Honors Program

Learn, grow, achieve GLOBALLY

 

The Palo Alto College Honors Program challenges high-achieving students to fully engage with their courses, their college, their community, and beyond. The Honors Program consists of 12 hours of course work in small classes with mentoring by dedicated faculty. Not only do honors courses bring a global perspective to learning, but there are also opportunities for travel to local and national conferences and cultural events. In addition, students can participate in community service activities at home and abroad. By making the world their classroom, honors students experience first-hand what it means to be a citizen of today's vibrant global culture.

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Benefits

  • Priority registration
  • Small classes
  • Sense of community
  • Individual advising and mentoring
  • Academic research
  • Community service projects
  • Travel
  • All Honors courses taken will be indicated as such on your college transcripts, whether it’s one or every Honors course offered. Complete 12 units of Honors-designated courses and you will be recognized as an Honors Graduate on your transcripts and at graduation.

Admissions Requirements

  • TSI Placement into college-level English
  • A high school or college GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale
  • A written personal statement
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Fall 2018 Honors Courses

As an Honors student, you can pick one Honors course to add to your  schedule each semester. An Honors faculty member will contact you and enroll you in the course.

Course Dates CRN Instructor
BIOL 1308 – Intro Biology for non-majors TTH 9:30–10:45 a.m. 35867 Dr. Lance Sandberg
BIOL 1406 – Intro Biology for STEM majors Class - TTH 11 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Lab - TH 9:30 a.m.–noon
35942  Dr. Robert Miranda
CHEM 1411 – Intro to Chemistry Class - MW 9:30–10:45 a.m.
Lab - M 12:30–3 p.m.
24706 Dr. Stamatis Muratidis
EDUC 1300 – Learning Frameworks (Honors Oriented)  TTH 9:30–10:45 a.m. 27340 Dr. Daniel Rodriguez
EDUC 1300 - Learning Frameworks (Honors and STEM oriented)  MW 11 a.m.–12:15 p.m. 27323 Dr. Rose Zambrano
 ENGL 1301-178 – English Composition I  TTH 9:30–10:45 a.m. 27988  Caroline Mains
ENGL 1302-057 – English Composition II (Prerequisite: Passing grade in ENGL 1301)  MW 2–3:15 p.m. 16358 Lisa Treviño
ENGL 2322-016 – Intro to British Literature I (Prerequisite: C or better in ENGL 1301/1302) MW 11 a.m.–12:15 p.m.  25940 Jenny Scheidt 
HIST 1301 – U.S. History I TTH 11 a.m.–12:15 p.m. 33129 Tori Beckman-Wilson
MATH 1414 – College Algebra TTH 12:30–2:10 p.m. 15028 Dr. Monette Elizalde

 

FAQ

Does participation in an Honors Program matter?

Yes! Every Honors course you take will be annotated on your transcripts. If you complete 12 units of Honors-designated courses from our program and you'll be recognized as an Honors Graduate both on your transcripts and at graduation. Whether you take one Honors course or complete the four-course Honors sequence, participation in the Palo Alto College Honors Program demonstrates your intellectual curiosity and your commitment to academic achievement.

Will college Honors be like honors courses in high school?

No. There is usually a world of difference between high school and college honors courses. In many high schools, honors courses are the normal courses "made harder" with extra readings, extra assignments, and more rigorous grading. At college, honors courses are specially "enriched" courses, not normal courses made "harder." Grading standards are the same as in non-honors college courses.

I’m no genius; will honors courses be too hard for me?

As an honors student, you will gain confidence in your academic abilities through ongoing faculty mentoring, experiencing the personal attention provided by small honors classes, and working with other honors students.

Won’t my college GPA suffer if I join the Honors Program?

No. Honors courses aren't graded harder (or easier) than other college courses. A student who averages a 3.5 in regular courses will probably earn a 3.5 GPA for honors courses, too. In fact, data from schools similar to Palo Alto College indicates that most students maintain or improve their GPA's after participating in the Honors Program.