For Teaching Faculty
The best place to find and develop ideas for honors coursework is here at Cañada within
the group of faculty who are currently supporting our student scholars. Here is a
link to some sample course syllabi from The National Collegiate Honors Council. http://nchchonors.org/members-area/sample-honors-course-syllabi-2/
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The Honors Transfer Program is designed to be accessible to all academically qualifying
students. In order to reach the broadest selection of students and the widest variety
of transfer programs, it is comprised of a combination of the following curricular
offerings: Honors Sections of existing courses, Honors Seminars, Honors Contracts,
Honors-level Independent Studies, Honors-level Research Projects or Honors-level Internships.
- Honors Section: These are courses offered at the Honors level; however they are open
to all registered students if they meet the course pre-requisites. Courses offered
as Honors Sections need to be scheduled along with all other class offerings and must
have a current Honors Addendum attached to the Course Outline of Record through CurricUNET.
- Honors Seminar: These are learning communities that provide a way for students to
complete their unit requirement in an enriched honors environment. An example of this
is a one-or two unit honors Seminar in a discipline that is linked to a number of
other courses in that discipline or related disciplines. If the student completes
the Honors Seminar they receive honors credit for both the Seminar and the regular
course in which they have earned a B or better.Courses offered as Honors Seminars
need to be scheduled along with all other class offerings and must have a current
Honors Addendum attached to the Course Outline of Record through CurricUNET.
- Honors-level Independent Study (695): Independent Studies or Research Projects can
be used to round out the Honors experience. Faculty can supervise students in the
completion an intensive research project or high-level internship. While the content
of the experience is individually negotiated between the faculty member and the student,
the project must be approved by the full time, discipline coordinator. Honors-level
Independent Studies may be used toward HTP Completion, but may not be used toward
UCLA TAP certification. Students engaging in Honors-level 695s must complete both
the Cañada College Independent Study 695 application and the Honors Contract Application.
- Honors Contract: An Honors Contract is individually negotiated between the faculty
member and the student in a specific, transfer-level course. The Honors Contract is
graded on a "Pass/No Pass" basis and will in no way affect the student's grade in
the course. Successful completion of the Honors Contract will result in the student's
receiving honors credit for the whole course on her/his transcript. Note that you
must receive a "C" or better in the course to receive this honors credit. Honors Contracts must be approved by the full time, discipline coordinator.
Honor Contract Guidelines: All Honors Contracts must be scholarly endeavors over and
above the normally expected curriculum at the lower division, and it must be clearly
described in the application. Examples of "What Makes It Honors":
- Topics that are more advanced than regular, lower division course work,
- Research beyond standard course assignment,
- Extensive reliance on primary source documents,
- Critical thinking and extended analysis not required in standard course work,
- Creative synthesis of materials beyond standard requirements of the course.
Honors Contract Requirements:
- Instructor, in consultation with student, determines Honors Contract design and timeline
- Research papers must be typed and a minimum of 10 pages, free of typographical, spelling,
grammar and style errors. Cover page must be attached indicating it is an Honors Contract.
Paper must include an abstract and 5 – 7 scholarly references. If appropriate, a Power
Point style presentation may also be completed.
- For Honors Contracts in the fine and creative arts, Honors Contracts must be at a
level higher than typical lower division work and must be presented in a professional
- Instructor must arrange to meet with student throughout the term to check on progress,
work out details, etc.; four or five meetings are suggested.
- Student must earn a C or higher in the course to earn honors credit.
- Honors students may drop out of the Honors Contract obligation at any time during
the semester. This termination of the Honors Contract will not go on the student's
transcript, however of course s/he will not receive Honors credit for the class. Failure
to complete an Honors Contract may be taken into account the next time the student
submits an Honors Contract proposal.
The Honors Content Section of the CurricUNET new course or modification form should
This course may be offered at an honors level. While the class content remains the
same and students can expect to achieve the same student learning outcomes, the students
experience in an honors section may be significantly different in the following ways:
- Topics covered with greater breadth and depth than non-honors, lower division course
- Research expectations are beyond non-honors course assignments;
- Extensive reliance on primary source documents and more advanced research methodology
- Greater critical thinking and extended analysis than in non-honors course work; and,
- Creative projects and/or documentation beyond non-honors course requirements
The specific details about how honors-level work is implemented in this course are
included in the Honors Course Addendum.
The Honor Addendum asks you to consider a number of issues identified by the UCLA
TAP program as integral for creating honors-level coursework.
Conferences and Support
Bay Honors Consortium Faculty Roundtable
The Bay Honors Consortium and Mills College invite community college honors faculty
to the beautiful Lokey Graduate School of Business for the third annual Honors Faculty
Roundtable. Last year's event brought together honors faculty and staff from nine
Bay Area colleges for a stimulating day of innovation, camaraderie and conviviality.
The National Collegiate Honors Council is held each year in November. It brings together
students, faculty and administrators in a robust discussion about honor programs across
the U.S. http://nchchonors.org/annual-conference/
Council on Undergraduate Research
"The mission of the Council on Undergraduate Research is to support and promote high-quality
undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship. CUR and its
affiliated colleges, universities, and individuals share a focus on providing undergraduate
research opportunities for faculty and students at all institutions serving undergraduate
students. CUR believes that faculty members enhance their teaching and contribution
to society by remaining active in research and by involving undergraduates in research."