Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I join the University Honors Program?

The University Honors Program provides a pathway through the CORE-21 and is designed to be completed in as little as two years. Honors courses will challenge you to explore unique, timely topics created by your professors to specialized seminars in small class settings. As a student in the University Honors Program you will also be eligible for priority registration each semester (contact the Director for specific requirements that must be fulfilled each semester in order to be eligible), and University Honors students are also eligible for the UHP Scholarshipa $500 scholarship (awarded Fall of Sophomore Year after completing your first-year seminar sequence )

What is different about Honors courses?

Professors tailor Honors classes to suit not only their interests, but also those of their students. In small class settings, professors challenge students to engage in local, national and global questions through a creative and analytical lens..

Besides the courses, what are some other Honors Program benefits?

Each year, the University Honors Program hosts exclusive speakers, events, field trips, and other fantastic opportunities both on and off campus. In addition, students in the University Honors Program are eligible for priority registration each semester (contact the Director for specific requirements that must be fulfilled each semester in order to be eligible) and UHP students are also eligible to earn an additional $500 scholarship after completing their first-year seminar sequence (awarded Fall of Sophomore Year). University Honors Program students who choose to live on campus their first year are also eligible to apply to join the new UHP Living-Learning Community, housed in Mt. Clef Hall.

How do I find the Honors classes offered for next semester?

In WebAdvisor, select “Students.” Then, under Registration, click on “Search for Sections.” The term Honors will appear in the dropdown menu under “subjects.”

Can I study abroad and complete the University Honors Program?

Yes! The University Honors Program encourages students to take advantage of all opportunities on and off campus. Some study abroad programs, such as the CLU-Oxford exchange, even offer Honors sections.

Can transfer students participate in the University Honors Program?

Yes! Transfer students looking to join the Honors Program should review the Special Entry requirements.

Can I take more than 1 Honors course in a semester?

Yes. Since the Honors Program typically doesn’t offer the same course twice during a students' time at Cal Lutheran, some students take the opportunity to enroll in two or even three Honors courses in one semester.

How does the University Honors Program work for students who have a heavy course load?(course-heavy majors, double-majors, major+minor)

The UHP is designed to help students fulfill their CORE-21 requirements and fit with any major/minor. Furthermore, students who graduate with University Honors are awarded a medallion to wear at graduation and are the only students to have "University Honors" noted on both their transcripts and diplomas.

I’m a science major. Can I still do the Honors Program?

Of course! The University Honors Program is designed with every major in mind. In fact, nearly half of the current Honors Program participants are science majors!

Can I do the University Honors Program AND departmental honors?

Yes, University Honors Program participants begin their coursework in their first year, whereas departmental honors typically starts in a student's junior or senior year. Students who complete both departmental honors and the University Honors Program graduate “with Highest Honors.”

I’m in the 4+1 program. Am I eligible to participate?

Yes. As Honors students often complete the Honors Program by the end by their third-year, and 4+1 program classes typically begin during a students’ fourth year, it is absolutely feasible to complete both programs.

What happens if there aren’t any classes that meet my major?

Speak with your academic advisor, Department Chair, or the University Honors Program Chair. All can help you discern which classes can cover CORE-21 and meet the needs of your major.