Honors Program

The Cypress College Honors Program is designed to encourage talent and ability in highly motivated students as they begin their academic studies and prepare to transfer to a four-year college or university. Students who complete the Honors Program and meet all major transfer requirements will have priority consideration for admission to specific four-year institutions.

Classes are taught by faculty interested in enriching the students’ academic experience with special projects, readings and class activities. The Program provides a unique, seminar environment with close academic and social interaction with outstanding faculty and other highly motivated honors students. Guest speakers, cultural events and field trips enhance the challenging and creative learning experience.

The Transfer Alliances

Cypress College is a member of the Honors Transfer Council of California. This group has established transfer alliance agreements with four-year colleges and universities.

Honors Courses
ANTH 101HCHonors Biological Anthropology3
ANTH 102HCHonors Cultural Anthropology3
ART 112HC Honors Survey of Art History II3
ASTR 116HC Honors Introduction to Astronomy3
ASTR 117HCHonors Astronomy Lab1
BIOL 101HCHonors General Biology5
COMM 100HCHonors Human Communication3
COMM 220HCHonors Rhetoric of the City3
COUN 135HCHonors Leadership3
COUN 160HCHonors University Transition1
ECON 100HCHonors Principles of Economics3
ECON 105HCHonors Principles of Economics3
ENGL 100HCHonors College Writing3
ENGL 102HC Honors Introduction to Literature3
ENGL 103HC Honors Critical Reasoning and Writing4
ENGL 104HC Honors Critical Analysis and Literature4
ENGL 125HCHonors Film3
ENGL 234HCHonors Shakespeare3
ETHS 101HCHonors American Ethnic Studies3
GEOG 100HCHonors World Geography3
GEOL 100HCHonors Physical Geology3
HIST 110HCHonors Western Civilizations I3
HIST 111HC Honors Western Civilizations II3
HIST 112HCHonors World Civilizations I3
HIST 113HCHonors World Civilizations II3
HIST 170HC Honors History of the United States I3
HIST 171HC Honors History of the United States II3
INDS 120HCHonors Program Seminar1
MUS 118HCHonors Introduction to Opera3
PHIL 100HC Honors Introduction to Philosophy3
POSC 100HC Honors United States Government3
PSY 101HC Honors Introduction to Psychology3
PSY 161HC Honors Probability and Statistics-Social Sciences (Same as SOC 161HC)3
SOC 101HC Honors Introduction to Sociology3
SOC 161HC Honors Probability and Statistics-Social Sciences (Same as PSY 161HC)3
THEA 107HC Honors Diversity in American Theater3

Requirements for Entrance

  • Minimum 3.25 GPA in high school course work or a minimum of 3.0 GPA in 6 units of college course work, verified by transcripts.
  • Eligibility for ENGL 100 C.
  • Completion of the Honors Transfer Program application.

To Continue in the Program

  • Achieve grades of “C” or higher in all Honors classes.
  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in all Cypress College course work.
  • Complete a minimum of one Honors Course each semester.

To Complete the Program

  • Complete six (6) Honors designated classes for a minimum eighteen (18) units.
  • Complete COUN 160HC Honors College/University Transition and INDS 120HC Honors Theme Seminar.
  • Complete the requirements necessary to be accepted by the transfer school in your major.
  • Complete two extracurricular activities and a Service Learning component each semester.

Benefits for Students while Enrolled

  • Increased Scholarship opportunities.
  • Small classes with a seminar environment.
  • Special counseling and advisement with the Honors Program Director and Honors Counselor.
  • Library privileges at transfer colleges and universities.
  • Invitation to special Honors Forums, seminars and social events.
  • Honors Club Membership.
  • Membership opportunities with Alpha Gamma Sigma Honors Society.

Benefits of Completion of the Program

  • Priority consideration for admission at the junior level to selected four-year colleges and universities.
  • Special recognition at Commencement.
  • Honors notation on transcripts.

Applying to the Program

For more information please contact:

Penny Gabourie, Honors Program Counselor

Kathryn Sonne, Honors Program Director

Honors Program Office is located in the Transfer Center
Located in the Student Center
(714) 484-7452