & Community Services
530-898-6661 Research and Evaluation in Health - Honors
Management of Health Services
  Organizations - Honors
Honors in Health and Community Services 
HCSV 425H
HCSV 430H

HCSV 499H 
History
530-898-5366 Senior Honors Thesis HIST 499H
Humanities
530-898-6379 Senior Honors Research Paper HUMN 499H
Journalism
530-898-4779 Ethical Problems in Mass Media - Honors
Honors in Journalism 
JOUR 460H
JOUR 499H 
Kinesiology
530-898-6373 Exercise Testing and Prescription - Honors
Seminar in Sports Medicine - Honors
Biomechanical Analysis - Honors
Physical Education Honors Senior Research 
KINE 480H
KINE 485H
KINE 524H
KINE 599H 
Mathematics
530-898-6111 Honors Reading
Honors Thesis 
MATH 495H
MATH 499H 
Nursing
530-898-5891 Honors in Nursing Practicum NURS 399H
Nutrition and Food Science
530-898-6805 Honors Senior Thesis or Project NFSC 499H
Philosophy
530-898-6183 Senior Honor Research Paper PHIL 499H
Psychology
530-898-5147 Honors Seminar in Psychology I
Honors Seminar in Psychology II 
PSYC 399H
PSYC 499H 
Recreation Administration
530-898-6408 Honors Seminar in Recr & Parks Mgmt RECR 499H
Religious Studies
530-898-5661 Senior Honors Research Paper RELS 499H
Social Science
530-898-5688 Senior Honors Research Seminar
Honors: Behavioral/Social Science 
SOSC 495H
SOSC 499H 
Social Work
530-898-6204 Honors in Social Work SWRK 499H
Sociology
530-898-6384 Sociology World Affairs: Honors
Honors in Sociology 
SOCI 441H
SOCI 499H 
Spanish
530-898-5388 Spanish Honors Seminar
Spanish Honors Thesis 
SPAN 470H
SPAN 499H 
Theatre Arts
530-898-6161 Independent Study for Honors
Independent Study for Honors
THEA 399H
THEA 499H

General Requirements for Honors in the Major:

  • You must take six units of Honors in the Major course work.
    • All six units are Honors classes (###H), at least three of which are independent study (499H) as specified by your department; a minimum grade of a B must be achieved in each class.
  • You must have completed nine units of upper division course work or 21 overall units in your major before you can be admitted to Honors in the Major.
    • Check the requirements for your major carefully, as there may be specific courses that must be included in these units.
  • Your cumulative GPA should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5% of majors in your department.
  • Your GPA in your major should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5% of majors in your department.
  • Most students apply for, or are invited, to participate in Honors in the Major during the second semester of their junior year. They then complete the six units of course work over the two semesters of their senior year.
  • Your honors work culminates with a public presentation of your honors project.

Freshman

Note: This Program is not available to Freshman Students.

Application:

To apply for Honors in the Major you need to speak with the Honors advisor for that major, you can not apply through the Honors Department.