Honors Requirements

Staying in the Program

To remain in Honors, a student must

  • Do at least two Honors Experiences each year until the student has completed the Program
  • Maintain at least a 3.5 grade point average (Please note, the requirement prior to 2017 was 3.6).

Completing the Program

Beginning in summer 2017, the Honors Program changed the requirements for “completing” Honors and being eligible for the Academic Excellence Award at graduation:

For students who joined the Honors Program as first-years (not transfers) or as second-years in 2017 and beyond

The Goal of Honors:  a “Capstone” Experience

The focus of the  Honors Program is to encourage students to use the Honors Experiences to explore UCSB from a liberal arts perspective, find a major they are passionate about, and, through Honors Sections, Seminars, and Contracts, to build close contacts with faculty.  The explicit goal of the program is to mentor students into some kind of transformative capstone academic experience.  For many, this will be departmental honors, leading to Distinction in the Major.  For some, it might be a year-long study abroad or studying in Washington, DC via the UCDC Program or in Sacramento through UCCS.  For other students, it might mean participating in research, culminating in a paper submitted for publication, a conference presentation, or participation in the UCSB Undergraduate Research Colloquium.  Other students might participate in an intensive internship program such as the INT 184 PD-Honors Introduction to Medicine.  Some students might participate in or even design a significant community service project or leadership experience. 

Although a capstone is a goal for Honors students, it is not a formal requirement.  Rather, it is the Program’s hope that students will participate in UCSB’s mission to discover knowledge as it serves the state, the nation, and the world.

 

For all Honors students who joined Honors before 2017 and students who joined Honors in the fall of their third year (as well as transfers) in 2017

Joined Program as a

Total Honors Experiences

Upper Division Honors Experiences

Community Service Hours

Grade Point Average

First-year, prior to 2017

9

5

40

3.6

Second-year, prior to 2017

7

5

40

3.6

Third-year, in 2017

5

5

20

3.6

Transfer, in 2017

5

5

20

3.6

Academic Excellence Award

About the Award

Also known as "completing the program," the Academic Excellence Award is awarded to Honors Program students who complete the requirements of the program. The award is noted on recipients' transcripts and in the souvenir program distributed at the Honors Program’s Commencement Reception. Recipients also receive a certificate from the College of Letters and Science.

How to Receive the Award

In order to receive the Academic Excellence Award, you must file a petition with the Honors Program during the first two weeks of your final quarter at UCSB (you will list any honors courses in progress). “Intent to Complete the Honors Program” forms are available in the College Advising Office (1117 Cheadle), or you can download a blank copy of the form here:

Keep in mind that, in order to be approved for the award, you must have maintained continued eligibility for the Honors Program during your time at UCSB, and you must complete the program requirements by the time your degree is finalized.