Honors Program Overview

Honors Program Overview

The Honors Program

Honors Seminar StudentsThe Cosumnes River Honors Program is designed specifically for academically accomplished students and for those students with the potential for high achievement. The program provides opportunities for intellectual growth, beyond those generally found in most undergraduate programs, through special Honors courses. Designed to offer motivated students a chance to build for themselves an outstanding freshman and sophomore education, these special one- to three-unit courses have a limited enrollment, providing students with an enhanced opportunity to work closely with faculty and to build relationships with fellow students.

Students who complete 15 units or more in honors-designated courses will earn special recognition as an Honors Scholar, a distinction that may entitle the student to guaranteed transfer and scholarship opportunities at select transfer colleges and universities.  For more information regarding the Honors Scholar Program, see the Honors Scholar Program section of the CRC College Catalog.

Honors Courses

The Honors Program offers one-unit seminars, three-unit seminars, and three-unit lecture courses.

Honors Lecture Courses

Honors lecture courses rigorously address topics within the general curriculum and satisfy specific general education requirements at CRC, California State University campuses, and the University of California. They provide the same benefits as ordinary general education courses, but offer opportunities for additional intellectual growth and greater faculty-student engagement as well.

Honors Seminars

Honors Seminar StudentsHonors seminars comprise the heart of the CRC Honors Program experience. Modeled on the freshman and sophomore seminars at the University of California, they provide the same opportunities for CRC students: experience in a small, rigorous course that challenges them to do bold, original, and creative thinking, confront cutting-edge theories and primary research, and express themselves in classroom exchanges and critical papers. In ordinary lecture classes, faculty are almost exclusively responsible for delivering curriculum to students. In seminars, students share this responsibility with the faculty and become highly active participants in the teaching-learning process. Seminar students are expected to research issues of critical relevance to their course of study and present their findings for seminar discussion. Honors seminars are often interdisciplinary in nature and present advanced topics outside or beyond the general curriculum. Wherever possible, these seminars make use of off-campus activities such as field trips to academic and cultural events to further enhance the learning experience. The CRC Honors Program offers both one- and three-unit seminars.

The Three-Unit Seminars. These courses offer a semester-long seminar experience and are created to satisfy specific general education requirements at CRC, California State University campuses, and the University of California.

The One-Unit Seminars. These courses are intensive and provide the seminar experience over four to six weeks. One-unit seminars provide significant opportunities for educational enrichment but generally do not satisfy specific general education requirements at CRC, California State University campuses, or the University of California.


For a complete list of Honors courses and detailed course information, including information about general education applicability, see the Honors section of the CRC Catalog.

For a schedule of upcoming Honors courses, see the Honors section of the CRC Class Schedule. Note that you may also find additional Honors courses listed in the Class Schedule under specific areas of study including Biology, Communication Studies, English, Film Studies, Humanities, Mathematics, and Philosophy.

Admission to the Honors Program. The Honors Program is a restricted admissions program; only students admitted to the Honors Program are eligible to complete Honors courses. Prospective Honors students should possess the ability to think and work independently, to write clearly and purposefully, and to cooperate in the spirit of discovery and understanding. The Honors Program encourages applications from all interested students and enrolls individuals into the program based on evidence of their potential to benefit from, and contribute to, Honors courses. For further information, see Applying to Honors.