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The College of Arts and Humanities Honors Program is designed to provide the opportunity for advanced interdisciplinary studies to upper-division students with outstanding scholarly and creative achievements.  The program also provides interaction with a community of intellectual peers in arts and humanities and related disciplines.  The program consists of a three-course commitment (9-10 units), beginning with the 3-unit Honors Seminar (AH 100H) taken in the second semester of the junior year.  Each participating department will then provide courses or an independent study option for honors students for the subsequent first semester of the senior year, culminating in the student's completion of a research/creative project in the second semester of the student’s senior year.  A  three-unit Honors Colloquium (AH 101H) will serve as a culmination experience for students to present and discuss their research/creative projects.  This program will encourage students to cross traditional disciplinary boundaries through discussion with faculty and fellow students in different departments and to work closely with faculty toward the completion of a research or creative project of the student's choice.

Application Criteria

  • Cumulative G.P.A. of 3.5 (in last 60 units)
  • Completed at least one semester at California State University, Fresno
  • A maximum 1,000 word typed personal statement of purpose explaining why you wish to participate in the Honors Program
  • A substantial sample of your writing and/or creative work
  • A letter of recommendation/nomination from a Fresno State faculty member willing to serve as your mentor/adviser who can speak to your ability to successfully complete the honors program and to assist you with the successful completion of the honors thesis/project
  • Copy of your current unofficial transcript
  • Applications are accepted in September for the following spring semester

Criteria for Continuance and Completion of the Honors Program

  • Maintain a minimum 3.5 cumulative G.P.A.
  • Grade of A in AH100 H
  • Grade of A in AH101 H
  • Completion of Honors Project/Thesis
  • Notify instructors of courses listed in approved honors program that you are using the course to fulfill CAH Honors Program requirements and that you are expected to complete honors level work for their course.
  • Application form

Benefits to the Students in the Arts and Humanities Honors Program

  • Graduate with Honors Cord and Medallion
  • Recognition during the Arts and Humanities Convocation
  • Designation of graduating with Honors in Arts and Humanities on the diploma
  • Free admission to the University Lecture Series and A & H performances for the First Honors Seminar
  • Optional attendance in the Smittcamp Honors Colloquium
  • Honors library privileges
  • Priority Registration

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