The Most Frequently Asked FAQ: What Are Honors Classes Like?
FAQs are FAQs, which means they've been answered before. We're going to borrow what we think are the best answers, the ones that most closely match our Honors Program design and what our students experience.
Are Honors classes in college like Advanced Placement classes in high school?
"Most of the differences between high school honors classes and a college or university Honors education stem from the distinction between quantity and quality. High school honors classes tends to be distinguished from non-honors classes by the greater amount of work that honors students are required to do, or the faster (“accelerated”) speed at which they progress through their course work. Indeed, often when high school honors students first consider a college or university Honors education, they may feel some reluctance to take on what they believe will be extra work or little more than an accelerated version of an already-fast-paced college education.
Are Honors classes harder? Will taking Honors classes bring down a student's GPA?
"Honors classes are not designed to be harder and they typically do not cover more material than their non-Honors equivalents. In fact . . . we find that, actually, students tend to perform better in Honors classes than in non-Honors classes. Remember that likeminded, bright, curious, and talented students populate Honors classes, which are taught by some of the best UCF faculty. The result is an engaging and exciting classroom environment that will help you continue to excel!"
Are Honors classes weighted so that an "A" is 5 points? Are they extra units?
No, and no. But every Honors class is noted by an "H" on your transcript next to your grade, and many Honors courses have the word "Honors" in the title. Your transfer institutions, future employers, and you will know you challenged yourself to be and do your best while at Saddleback College.
The Most FAQ of the Honors Course FAQs: What's the Humanities Core?
Humanities 10, 30 and 31 courses are all on the theme of "Culture, Science, and Society." They are all studies of a subject from a cross-disciplinary perspective. They are team-taught by instructors in different -- sometimes widely different -- fields, and their content depends on the expertise of the faculty team. Humanities 30 and 31 courses are more tightly focused on specific issues described in the Saddleback College Catalog, but Humanities 10 courses take a wider focus because they're based on wide ideas themselves: renaissance and postmodernism. The syllabi below represent some, but not all, recent Humanities 10 course offerings.
- Scott Farthing, D.M.A. (Music) / Alannah Rosenberg, Ph.D. (Economics)
10A) Music: Art and Commodity
10B) Disneyland and the Postmodern World
- Humanities 30 and 31 DH: Recently renumbered from a version of Humanities 10.
The syllabi below reflect the old numbering, but the course content reflects the BH sequence:
Margot Lovett, Ph.D. (History) / Ray Zimmerman, Ph.D. (English Literature)
30BH) Power, Resistance, and Empire
31BH) Power, Resistance, and the Transformation of Empire
- Humanities 30 and 31 CH: Recently renumbered from a version of Humanities 10.
The syllabi below reflect the old numbering, but the course content reflects the CH sequence:
James Repka, Ph.D. (Geology) / Lawrence Twicken, Ph.D. (Political Science)
30CH) Natural and Social Science, Ancient Greece to the Renaissance
31CH) Natural and Social Science, Enlightenment to the Present
Honors Program Planning Schedule
To find out what Honors Program courses are offered in any given semester of the current academic year, click the "Honors Classes" tab on the Class Schedule page: http://www.saddleback.edu/cs/. A direct link to the Fall 2016 schedule of Honors classes is here.
To help you plan schedule, a calendar grid of Fall 2016 Honors courses is below. It's printable via PDF. This is only for quick reference. Course topics, instructors, and other detailed information can be found via the schedule links above.
Caveat: Many things can disrupt plans. However, the general structure of the Honors Program involves continual regular-semester offerings of our "core" classes and a fairly predictable rotation of our electives.
For our current plan, last updated September 2014, download this document: