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– Mahatma Gandhi
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.
Each department administers its own Honors in the Major program. Please contact your major department or major advisor for more information (see department phone numbers below). If you are interested in participating in the Honors in the Major program but your major is not listed, please contact your department chair.
Majors Offering HIM
|Agricultural Business||Economics||Nutrition and Food Science|
|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|
|Child Development||Kinesiology||Theatre Arts|
Courses offered for Honors in the Major
|Department||Phone||Course Name||Course #|
|Accounting and Management
|530-898-6463||Honors Seminar in Accounting
Honors Seminar in MIS
Honors in Management
Honors Research in Agriculture
Honors in Human Culture Diversity
|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
|Computer Science||530-898-6442||Honors Research Project/Thesis||CSCI 499H|
Construction Methods Analysis - Honors
History of Economic Thought - Honors
Earthquake and Wind Engineering - Honors
|Engineering, Electrical & Computer||530-898-5343||Honors Project||EECE 499H|
|Engineering, Mechanical||530-898-5346||Mechanical Engineering Design Project I
|Engineering, Mechatronic||530-898-5346||Mechatronic Engineering Design Project I
Honors Senior Thesis
|Finance & Marketing||530-898-5666||Honors in Finance
Honors Seminar in Marketing
Honors in International Business
|French||530-898-5388||Senior Honors Thesis||FREN 499H|
|Geography & Planning||530-898-5285||Special Topics - Honors
Honors Research in Geography
|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
|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
|Kinesiology||530-898-6373||Exercise Testing and Prescription - Honors
Seminar in Sports Medicine - Honors
Biomechanical Analysis - Honors
Physical Education Honors Senior Research
|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
|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
|Social Work||530-898-6204||Honors in Social Work||SWRK 499H|
|Sociology||530-898-6384||Sociology World Affairs: Honors
Honors in Sociology
|Spanish||530-898-5388||Spanish Honors Seminar
Spanish Honors Thesis
|Theatre Arts||530-898-6161||Independent Study for Honors
Independent Study for Honors
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.
Note: This Program is not available to Freshman Students.
To apply for Honors in the Major you need to speak with the Honors advisor for that major.