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The Honors Program is designed for academically curious students who want to pursue exacting studies in a wide range of intellectual concerns that cross disciplines and cultures. The university’s honors program combines a flexible, interdisciplinary curriculum with small discussion-centered classes. Students and faculty are encouraged to connect and share emerging ideas, drawing on shared texts, lectures, seminar discussions, and cultural experiences. Students also have the opportunity to design a course as a preceptorial and teach each other under a professor's guidance. The mission is to prepare each student for a personally fulfilling and socially responsible life during their college years at Chapman and beyond.

The undergraduate Honors Program satisfies the GE Inter/Multidisciplinary cluster. Select courses may also satisfy major, minor, elective or other general education requirements. The honors courses range in scope from music to math, sociology to science, and communication to religious and philosophical studies.

+-Program Details

The broad interdisciplinary honors program is based on great books and events from cultures from around the world. Honors students and faculty concentrate on mutually critical exchanges between the classics of human cultures and the contemporary world. Seminars are the heart of the honors program. They are grouped in 3 main areas of study:

  • Human Sciences
  • Natural Sciences
  • Social Sciences

+-Requirements

Honors students must:

  • Complete 9 Honors courses for a minimum of 25 credits.*
  • Select 7 classes from a variety of courses. Must take 1 course from each of the 3 main categories (Human Sciences, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences).
  • Take the 1-credit Honors Forum their 1st year as an Honors student.
  • Take the Honors Capstone Seminar.

 

* Transfer students with 60 units or more prior to matriculation are required to complete 4 Honors courses (at least 1 course from each category), the 1-credit Honors forum their 1st year as an Honors student, and the Honors Capstone seminar. Nine credits, other than the capstone seminar, must be at the 300 level or above.

+-How does Honors fit into the CU curriculum?

  • Completion of the program satisfies the Inter/Multidisciplinary GE Cluster.
  • Select courses may also satisfy other major, minor or GE requirements.
  • Any course taken while studying abroad for a semester can count as 1 of the Honors elective courses.

+-Honors Learning Outcomes

Upon completing a course in the University Honors Program, students will have:

  1. Obtained a starting point for integrative exploration of the development of cultures and intellectual achievements through a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives;
  2. Sharpened their ability to critically analyze and synthesize a broad range of knowledge through the study of primary texts and through engagement in active learning with fellow students, faculty, and texts (broadly understood);
  3. Understood how to apply more integrative and interdisciplinary forms of understanding in the advancement of knowledge and in addressing complex challenges shaping the world;
  4. Developed effective communication skills, specifically in the areas of written and oral exposition and analysis.
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Honors students win award for comic book research

Andrew Vo and Isabel Hsu took home the first place poster award at the 2013 National Collegiate Honors Conference in New Orleans.

Dare to Think.

Check out Sapere Aude, the Honors Program's online journal. The Fall 2013 theme is "Power" and the submission period is now open!