Current Honors Students

The Honors Program undertook some significant changes that went into effect Fall 2013. We are very excited about the redesign and new courses. For those of you who entered the program before the changes, knowing what requirements apply to you may be unclear. Read the "crosswalk" below to see if it answers your questions.


If you entered CSU Chico in Fall 2013 or later:

Your requirements are just those described in “University Honors”.


If you entered CSU Chico in Fall 2012  or Spring 2013:

Your total unit requirements have dropped from 27 units to 24 units. You have two options.

Option 1: You may complete your 24 unit requirement by taking courses from HNRS 120 (9 units), HNRS 201, 202, 203 and 204 to complete a total of 15 lower division units. Then you will take two upper division Honors courses (3 units each) and either HNRS 399H (3 units), the one-semester Honors thesis or HNRS 340 (3 units), Men Women and the Land. Note that you must take three upper-division courses from a single pathway. These may all be Honors courses, but you may also use non-Honors courses to complete the Pathway requirement.

Option 2: You may complete your 24 unit requirement by taking courses from HNRS 120 (9 units), HNRS 201, 202, 203 and 204 to complete a total of 12 lower division units. As a junior you will take two upper division Honors courses (3 units each), and as a senior you will take HNRS 399H (3 units) and HNRS 499H (3 units), which collectively are the year-long Honors thesis. Note that your thesis should be appropriate for a Pathway associated with one of the upper division Honors courses you take as a junior.


If you entered CSU Chico before Fall 2012:

You should have completed all your lower division requirements. You will be expected to complete three upper division Honors courses one of which may be HNRS 399H (3 units), the one-semester Honors thesis.

If you plan to study abroad:

You can expect to get up to two courses from abroad to substitute as upper division Honors courses upon approval by the Honors Advisor. If you entered the university in the Fall of 2012 or later, you must get those courses approved by a Pathway coordinator, and the Honors program will honor that substitution. Typically, you will complete an upper division Honors course associated with area UD-B at CSU Chico. If you are pursuing Option 2 and do not complete UD-B abroad or with your thesis, you may substitute an HNRS UD-B course for HNRS 399H. Anyone pursuing Option 2 who is granted substitution from abroad will be expected to substantially incorporate their study abroad experience in their thesis. Note also that, to be counted for a Pathway minor, study abroad courses must be approved by a Pathway coordinator.