Honors Classes

Fall 2018 Honors Class Schedule

Honors Course Registration: To register for an Honors course, follow the same procedure as you would for any other course. There are no additional fees, and you do not have to complete an application or do other paperwork. All students are welcome in Honors courses at Saddleback College. All students completing an Honors course earn "H" notation on their transcripts next to the grade.

Note on Honors course names: Not all Honors courses have an "H" in the title, but the "H" always shows on the transcript alongside the grade earned.

The Most Frequently Asked FAQ: What Are Honors Classes Like? 


not more, not harder, but different


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.

"But college Honors is not designed to be about more work or harder work. It is truly student-centered education. It is meant to provide students with an education that helps them develop their own ideas rather than simply having them feed back information. It is about discussing issues and encouraging innovation in an atmosphere of open exchange, where students’ views are respected. Honors programs emphasize diverse perspectives, interdisciplinary course work, small classes, and greater interaction between students and professors. Honors education is about learning to think clearly, to write well, to argue thoughtfully. It is about developing the student’s fullest intellectual potential."

Source: http://nchchonors.org/hs-students-counselors-parents/the-difference-between-high-school-college-honors/

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 like-minded, 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!"

Source: http://honors.ucf.edu/admissions/faq#harder


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.

Special note for HUM 10A and 10B:
These are part of the Honors Core Curriculum, as are all HUM 30 and HUM 31 classes.
They are not sequential. That is, 10B is NOT a continuation of 10A, and 10A is NOT a pre-requisite to 10B.

Students may complete their Honors core requirements with any two Saddleback College HUM 10, 30, or 31 classes, and those classes may be taken in any order. However, no other Humanities courses fulfill this requirement, and these courses MUST be taken at Saddleback College. Irvine Valley College Honors Humanities courses do NOT count toward the Honors Core.

The syllabi below represent some, but not all, recent Humanities 10 course offerings.