University Honors Program
The mission of the University Honors Program is to challenge students at a higher level as they grapple with deeper questions of life, identity, and purpose within a global community.
The University Honors Program (UHP) is a challenging program offered on an invitation-only basis to incoming students with superior academic credentials. Once a student is part of the UHP, he/she must maintain a cumulative CLU GPA of 3.5 or higher to remain in the program. In addition, incoming students who accept a position in the UHP are awarded Honors at Entrance.
The First Year
As a first-year UHP student, you will attend one of three year-long foundational seminar courses: HNRS 101/102, the Natural Sciences Seminar; HNRS 103/104, the Social Sciences Seminar; or HNRS 115 (Phil)/115 (Engl), the Humanities Tutorial. These interdisciplinary seminars seek to develop strong critical thinkers and independent scholars by raising big questions, grappling with important texts and ideas, inviting careful reflection and analysis, and demanding a high level of effort and engagement. Classes are designed to stimulate the exceptional student beyond the level of mere comprehension, and are characterized by lively discussions with talented peers and professors, collaborative work, challenging assignments, and experiential learning activities.
Students emerge with many critical skills widely applicable to many disciplines and a level of competence and confidence that will benefit them while at CLU and well beyond graduation.
Second and Third Years
During their second and third years, UHP students attend at least one semester-long honors seminar each year. These seminars explore the interesting intellectual connections among different disciplines, and many fulfill core curriculum requirements. Recent honors seminars have included:
- HNRS 304 St Augustine's City of God
- HNRS 306 Masterpieces of German Literature in Translation
- HNRS 328 Cold War America
- HNRS 402 Post-Modernism: Politics and Philosophy of Art
- HNRS 413 Music and the Civil Rights Movement
- HNRS 477 Cityscapes
- HNRS 482 Music Masterpieces in Their Historical Contexts
- HNRS 482 Religious Conflict and Cooperation in SE Asia
In their final year, UHP students attend a one-semester capstone seminar course. Capstone courses have included, for example, HNRS 435 Faith and Reason, HNRS 402 Post-Modernism, HNRS 477 Cityscapes, and HNRS 497 Goodness Truth and Beauty.
Students who have completed the University Honors Program will have grown in their identity and values, learned a greater appreciation for diversity, developed critical thinking skills, practiced integrating knowledge with ethical reflection, and demonstrated comprehension of issues from a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives.
After successful completion of the UHP curriculum (a total of 20 units) and maintenance of a cumulative 3.5 GPA or higher, students will be awarded University Honors at graduation, and this significant honor will appear on their permanent Cal Lutheran transcript.
How to Join
First-year students who submit their Application for Admission and all supporting information by November 1st, and are invited to the UHP, are also invited to join us for Honors Day. This program is an opportunity for students to come to campus to learn about Cal Lutheran, the UHP, and also interview for the Presidential Scholarships, which range up to full tuition for four years.
If you are an incoming freshman student and you would like to be a part of the University Honors Program, but were not invited, please submit a letter outlining why you feel you should be accepted into the UHP, supporting documentation detailing your cumulative high school GPA, SAT or ACT scores, and a writing sample demonstrating your best academic work.
Petitions and appeals should be emailed to Wes Sullivan or mailed to:Director, University Honors Program
60 West Olsen Road #1350
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
If you are a transfer student and are interested in being a part of the University Honors Program please submit a letter along with supporting documentation outlining your cumulative GPA, any honors courses taken at other institutions, and why you feel you should be accepted into the UHP. Petitions by transfer students are considered on a case-by-case basis.
If you have any questions about the UHP, please email Wes Sullivan.