Every student electing General Honors in the University Honors Program must complete all university-wide graduation requirements. General Honors is itself not a major. For additional information regarding UHP requirements, please consult the online University Catalog.
Once admitted to the Honors Program, students follow one of two plans:
General Honors Plan I (minimum of 24 lower- and upper-division units) is designed for entering freshmen.
It consists of a minimum of 18 units of lower- and upper-division General Education, major, and/or elective Honors courses (which may include UHP 100 and UHP 150, but must include at least two of the Los Angeles Studies series of UHP courses: UHP 101, 201, 301, 401) and a culminating 6-unit senior thesis/project in the student's major (UHP 496 - Research Participation and UHP 498 - Senior Thesis/Project).
General Honors Plan II (minimum of 15 upper-division units) is primarily designed for upper-division transfers from community colleges and continuing CSULB students.
It consists of a minimum of 9 units of upper-division General Education, major, and/or elective Honors courses and a culminating 6-unit senior thesis/project in the student's major (UHP 496 - Research Participation and UHP 498 - Senior Thesis/Project).
Important Note: Many CSULB majors provide students with an option to pursue Honors in the Major. Students in General Honors whose major department offers an Honors in the Major option may apply to participate in both programs, in which case the General Honors thesis requirement would be satisfied through the Honors in the Major option. Although Honors in the Major requirements may vary among departments, usually they entail independent study, seminar courses, high levels of performance, and senior projects or theses culminating in a broad knowledge of subject matter. Information concerning Honors in the Major is available in participating departmental offices.
In addition to completing the number of academic units required for General Honors Plan I or II, a student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher in Honors and in all University courses attempted to earn an Honors Certificate. Students who fall below this required minimum GPA are placed on inactive status until they have regained a GPA of 3.00 or higher.
Additionally, students who have failed to enroll in courses for Honors credit for two consecutive semesters are not considered in good standing and will normally be withdrawn from the Program.
Demonstrated lack of engagement in the CSULB Honors community as well as dishonest behavior/plagiarism are also grounds for dismissal from the University Honors Program.
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