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Honors Program

Information for Current La Sierra University Students (transfers from University Studies)

Current La Sierra University students can switch over to Honors from the General education track: "University Studies." Current students are able to apply to the Honors Program up the 3rd quarter of his/her junior year. This will provide the student with enough time to get his/her graduation contract in order and complete the Honors Scholarship project.

Students transferring from University Studies will need to submit two letters of recommendation like students transferring from another university. Please check the application deadlines to ensure you are accepted before the quarter you wish to enter the program.

Freshment or sophomores transferring from La Sierra University's "University Studies" general education program

Freshmen or sophomores transferring to the Honors Program should, ideally, have completed or are in the process of completing some of the following courses:

  • A laboratory-based course from Theme IV-A or IV-B
  • Lifetime Fitness (PEAC 120)
  • Modern or ancient language through Intermediate I level (e.g., four quarters or three semesters of a modern language). Note that many students may be able to test for competency in a modern foreign language.
  • College Algebra
  • ENGL 111, 112, 113 or ENGL 124

If you are planning on transferring several months in the future, you may want to consult the Honors Director about options for fulfilling the Global Cultures in Context requirement (consisting of a class dealing with global cultures or societies, along with an international experience and accompanying essays and analysis). Note that you should talk to the Honors Director before participating in an international experience (e.g., Adventist Colleges Abroad, Honors Semester, Student Missions) if you would like it to fulfill this requirement.

Requirements that apply to all transfer Honors students can be found in the last section of this page.

Juniors transferring from La Sierra University's "University Studies" general education program

Juniors transferring to the Honors Program should, ideally, have completed the following courses:

  • A laboratory-based course from Theme IV-A or IV-B
  • A course from Theme I or II-B
  • A Theme III-A or III-D course
  • Lifetime Fitness (PEAC 120)
  • Modern or ancient language through Intermediate I level (e.g., four quarters or three semesters of a modern language). Note that many students may be able to test for competency in a modern foreign language.
  • College Algebra (MATH 121)
  • Calculus I (MATH 131) or Statistics I (MATH 251)
  • ENGL 111, 112, 113 or ENGL 124

If you are planning on transferring several months in the future, you may want to consult the Honors Director about options for fulfilling the Global Cultures in Context field experience requirement (consisting of an international experience and accompanying essays and analysis). Note that you should talk to the Honors Director before participating in an international experience (e.g., Adventist Colleges Abroad, Honors Semester, Student Missions) if you would like it to fulfill this requirement.

Requirements that apply to all transfer Honors students are in the next section.

Requirements that apply to all Transfer Honors students

In addition to the specific course requirements listed above, the following are required of all students who transfer into the Honors Program:

"Catching-Up" on the Reading: All of the Honors Courses have readings; for each class, a few readings are identified as "key readings" that students return to later in their program. When a student is accepted to the Program as a Sophomore or higher transfer student, she or he is given a list of readings to complete by the end of her or his first quarter in the Program. That way, when a student makes reference to something learned in an earlier Honors class, the transfer students will be able to better follow the arguments. This type of arrangement has been used at many top colleges and universities.

Assembling a Portfolio: All students in the Program develop a portfolio of their best work throughout the Program. Several courses focus on revision and analysis of these portfolios. When a student joins the Program, she or he meets with the Honors Rhetoric Coordinator to plan the portfolio, that is due 30 days after the student's second quarter in the Program. While transfer students may need to write some papers for their initial portfolio, the amount of writing will be much less if she or he has papers from other classes. So: Save all of your papers from all of your college classes. It will save time later.

 

Contact Us

Honors Program

La Sierra University

4500 Riverwalk Parkway 
Riverside, CA 92515

honors@lasierra.edu

951.785.2310

 

Office Location:

South Hall #100

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