honors program ready for students
curriculum is ready. The faculty is in place. Now the University’s
new honors program is ready for the next phase—signing
honors program will feature undergraduate general education
courses for entering freshmen in their first four semesters
at Sacramento State. There will also be an upper-division
component of nine to 12 units that students will take in their
junior and senior years. The courses will fulfill the University’s
general education requirement.
goal is to attract highly motivated first-time freshmen and
provide a challenging liberal arts education in a small class
honors program enables us to offer an academically challenging,
ambitious program for entering students that features smaller
classes, dedicated professors and extracurricular activities,”
says George Craft, interim director of the program. “It
fills a gap—numerous programs have been created for
student athletes and disadvantaged students, but not for students
looking for something like an honors program.”
adds that the program falls in line with the Destination 2010
initiative’s goal of fostering excellent academic and
student programs and it sends a message about the University’s
commitment to academics. Craft says it will also help the
campus attract more freshmen, a charge that has become more
important in recent years.
Sacramento State program will follow the lead of other CSU
campuses and use a cohort model. The initial cohort of 60
students is scheduled to begin next fall. In addition to academic
enrichment, the cohort experience is designed to add a cultural
and social aspect to the program.
call for students to take three sections of honors courses
for the first four semesters, which will feature a combination
of brand-new honors courses and existing courses modified
to meet an honors designation.
first semester will feature an honors math course, a world
civilization course and the first of a four-semester seminar
on “great books.” Semester two will feature a
second world civilization course and a course in speech/rhetoric,
as well as continue the great books seminar.
second year is expected to include honors courses in biology,
government and social studies along with the rest of the honors
seminar. The honors classes will be structured to have global
emphasis and a significant amount of material will be non-Western
focused, Craft says.
will be held Monday through Thursday with a Friday cultural
activity such as going to a theater performance. There will
also be discussions, a newsletter and possibly an honors conference
where students can socialize with students from other universities
and present papers.
qualification criteria for students to enter the program is
a 3.5 GPA or a 1,200 on the SAT. But exceptions can be made
for students who don’t meet those criteria. The application
process includes writing an essay. Any student accepted by
the University who meets the criteria will be invited to apply
says he hopes to be able to give $500 incentive scholarships
to at least the first group of honors students.
more information on the program visit www.csus.edu/honorsprogram.