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University Honors Program

Honors Program

  • Are Fall Semester Honors Courses in-person or online?

    FULLY IN-PERSON (in accordance with health and safety guidelines):

    HNRS 198, "On Memory," taught by Professor Altfeld. This section is reserved for first-time freshmen. The course meets on campus on Tuesdays and Thursdsays from 9:30-10:45am.  This course fulfills GE Area C2.

    HNRS 399, section 1, "Thesis," taught by Professor Altfeld. This a two-semester capstone course for students in their final year of the program, and is intended for students intending to write a thesis that relies mostly on qualitative data: e.g., Arts and Humanities and Social Science theses that use less numerical data.  This course meet on campus on Mondays from 12:00-12:50pm. This course can fulfill any Upper-Division GE Area: contact the Honors Advisor to identify the most appropriate GE Area for your degree plan.

    HNRS 399, section 2, "Thesis," taught by Professor Bailey.  This a two-semester capstone course for students in their final year of the program, and is intended for students intending to write a thesis that relies primarily upon quantitative data and experiments: e.g. STEM and Social Science theses that use more numerical data.  This course meet on campus on Mondays from 3:00-3:50pm.  This course can fulfill any Upper-Division GE Area: contact the Honors Advisor to identify the most appropriate GE Area for your degree plan.

    FULLY IN-PERSON OR FULLY ONLINE (in accordance with health and safety guidelines) 

    HNRS 201W, "Beauty," taught by Professors Altfeld and Pluth. The in-person section of this course is reserved for first time freshmen who will meet on campus on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00-5:15pm.  The concurrent online section is open to all Honors students and will meet on Zoom from Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00-5:15pm. This course can fulfill either of the following GE Areas: A2, C1, C2, or E. Contact the Honors Advisor to identify the most appropriate GE Area for your degree plan.

    FULLY ONLINE

    HNRS 200CW, 200DW, and 200EW, "Honors Survey of Civilization," taught by Professors Monfort and Sweet.  This nine-unit, fully online course, meets on Zoom on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00-11:50am.  This course can fulfill three of the following GE Areas: A2, C1, C2, D1, D2, or E.  Contact the Honors Advisor to identify the most appropriate GE Areas for your degree plan.

    HNRS 202, "Nature," taught by Professors Pechkis and Sweet.  This fully online course meets on Zoom on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-4:45pm.  This course can fulfill either of the following GE Areas: B1, B2, C2, or E. Contact the Honors Advisor to identify the most appropriate GE Area for your degree plan.

    HNRS 320, "Science and Human Values," taught by Professors Mahlis and Miller.  This fully online course meets on Zoom on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30-1:45pm.  This course can fulfill either Upper-Division GE Area B or C. Contact the Honors Advisor to identify the most appropriate GE Area for your degree plan.

    All Spring 2022 Honors Courses are currently being scheduled fully in-person, in accordance with health and safety guidelines.

Meet with the Director
Honors Program Director Jason Nice is available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:00-12:00 (or by appointment).  Click here to join Professor Nice's Zoom Office Hours.

The Honors Program, also called Honors in General Education, adds value to a Chico State degree and enhances opportunities after graduation by providing an innovative, inclusive, and challenging interdisciplinary arts and sciences education that culminates in an integrative capstone project. The program attracts and supports an inquisitive and diverse group of first-year, transfer, and international students through personalized advising, engaged faculty, and intentional community.

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Benefits of the Honors Program

The Honors Program offers students a special way to complete requirements for graduation. There are no additional costs or fees to participate in the Honors Program, but students who complete the program receive special recognition that makes their degree from Chico State even more valuable.

  • Greater involvement in the cultural, intellectual, and social life of the University
  • Opportunity to work with great professors and motivated students
  • Priority registration until graduation
  • Recognition at graduation with a medallion and certificate
  • Recognition on your diploma and transcripts
  • Personalized academic advising and guidance
  • Opportunity to live in Honors Housing
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