The Honors Program is designed to give students in the College of Letters and Science the opportunity to pursue their interests as part of a community of scholars. The program connects you to the resources of a large university while providing an intimate collegiate atmosphere where you work closely with peers and professors in small classes, research laboratories, and special programs and activities.
Announcing changes to the Honors Program:
The College of Letters and Science Faculty Executive Committee has approved changes to the requirements new students must meet to complete the Honors Program and receive the Academic Excellence Award. These revised requirements apply to students joining the Honors Program as first-year (not transfer) students and second-year students. For details about the new requirements as well as the requirements for students who joined prior to 2017, please go to "Completing the Program."
These changes encourage students in their first two years in the program to use Honors Experiences to explore the College from a liberal arts perspective, find a major they are passionate about, and build close contact with faculty. The goal of Honors is to mentor students toward a transformative capstone academic experience. We hope that their time in Honors will encourage students to pursue Departmental Honors ('Distinction in the Major'), conduct original research, study abroad extensively, take campus leadership roles, or initiate their own significant community service project.
We are excited about these changes and what they will mean for the Honors Program and its students. If you have any questions, please contact the Honors advisors.
Interim Dean, Division of Undergraduate Education
College of Letters & Science
Honors Student Testimonials
"I absolutely loved my job as an Honors Program Peer. Getting to meet so many extremely intelligent and driven individuals really inspires me. I'm also excited to share my experiences with the incoming Honors students through the Honors Mentor program because I know they will be amazed by how many opportunities they will receive through this program! Not to mention how much fun they will have if they join our Isla Vista Elementary Tutoring Program!"Haley Ferrera, Alumna and former Honors Program Peer
"Being a part of the Honors Program has helped me cultivate deeper connections with my professors and has opened me up to new and exciting opportunities that I didn't imagine I would have during my college years at such a large university. As an Honors Program Peer, I was excited to organize more events to help create a sense of community and togetherness within the Honors Program." [We recommend following the Honors Program's Facebook page for updates on upcoming events.]Mallory Shiroyama, Alumna and former Honors Program Peer
"I’m so thankful to be a part of the Honors Program here at UCSB. Not only has it opened me up to opportunities I never thought I’d have the chance to do during college, it has also provided me with greater connections with my professors — a privilege at such a large university. For my Environmental Studies Honors Section with Professor Alagona, I had the chance to go on a 3-day field trip to the Sierra Nevada, where we were able to meet lots of prestigious people in a variety of job fields, as well as see how environmental issues are very important today."Rachel DeAngelis, Fourth year Theater Major
"My favorite experience in the Honors Program was Dr. John Park's Honors Seminar on Law and Disobedience. This course opened my mind to the vast number of sources from which knowledge can come; I have since broadened my education by attending events such as TEDxUCSB, a Ted Talk event at which Dr. Park spoke about how power and knowledge contribute to modern race relations. He is so charismatic and made class sessions feel both casual and professional, encouraging the connection of issues across disciplines, as well as giving useful advice on life after college. Plus he always offered tea and chocolate."Megan O'Beirne, Fourth year double majoring in Environmental Studies and Global Studies
"Participating in the Honors Program allowed me to work one-on-one with my professors to get even more out of my already great Sociology courses. My honors standing as well as my leadership experience from being the Isla Vista Tutoring Coordinator made my resume stand out and helped me to already receive an offer for a great, full-time career after graduation."Kate Chase, Alumna and former Isla Vista Tutoring Coordinator
"Although I joined the Honors Program for the early registration times, after joining I realized the tremendous opportunities to network with other students and work closely with faculty."Chris Condron, Alumnus
"I really enjoy having the opportunity to take Honors Seminars and Honors Contracts in unique subject areas. Many professors teach seminars or establish contracts around a specific area of interest to them, thus allowing students to learn about a topic that may not be offered in other UCSB courses."Kristen Wieser, Alumna
"I love that the Honors Program creates a small community within a large university, making my experience as a student more manageable and rewarding."Audrey Abeyta, Alumna
"A few of the relationships I’ve built have been maintained, which made the process of getting letters of recommendation much easier."Jeannette Figg, Alumna, Yale law student
"The Honors Program has given me the opportunity to develop better relationships with my professors while also creating a more in-depth academic experience."Kelsey Foltz, Alumna
"Through Honors Sections and Contracts, I enjoy having thought-provoking discussions and participating in challenging projects that go beyond what’s required of you as a regular student in class. You get to form relationships with faculty who are prestigious in their areas of expertise and actively engage with their wealth of knowledge."Kaitlyn Hollister, Alumna
"I have had the opportunity of going deeper in the course material through projects, research and building closer relationships with professors, which has allowed me to truly make the most of my academic career at UCSB."Danielle Mayorga, Alumna
"The Honors Program has allowed me to develop close ties to UCSB faculty members through Honors Contracts and Sections. It has also opened up volunteer opportunities such as the Isla Vista Elementary School tutoring program."Michael Moses, Alumnus