University Honors

University Honors Office

Coyote Village, Room 135
(909) 537-7472

The University Honors Program at California State University, San Bernardino offers specialized courses and other enrichment opportunities for highly motivated students who seek an intellectual challenge. Most honors courses fulfill the general education requirements which all students at the university must meet; however, the curriculum is designed to add depth and breadth to the undergraduate course of study. Honors students are encouraged to take an active role in their own learning process, to think about problems they will face in creating the future, and to explore their roles in addressing these problems. Integration of subject matter across the curriculum is a primary goal of the program. Students will be encouraged to develop thinking skills and to use these skills in analyzing and evaluating problems of contemporary society. Honors students will have:

  • Special academic advising;
  • Priority registration;
  • The opportunity to participate in honors activities such as lectures, concerts and art exhibits;
  • Honors courses in basic skills such as expository writing, oral communication, critical thinking, and philosophy;
  • Honors seminars which promote interaction among students and faculty;
  • Honors courses in specific academic disciplines and interdisciplinary areas.

Admission to the Program

Incoming freshmen are invited to apply to the University Honors Program once they are admitted to the university.  Admission to the program depends on meeting a combination of GPA and test score requirements that are combined into an Eligibility Index Score.  Students taking the the SAT must have a minimum EI score of 3920, while students taking the ACT must have a minimum score of 938 to be invited to apply to the program.  To calculate your EI score, use on of the following formulas:

(a-g GPA x 800) + SAT Score

(a-g GPA x 200) + ACT Score

Transfer students must have a GPA of 3.5 for admission to the program.  The application for transfer students consists of a resume, a statement of purpose, and a short essay in response to a prompt provided by the director.  Applicants will also supply two letters of recommendation.

University Honors Program

Requirements of the Program

To remain in good standing in the Honors Program, students are expected to maintain a grade point average of 3.3 ("B+") overall.

Requirements for students who enter the Honors Program as freshmen (38)
HON 104ALanguage and Meaning: Critical Thinking4
HON 104BLanguage and Meaning: Introduction to Philosophy4
HON 104CLanguage and Meaning: Oral Communication4
HON 105AHonors Colloquium1
HON 105BHonors Colloquium1
HON 105CHonors Colloquium1
HON 205AHonors Seminar1
HON 205BHonors Seminar1
HON 205CHonors Seminar1
A senior project in a department4
Sixteen additional units of which eight must be upper-division, chosen from honors-designated courses.16
Requirements for students who enter the Honors Program as sophomores (23)
HON 205AHonors Seminar1
HON 205BHonors Seminar1
HON 205CHonors Seminar1
A senior project in a department 4
Sixteen additional units of which eight must be upper-division, chosen from honors-designated courses.16
Requirements for students who enter the Honors Program as juniors (11)
HON 205AHonors Seminar1
HON 205BHonors Seminar1
HON 205CHonors Seminar1
Eight additional upper-division units chosen from honors-designated courses. 8

The information on this pdf will soon be out of date.  The program Honors program is under review and will be changing following revisions. Students should refer to the online Bulletin of Courses for updated/current information.