Honors Classes

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/.

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The Most Fundamental 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.

"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 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!"

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 Saddleback FAQs: What's Humanities 10A and 10B?
 

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



Honors Program Planning Schedule
 

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:

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