University of California, Riverside

University Honors

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Discover (You)CR

During a student's first year, University Honors (UH) invites you to Discover (YOU)CR; to live, learn, and explore the campus, make new friends, and begin to challenge yourself with new ideas and world views. The first year program optimizes learning opportunities inside and outside of the classroom to challenge students to think critically, analyze problems, and begin to articulate the bridge between academia and the larger community. Through a rigorous Honors curriculum and co-curricular activities with UH faculty, students, and staff, we hope to excite your imagination, provide new vistas on the past, present, and future, and ignite the life of your mind.

Requirements for Completion (Subject to Change)

During the first year, we ask our students to commit to achieving the following objectives:

  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.000.
  • Demonstrate creativity and critical thinking by participating in first year Honors courses, discussion sections, and seminars, developing written, oral and presentation skills in class discussions, and in critically evaluating readings and other course materials.
  • Become involved in the cultural, intellectual, and artistic life of the campus, and build familiarity the campus' resources and services available to students.
  • Engage in a process of discovery and exploration of your personal goals, talents, passions, and achievements. Reflect on your own values, perspectives, and influences, and entertain the values, perspectives, and influences of others.
  • Demonstrate awareness of the society around you, as well as how the challenges of current events, domestic and international, embody diverse values and perspectives.
  • Develop our UH Community and contribute to its efforts.
  • Course Work
    • Honors core course (course title & call# TBD) in Spring
    • HNPG 015: 1 Ignition Seminar (4 Units) in either Fall or Winter 
  • Professional Development
    • Meet with your Honors Counselor. 
    • Participate in UH sponsored activities and fully participate in UH Community.

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Tel: (951) 827-1012

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2316 Olmsted Hall

Tel: (951) 827-5323
Fax: (951) 827-5320

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