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Requirements for the Honors Program

All students who enjoy academic intensity and meet course prerequisites are welcome to attend our enriched honors classes. Students seeking to reach their highest level of achievement, and who meet the criteria below, are invited to apply to the Honors Program:

  1. A minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA from high school, or if already attending college a 3.0 with 12 transferable units from Golden West College (GWC) or other regionally accredited institution.
  2. Eligibility for or successful completion of Freshman Composition: English 100 or 100H. Eligibility or completion may be determined by English placement results, prior coursework at GWC or other regionally accredited colleges, or by attaining a score of 3 or higher on the Advanced Placement English (AP) exam.
  3. Eligibility for or successful completion of Intermediate Algebra: Math 030. Eligibility or completion may be determined by Math placement results, prior coursework at GWC or other regionally accredited colleges, or by attaining a score of 3 or higher on the Advanced Placement Math (AP) exam.
  4. Completion of an honors program application and submission of all required documentation.

Maintaining Eligibility

  1. Maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  2. Complete English 100H during the first semester in the program (unless English 100 has already been completed).
  3. Complete at least one honors course each semester, earning a minimum of a “C” grade.

Completion Requirements

Students participating in the full Program need to fulfill the following requirements to receive credit as graduates of the Honors Program.

  1. Maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA in all transferable coursework.
  2. Complete a minimum of 18 units of honors classes with a “C” or better in each class. Subject to approval, up to 6 units of honors classes may be accepted from another regionally accredited college.
  3. Complete a minimum of 18 hours of community service. (Hours may only be accumulated during participation in the GWC Honors Seminar, Humanities 190H).
  4. Membership for a minimum of two semesters in the GWC Honors Program.
  5. Earn a grade of “C” or better on the Honors Thesis.

If you feel ready to begin receiving all the benefits from full participation in the Honors Program, contact 892-7711 ext. 52462.

If you have questions about the program or about whether it is right for you, please feel free to contact Honors Counselor Stephanie Dumont at sdumont@gwc.cccd.edu or at 714-892-7711 x51253.