Honors Courses and Contracts
In Spring 2015, a number of transferable courses are being offered with honors embedded in them. If students wish to take the course for honors credit, they first have to be in the honors program.
Fill out an application (see "Forms" on the left-hand side of the page) and bring it to Dr. Klaschus in 2174. The honors student will be expected to complete the requirements as outlined by the instructor in an honors syllabus, which is separate from the regular course syllabus. To receive honors credit, students must earn an "A" or "B" in the regular course as well as completing the requirements for the honors portion. Students who successfully complete the honors requirements will receive an "Honors" designation next to the course title on their transcripts.
The following are being offered with embedded honors components in Fall 2015
HUMN 3 VO1 Film-Drama-Music-Art-Lyric Poetry Chiolis
HUMN 7 VO1 Contemorary Humanities Klaschus
HUMN 10 VO1 The American Style Chiolis
HUMN 10 093 The American Style Klaschus
HUMN 28 VO1 The Classic Myths Klaschus
HUMN 44 VO1 Narrative Film Music Klaschus
PHIL 1 093 God, Nature, Human Nature Bodnar
PHIL 2 VO1 Ethics Bodnar
SPAN 1A VO1 and SPAN 1A VO3 Beginning Spanish Suarez
SPAN 1B VO1 Elementary Spanish Suarez
Any transferable course at LPC may become an honors course. Here's how it works:
For example, if an honors student is interested in taking a psychology course for honors credit, but that course is not listed in the schedule as having honors embedded in it,she goes to the instructor during the early weeks of the semester to inquire if that instructor is willing to mentor the student through an honors project. If the instructor agrees, the student and instructor together create and plan the project, and then both sign the "honors contract" to indicate their commitment to it. If the student completes the project to the satisfaction of the instructor and the honors director by the designated date at the end of the term, that student's transcript will have an "honors" notation on it next to that class. The work must be completed that term. If a student fails to complete the project, there is no penalty. A student must receive an "A" or "B" in the course for the honors contract to qualify.
Honors contracts consist of in-depth research, demonstration of critical thinking, and scholarship of greater breadth or depth than the normal coursework. The specific content and shape of the projects vary widely and should be designed to help prepare the student for work at a four-year school. Topics are invidivdual and very flexible, but here are some examples:
a traditional research paper;
an extended annotated bibliography;
a case study or series of studies;
specialized lab experiments;
literary compositions, e.g. work on a novel or poems
gathering and analysis of statistical data.
Contact Dr. Klaschus for more information.
The Honors Seminar: General Studies 9
GNST 9 is not transferable and may only be taken once.
The Honors Seminar, GNST 9, is a one-unit non-transferable class that meets once a week and is geared toward introducing students to the honors program and helping them set their academic goals. In the fall term, emphasis is on helping students with the process of transferring to a four-year college or university, with special attention given to writing the UC personal statements as well as essays required by private universities. Contact Dr. Klaschus for more information.