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Honors Courses

Honors Courses:

Honors courses are offered to our students to provide a smaller class size that allows an enriching opportunity for discussion and engagement with faculty.  While you can view all Honors classes here and class registration dates here, we will provide an updated list of Honors course offerings via e-mail and on this site (directly below) each quarter. Questions about non-Honors courses should be directed to your major advisor. If you have questions about Honors courses, please contact your designated Honors Counselor.

Current Honors Course Offerings: Fall 2018

We will update this pdf during registration for the subsequent quarter.  Always check for the most up-to-date times/call numbers or other information related to any courses as information on the pdf may differ or change within any given quarter. 

Honors Course Breadth Resource Sheet: 

You may view a list of all Honors courses that have been approved by the colleges to count for breadth here.  Always double check with your academic adviser to confirm. The courses may or may not be offered within any given year. To check if a course is being offered in the current quarter, please refer to the Current Honors Course Offering pdf above.

Types of Honors Courses:

Ignition Seminar: 

These courses (HNPG015) are capped at 15 students and are designed to “ignite” the minds of our first-year Honors students by covering a variety of subjects from an interdisciplinary perspective. This course is only offered to first-year Honors students and is an incredible opportunity to engage in close discussion and learning with faculty and peers as an undergraduate student.

Honors Core Course: 

These courses generally begin with "HNPG" (though there are exceptions) and are classes that are required during your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd years. To view which quarter and year you are required to take an Honors core course, please view the information for each class year.  To follow is a brief overview of all Honors core courses.

  • HNPG015: Required course for 1st year Honors students. These are called "Ignition Seminars" and are designed to "ignite" the mind as you start University Honors.  You get to choose from an array of interdisciplinary topics and discuss them with faculty in a small course (no more than 15 students) with fellow Honors students.  A rare opportunity for freshmen as most lower division courses are comprised of lectures with hundreds of students. 
  • HNPG002A: Required for 2nd year Honors students. The course centers on civic engagement and assists students in exploring timely issues in society and how to approach them from an interdisciplinary lens and research perspective.  
  • HNPG002B/C: Optional courses for 2nd year Honors students that allows you to continue your work on a civic engagement project over two additional quarters. 
  • HNPG150: Required course for 3rd year Honors students (if you will be graduating in 3 years, you would take this your 2nd year with permission from University Honors).  This course provides students with the tools to start their own capstone project.  You will hear from various faculty about how they have started in their own research and learn how to work with faculty to pursue your own idea. 
  • HNPG151: Required course for 3rd year Honors students  (if you will be graduating in 3 years, you would take this your 2nd year with permission from University Honors). This course is comprised of discussion groups organized by discipline of your capstone project.  You will enroll in the section that aligns with your capstone project and work with fellow Honors students and faculty as you further develop your capstone project. 
Honors Discussion Section: 

Students enrolled in an Honors section may attend a regular lecture with the rest of the class, but have their discussion section with the professor instead of a graduate student. This section is made up of similarly motivated Honors students and provides a rich environment to expand the breadth and depth of your learning with close faculty interaction and lively discussions.  These classes are typically designated by an “H” in the course title (e.g., SOC001H) and generally count towards your 8 units of Honors elective requirements (for those Honors students who have this requirement).

Honors Research Units: 

As an Honors student, you get even more opportunities through your research or capstone project. You can apply to get Honors elective units for your research/capstone project at UCR as a 3rd, 4th, or 5th year student (or if you have junior or senior standing according to your units) through our HNPG195H/197H Enrollment & Contract form.  This option is currently NOT available for 1st or 2nd year Honors students working on a research/capstone project. The paperwork required to get units for your research can be found HERE

As an option, enrolling in HNPG195H/197H can also be used to satisfy up to 4 units of the Honors elective requirement.  You can enroll in more than 4 units of HNPG 195H or HNPG 197H, but up to 4 units can go towards the 8 unit Honors elective requirement (please note that not all Honors students are required to complete 8 units, only those students who have started Honors as a first-year or second-year student). If you have questions about this, please contact your designated Honors counselor.

Students wishing to enroll in HNPG195H/197H should already have a research/capstone project & faculty mentor.  Students are required to make an appointment with their designated Honors Counselor before week 6 of any given quarter to discuss this option before filling out the paperwork.  The form is due in Week 6 of the quarter PRECEDING the quarter in which you would like to get research units. 

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