University Honors Program

Program Requirements

To earn Honors in General Education a student is typically required to take 12 units of lower-division Honors (HNRS) courses, and 9 units of upper-division Honors (HNRS) courses (including a two-semester capstone). As part of a redesigned Honors Program (PDF), the courses required for Honors in General Education will change in Fall 22. Continuing students will receive credit for previously taken HNRS courses, but should work with the Honors Advisor or Director to carefully plan the remaining courses in Spring 22, Fall 22, and beyond.   

For first-time freshmen who started in Fall 21 (who have an Area F Ethnic Studies requirement), please avoid completing your Area F Ethnic Studies requirement in your first two years at Chico State. Instead, please plan on taking MCGS/HNRS 300 Ethnic Studies Methodologies in your third year.  

Spring 22 HNRS courses

HNRS 203W, Justice (GE Area A2, C2, D1, D2, or E), in person 

HNRS 204, Truth (GE Area A3, C2, D1, D2, or E and GC), online synchronous

HNRS/MCGS 300, Ethnic Studies Methodologies (No GE Area until Spring 23), online synchronous

HNRS 320W, Science and Human Values (GE Area UD-B), in person

HNRS 330W, Mind in the Machine (GE Area UD-B), in person

HNRS 399HW, Thesis, sec. 01 (Any GE Area), online asynchronous

HNRS 399HW, Thesis, sec. 02 (Any GE Area), in person

Fall 22 and beyond HNRS courses

HNRS 100, Communication and Social Change, (GE Area A1), two sections 

HNRS 101, Arts (GE Area C1 and GC), two sections 

HNRS 102W, Humanities (GE Area C2), two sections

HNRS 350, Multidisciplinary Science (GE Area UD-B), one section 

HNRS 390, Interdisciplinary Thesis or Creative Project I (GE Area UD-D), two sections 

HNRS 392, Leadership, Power, and Change: Theory” (GE Area UD-C), one section

Spring 23 and beyond HNRS courses

HNRS 102W, Humanities (GE Area C2)

HNRS 103, Physical Sciences (GE Area B1)

HNRS/MCGS 300, Ethnic Studies Methodologies (GE Area F)

HNRS 350, Multidisciplinary Science (GE Area UD-B)

HNRS 390, Interdisciplinary Thesis or Creative Project II (GE Area UD-C)

HNRS 392, Leadership, Power, and Change: Theory to Pratice” (GE Area UD-D)

Notes for Continuing Students

For juniors or seniors who need to fulfill another lower-division HNRS course requirement, consider taking HNRS/MCGS 300 Ethnic Studies Methodologies in Spring 22.

For juniors or seniors with a UD-B major course substitution, consider taking HNRS/MCGS 300 Ethnic Studies Methodologies in Spring 22.

For students who have already completed UD-C or UD-D with an existing HNRS course, in 22-23 plan to sign up for HNRS 392 (UD-C, Fall) or HNRS 393 (UD-D, Spring). 

For students who have already taken HNRS 340 but no other upper-division HNRS courses, then either

  1. Take HNRS 320, 330, or the new HNRS 350 for Area B; and then plan to take either HNRS 392 or 393 (for the other Area C or D, whichever one isn't fulfilled with HNRS 340).
  2. Take both semesters of either the thesis or leadership capstone, and then take UD-B in a non-Honors class.

If a student has already taken HNRS 340 and another upper-division Honors course, then plan to enroll in one semester of either HNRS 392 or 393 to complete Area C and D (unless of course the student would like to take both semesters of the leadership or thesis capstones).


Existing lower-division courses (choose four):

Lower-Division Honors Courses
Course NumberCourse NameSemester OfferedGE Disciplinary AreasPathways
HNRS 198On MemoryFall 21C2
HNRS 200CW GCHonors Survey of Civilization*FallAny C or A2FS, GNS, GDS, GBI, IS, STV, S
HNRS 200DW GCHonors Survey of Civilization*FallAny D or A2FS, GNS, GDS, GBI, IS, STV, S
HNRS 200EW GCHonors Survey of Civilization*FallE or A2FS, GNS, GDS, GBI, IS, STV, S
HNRS 201WBeautyFallA2, C1, C2 or EFS, GBI, STV
HNRS 202NatureFallB1, B2, C2 or EFS, GBI, STV, S
HNRS 203WJusticeSpringA2, C2, D1, D2 or EFS, DS, HW, GDS, GBI, STV, S, EJP, IS
HNRS 204 GCTruthSpringA3, C2, D1, D2 or EFS, HW, GNS, GDS, GBI, IS, STV, S

Existing upper-division courses (choose three):

Upper-Division Honors Courses
Course NumberCourse NameSemester OfferedGE Disciplinary AreasPathways
HNRS 320WScience & Human ValuesSpringUD-B or UD-CDS, EJP, GBI, STV, GNS
HNRS 330WMind in the MachineSpringUD-B or UD-DHW, GBI, STV
HNRS 340W USDMen, Women & the LandSpringUD-C or UD-DGBI, STV, S, FS, GNS
Upper-Division Honors Thesis Courses
Course NumberCourse NameSemester OfferedGE Disciplinary AreasPathways
HNRS 399WThe Fall Honors Thesis CourseFallAny**Any**
HNRS 399WThe Spring Honors Thesis CourseSpringAny**Any**

*An Honors in the Major thesis may be substituted for the University Honors thesis requirement; in that case, students take one or two non-Honors upper-division courses that, with the upper-division Honors seminars, complete a Pathway.

**Subject to approval of the appropriate Pathway coordinator.

Future Honors Program, from Fall 22

Note: all existing HNRS courses will count towards future required courses.

Revised Honors Program

GPA Requirement

In addition to making satisfactory progress toward meeting course requirements described above, participation in the University Honors Program requires the maintenance of 3.3 GPA throughout the college career.

  • Students whose GPA falls below 3.3 but remains above 3.0 will be placed on Honors probation and allowed to remain in the Honors Program if they make satisfactory progress toward improving their GPA.
  • Students whose GPA falls below 3.0 will be removed from the program.
  • In order to earn University Honors at graduation, the final GPA must be 3.3 or above.

Study Abroad

Studying abroad is a valuable experience, and the Honors Program encourages its students to spend a semester or academic year abroad. Honors students may complete lower-division or upper-division Area B abroad.

Students interested in studying abroad should contact CSU, Chico Study Abroad to find out about program options, requirements, and application procedures. Students should then contact the Honors Faculty Advisor to discuss their plans.